When/ how to move companies?

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ljowalk

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an experienced educator and instructional designer, I am the director of curriculum and product as a co-founder of a startup that teaches kids to code.
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Jul 19 10 Comments

I am currently a co-founder (1.5 years in) at a tech company and essentially the (only female) management, as well as the only person who has any knowledge of the product. My 3 male business partners are keeping me out of decisions and my faith in the product has waned, but they keep offering raises.

I've also had a hard time finding a comparably (paid) position elsewhere. As a newbie to business ( was in public education before) what are some things I can do to break into a management role in a mid-size (50+ person) startup. I have technical engineering knowledge, project management, and editing under my belt at this point, but am only being interviewed for bottom of the totem pole positions.

I'm in Austin, so there has to be something here for me!

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  • Google dCyj41
    You are a 3 yeo at a startup where you are only a manager because you are a cofounder and it doesn't sound like you have a formal technical background. Of course your getting entry level positions
    Jul 19 2
    • Google m6r4
      You come across extremely arrogantly. That's neat that you started a failing a company, but that doesn't entitle you to any job you want.

      You sound like you have dipped your toes in many areas, but don't have depth of knowledge in any of them. You are going to have to accept that larger companies want more specialized skill sets.

      I'd consider what things you enjoyed the most at the startup and try to get a role in that field. It will be fairly entry level, but if you are capable you will advance quickly. Otherwise start a new company and be your own boss. Clearly you are excellent at that.
      Jul 19
    • New / Other
      ljowalk

      New Other

      BIO
      An experienced educator and instructional designer, I am the director of curriculum and product as a co-founder of a startup that teaches kids to code.
      ljowalkmore
      OP
      I was looking for constructive advice, no trolls please!
      Jul 19
  • Uber / Eng だら
    What are these “bottom-of-the-totem positions”? First-level manager? What level do you expect?
    Jul 19 3
    • New / Other
      ljowalk

      New Other

      BIO
      an experienced educator and instructional designer, I am the director of curriculum and product as a co-founder of a startup that teaches kids to code.
      ljowalkmore
      OP
      Jr instructional designer, Jr everything. Any management position would do. I worked as a product manager on our software, and architected and designed the entire curriculum AND training program for a kids coding company. Is it because it's a small company?
      Jul 19
    • Uber / Eng だら
      How many people did you manage?
      Jul 19
    • New / Other
      ljowalk

      New Other

      BIO
      an experienced educator and instructional designer, I am the director of curriculum and product as a co-founder of a startup that teaches kids to code.
      ljowalkmore
      OP
      About 6, 3 of them direct reports as contract content developers
      Jul 19
  • Facebook / Eng
    madhuridix

    Facebook Eng

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    madhuridixmore
    You should found another company.
    Jul 19 0
  • Google m6r4
    What exactly is "technical engineering knowledge"?
    Jul 19 1
    • New / Other
      ljowalk

      New Other

      BIO
      an experienced educator and instructional designer, I am the director of curriculum and product as a co-founder of a startup that teaches kids to code.
      ljowalkmore
      OP
      Wrote curriculum and now know full stack app dev, C# Unity programming, Arduino programming, as well as experience as a product manager helping develop our proprietary software
      Jul 19