Startup founders need more than investors, education, and resources. They need employees. They need talent that will help their company grow. They need you.
Whether you’re a marketing magician, a prolific accountant, or at the tip-top of your graduating class, there’s a lot to consider before jumping into the startup life. Ask yourself these four questions. Assess the risk, then decide if you ought to say yes.
1. What will I actually be doing at this startup?
There’s a lot of excitement and pressure in entrepreneurial settings to get in on the ground floor of a new company, says Scott Meadow, clinical professor of entrepreneurship at the Chicago Booth School of Business. But if you’re well into a career path, be cautious. A fresh start might seem tempting, but startups are a meritocracy. Dashed CEO Phil Dumontet played double duty as his first bike-delivery guy in a business of one. Mark Zuckerberg was his own first developer. There’s a flat structure in startups that isn’t right for everyone. Be very clear on what you’ll be doing — and ask yourself if you’re okay with it.
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