My current company made it to IPO, and I’m thinking about leaving to join a startup (things are simply too corporate and bureaucratic now - I’m bored, underutilized, and feel like I’ve hit a career growth ceiling). I stumbled into my current role with a fair amount of chance and luck, and this is the first time I’m proactively seeking to join a startup. What do I need to look for?!?

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What kind of start up? Maybe we should talk 😉

It really depends what you’re looking for. It sounds like you want to have significant impact and I’d then recommend looking for a startup where you can have that. So if your relatively senior in your career maybe a series A through C stage startup. If you’re a bit earlier in your career maybe see stage to Series A. You’ll get to utilize all of your skill sets in this way. The earlier the stage the more hands in you’ll be. Find a company that you’re interested in as well - either intellectually or just as a potential end user or costumer. Lastly I’d recommend checking out startups funded by top tier VCs and especially ones who have recently raised money.

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I would go for Series B or C. You want to see consistent growth over the last few years, not just in revenue but users, and you want to use your intuition on the product itself. Does it seem to be something that's evolving or are they pretty tied to their current offering, OR are they making too many changes too quickly. Then, there's a balance between going somewhere that's suddenly hiring a ton of folks (could be a good sign and easier to get but you'll get more lost in the mix) and being at the early stage of hires but somewhere you can trust you'll have a job at in a year.

High growth and a lot of opportunity within the product development. Make sure you don't focus too much on what they have raised, and more on how they're doing YOY. This will be a great phase for you I bet.

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