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Need advice! Am 24 and have an offer at a consumer D2C startup (<30 employees). The team is super smart and growing revenue fast enough to be on track for a strong acquisition in a few years (the end goal). My concern is it’s not tech based or a “name brand”. Could that hurt my prospects when I’m ready to exit? Like, are startups evaluated differently based on their products (tech vs non tech) or is it just the role at the startup that matters? Thanks so much for thoughts :)

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FWIW, current salary is $220K (wouldnt expect to make this amount anywhere else) and startup total comp would be $150K (obvi much less but still super high for my age / experience)

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current salary is 220 at 24? Nice- MBB?

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Yep and I am so so unbelievably fortunate to have this as baseline rn! I just have this itch to get my hands wet with something outside of consulting though :)

Do you think you’ll enjoy this work environment? Early stage start up is a huge difference in terms of culture and expectations especially if they plan to sell in a few years. I think you’ll learn the same fundamental skills in trying to push a non tech product to market and trying to understand who/where/how to sell while competing against the market. If it were me I’d think more about the fit aspect and my specific role on the team. You’re young and if you’re already making this much money it could be a good career growth opp

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So helpful thank you for this response! I think I would… I mean no way to know without trying but my interviewers (who would be my managers) have seemed like super incredible and fun people so far. Any advice on questions to ask to assess fit aspect?

You’re fine

Joining a startup at that early stage and already thinking about exit opps is a bad sign. Anything less than 100% devotion to the cause of the next funding round or exit probably means the job is not for you.

If you’re not super passionate about the startup or if you are not given enough equity for a potential seven figure exit, then you are better off going to work for a larger company and gaining skills in a more structured environment

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