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Read through earlier threads about transitioning to/founding a startup. Are there any consultants who were part of a startup in their earlier careers? How do your consulting lives compare with that?

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I was an early hire (#8) at an enterprise payments startup. The highs were incredibly high and the lows... well low. My compensation would’ve been amazing if my stock options amounted to anything :)

I miss the unknown part of it most and the feeling that any day I could dramatically change the course of the entire business. That’s definitely different from a project based consultant role coming

in on a narrower scope in much larger corporations. Oddly my work life balance is better now, but passion and drive is lower. I do think a startup is something every one should try at least once

I started a company 7 months ago.. Even though most of my weekends and nights are dedicated to the startup, I don't give a shit.. Running your own biz feels so right

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