Thoughts on asking a startup about their profitability in an interview setting?

Is this okay or something that is frowned upon?

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If they’re early, then being profitable may be a red flag that they aren’t scaling their team well and everyone is overworked. If they’re not profitable, it could be because they haven’t hit economies of scale yet, which isn’t necessarily alarming.

Doesn’t hurt to ask, but the answer may not tell the whole story.

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Thanks so much! I'll definitely ask these!

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Ask them to describe their "Path To Green". You will have to read between the lines, but you might get some tidbits to work with.

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“Path to green” probably has some assumptions about closing deals and/or reducing costs. That doesn’t mean things will go as planned.

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I think it is an extremely normal question. How do you plan on becoming profitable is something any startup needs to be able to answer.

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Yes. Transparency is a MUST

I think it's okay. You have the right to know their profitability since you're taking a risk as well. But if they're really new or just started, then I think this question might put them off.

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