An engineer’s guide to picking a startup | TechCrunch
Complexity is your enemy
Most great companies are built on solving a big problem with an (after the fact) obvious new viewpoint.
Market is your friend
- When a great team meets a lousy market, market wins.
- When a lousy team meets a great market, market wins.
- When a great team meets a great market, something special happens.
Startups are hard and you have to make difficult decisions with limited data. You have to raise money from investors. You want a CEO who can help VCs see the vision.
All startups die when they run out of customers.
All startups die when they run out of engineers.
Vision & Mission
Almost every analysis of the startup journey shows that risk adjusted, you are better of keeping that BigCo job.
People overestimate what you can do in a year and they underestimate what you can do in a decade, unless you’re (Apple CEO) Steve Jobs.