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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

10 signs that you're in a startup

Fred Wilson had a post about money-saving tips for startups. Made me think about the dynamics of startups again. Truth is, I've never been out of one, so money or the lack of has always been a concern.

So here are my 10 things to look for that tell you that you're in a startup.

1) You have to bring your own computer to work.
2) An email goes around asking if anyone has a copy of Microsoft Office.
3) None of the office chairs match.
4) Daylight savings means you get to work one more hour.
5) The CEO also writes code.
6) You trip over the network cables at least once a day.
7) The phone rings but because there is only one line, nobody answers it.
8) You know every customer by their first name.
9) Vacation plan? what vacation plan?
10) You working on Friday night... Saturday night... Sunday night...

2 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

I've never been part of a startup but I guess all this hard work has a handsome reward afterwards and thats the carrot.

8:47 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Amanda, I guess everything from life, school, marriage, moving to a new country is a kind of startup.

And the rewards are not always financial...

I'm still waiting to eat the carrot!

Vern

11:43 AM  

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