“Start-up? Are you serious?”
“You will spoil your future. Join an MNC. You will get good experience.”
“You will not make a lot of money. Look for a job with good future prospects”
These one-liners are part of the barrage of questions and unsolicited advice that people hear when they announce their decision to join or create a Start-Up. These are the doubts and difficulties that every person who creates a start-up will have to face.
However, we the Pixr8 team believe in creating and living our own dream. So we’d like to offer our own perspective on why starting your professional career with a Start-Up is the best:
1) Learning New Technologies/ Skills: If you join an MNC, they’ll train you to do what they want. In a start-up you have the freedom to pursue and learn the fields of your interest. You get once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn to run a company.
2) Compensations and Benefits: While the initial pay might be less, you make a pile of money if the company takes off. The best example of this is WhatsApp. When Facebook bought out WhatsApp, which began as a start-up, every WhatsApp employee became an instant millionaire.
3) Job Satisfaction: In a start-up, you’re working to create something you believe in. In an MNC, you’ll just be meeting revenue targets set by your Manager. Job Satisfaction for start-up guys is defined by the phrase “If you love what you do, you won’t have to work a single day in your life”
4) Being part of a Team: In an MNC, you’re just another resource. In a start-up you’re part of a team, working shoulder to shoulder with the founders to accomplish a mutual dream. The bonds you build are lifelong.
5) Creating a Legacy: The world is filled with CEOs. However the people who are remembered are ones who created the company: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos. A start-up is a chance to change the world on your terms. Remember… Google, Facebook and Whatsapp were all start-ups in the beginning.
So.. Yahoo India giving severance package of 10-12 months. Best time for folks at Y! to startup. You just got seed funded with 0% dilution.
— PJ (@BeingPractical) October 8, 2014
So there you have it. A Start-up comes with its share of sacrifices and difficulties but it’s a unique opportunity to live your life and create your career on your own terms. As always,
“THE CHOICE IS YOURS”