“Go work for a startup,” they say. “You’ll get to work on every level of the product, from designing it to building it through to selling the thing,” they say. “It’s really rewarding when everything you do has a big impact,” they say.
“You don’t want to work for a startup,” they warn. “You’ll work silly hours, and most startups fail,” they warn. “If anything breaks, there won’t be anyone else to fix it,” they warn.
The mini-group I’m working in at the moment is practically a startup, and they‘re pretty clued-up it would seem. Except on the failure side of things of course, this one’s gonna do well. And, on the plus side, if it does all go tits-up, it’s a startup backed by a nice big corporation – so I’ll be relatively safe (other than having just wasted 6 months of my life.) But it’s gonna do well. It is.
It’s 2:30am and I’m trying to design the business cases, whilst writing the data-mining algorithms and optimising the code, and frantically trying to ensure everything’s ready on the UI side of things for the demos to our funders that are coming up far too soon.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the work. But I’d also love to sleep sometimes. Just one night. That’d be nice.
Back to work.