Originally Posted by globetrotter
the CEOs are usually idiots, or at least know nothing of management. if the CEO is a doctor, I wouldn't join, doctors think that they know how to do everything, and I can fucking guarantee you he doesn't know how to run a business
This. Just because someone is educated and professional in one area doesn't necessarily make them adept at running the business.
I think professors are even worse in this respect.
Originally Posted by wj4
Thanks, globe. Always appreciate your insight. I'm only 27 with no family so I guess I can be riskier than others. The doctor who interviewed me was nice albeit dry. The ones that failed...did they just tell you they were shutting the door and to look for a new job?
I think 27 is borderline, I know it sounds young but this is a critical age for career development. I received three key promotions in a four year period in that age range. On the other hand you don't have people counting on you. For me, I'd stay away.
Originally Posted by willny
One of the signs you're working for a good start up is one being backed by a venture capital firm
Having worked through the Internet bubble, I can tell you this is patently false.
A start up where the owners money is on the line is the best start up. Thats invested, because everything you have is on the line. When it's someone else's money, hey let's get a bigger table for the conference room.
For me, another key signal is when the environment appears very, very frugal. You walk into a start up that's lavish, run.