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I am curious what you find to be your most important reason to partner with early startup business building:

- Money (either immediate compensation or a future return) - Opportunities to discover potential big business

- Pride of building something

- Remain in touch with industry about latest developments

- Giving back (law of karma) -

- Any other?

I would love to hear your stories on how did it go eventually when you started on a specific motivation factor?

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    Pradyut Hande

    almost 3 years ago #

    Just for the sake of clarity - when you say "partnering with early stage startups...", do you mean adopting their product/services or utilizing them as a partner to benefit your own business? Would be more than happy to answer this once I have greater clarity!

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    Martijn Scheijbeler

    almost 3 years ago #

    I've joined early stage companies a few times now and I'd say in most cases you definitely don't do it for the immediate compensation and even for a long time future return it's a moonshot as most of the companies that you'll work for fail. Although my record so far is pretty OK I'm aware that at some point I'll run into a company that just won't make the cut. For me it was always about the opportunity to potentially discover a big business in an industry that still needs to make a major leap in digital/online. The first startup I joined about a decade ago was trying to 'disrupt' (I hate that word) education by creating a market place which brought educators and people wanting to do an education back together. If you're able to help a lot of people with that, that's a great bonus and for sure something that you can be proud of. These kinds of things were most important to me, also early on in your career (which I was back then, still pretty much these days as well I'd say) it's great to work for a startup as it will really help you explore what you want to do as you're also meant to do a lot of things. There aren't any processes, nobody really knows what they're doing and you're working extremely hard to find inflection points that will help the business take off. On top of that, if you're one the lucky ones and your startup/early stage company takes off you'll most likely be able to kickstart your career with that and get ahead of the curve compared to the more traditional career trajectories I'd say.