Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on working for startups

Founder Gumroad, funder @ shl.vc

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1

People who work 60 hours a week for themselves should not tell other people to work 60 hours a week for someone else.

2

Being an early employee at a startup is almost always a terrible decision financially. Great if you: - Want to start your own company - Want to learn a lot and grow ...That’s about it.

3

Increasingly convinced that the primary use of a lot of startup culture is to squeeze more hours out of each employee. Free catered meals, OKRs, and unlimited vacation days maximize hours per salaried employee – instead of, for example, paying overtime.

4

I wonder if early employees know how grateful their newfound company is to them for joining. Every single hire was an incredible victory for us. But we were almost scared to tell them that because we thought maybe if they knew, they'd leave.

5

It's common to spend 5-10 unpaid hours interviewing with a startup and then being told they expect to pay you much less than you're worth. Kind of crazy!

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