Best 21 Quotes & Tweets on Working for startups

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1

Forty hour workweeks, regardless of the job. Four year degrees, regardless of the major. Four decades to retirement, regardless of the career. Remnants of the Industrial Age.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

If you can't see yourself working with someone for life, don't work with them for a day.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Everybody wants to hire the best. Very few actually pay them like they’re the best.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

Working with who you want to work with, on what you want to work on, is actually just play.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

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

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

6

If you think it’s expensive to hire a talented employee, wait till you hire an untalented one.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

7

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.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

8

One of the biggest problems in organizations is that people with no relevant knowledge help make the decisions.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

9

One beautiful thing about the Silicon Valley culture is that so many meetings end with "How can I help?"

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

Startup life can be summed up in three steps: 1. Find problem 2. Fix problem 3. Go back to step 1 Works for every thing you need to do in a startup. Growth is determined by a combination of how fast you can go through the steps successfully and how long you can keep at it.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

11

Organizations often signal what they lack. For example ... The more an organization tries to win a top employer award, the worse they actually are to work with. The award only feeds the ego of the people in the building. When you're great, you don't have to tell people.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

12

If you don’t love fires, don’t join a startup

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

13

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.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

14

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.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

15

A lot of people misunderstand value creation in the workplace. The value you create is a function of delivered value minus the costs to get that value (drag).

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

16

It’s a good thing Big Tech salaries are what they are. It’s probably a lot easier to drown the existential dread that is working for these companies with expensive champagne than with cheap beer. BUT I JUST WORK HERE soothes better when drunk in either case.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

17

The economy is much bigger than you think. People want to go to the same colleges, so they can build the same skills, and work at the same companies. But when you copy everyone else, you limit your opportunities. Don’t follow the spotlight. Create your own spotlight instead.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

18

Signs of terrible corporate culture: territorial managers in denial, isolated, or detached. Focus on perks and meetings. Driven by rules.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

19

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!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

20

complexity, compliance, consensus, and committees ... Unless you’re at the top of the pyramid, all of these offer job security. They also lull you into false confidence and conceal, rather than reveal, dangers.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

21

Startup stock is either life changing or worthless. VCs have a portfolio but employees only have one shot. Choose well and make it count.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan