I once shared some office space with a startup that hit a $5.5 billion valuation shortly before it was revealed that they defrauded investors by inflating their sales numbers. The founders were investigated and eventually indicted.
One of my friends worked for a startup that was working on a new round of funding when one of the co-founders died unexpectedly. The other co-founder and employees floundered, and the whole thing eventually fell apart.
One startup I worked for raised a couple million dollars and then hit a wall. With little traction and mounting debts, two of the founders had to push out two of the other founders to cut costs and narrow their focus. That was…awkward…to say the least.
My point is, when you work with startups, you learn to expect anything. This makes for interesting work, but it's not for everyone. In this post, I share some stories to illustrate this issue and help you decide whether you're cut out for the life of a startup employee.