This past Tuesday, I attended Montreal Startup Talent along with Wajam co-founder Olivier Cabanes and our resident big data expert Andre-Philippe Paquet. We had a chance to meet professionals and students alike interested in startup culture, and many asked us what it’s like working at a startup.
Five Reasons Why You Should Work At A Startup
You have real influence. Startup teams are small (Wajam has 10 people, and my previous startups had 10 and 7 respectively when I worked there) so what you do makes a huge difference in the company. Yes, that means a lot of responsibilities lie on your shoulders, but it also brings the greatest reward. Wajam CEO Martin-Luc said it best, “Each of you has your destiny in your own hands, so take this opportunity and run with it.”
You get to build something new and exciting with a passionate team. The process of building something new and disruptive in the market is a catalyst for great teamwork and camaraderie. Your startup colleagues are most likely as passionate as you are about the vision, and this passion will help you build long lasting friendships.
Your job is diverse and dynamic. In a startup, you’re forging new ground, so you’ll likely be asked to touch things that are outside of your specialty. Ben Yoskovitz described it the best, “You’ll be thrown out of your comfort zone. You’ll get a chance to expand your horizons.”
You get to learn LOTS along the way. Since startups sprint in order to execute an idea as quickly as possible, you’ll have ample opportunity to learn on the go. There’s an abundance of hypotheses to test, lessons to be learned and battles to be won. You’ll grow fast both on a professional and on a personal level.
Finally, most importantly, you get to have tons of fun. When I worked at Standout Jobs, we had cardboard showdowns. At Akoha, we had David Usher. At Wajam, we have serious nerf gun battles. Canadian startups have great startup cultures and know how to have fun, and it shows.
Here’s a list of great reads from graduates and entrepreneurs who chose the startup life:
- Recent graduate Annie Favreau’s post for the Guardian
- GoInstant‘s Ben Yoskovitz with top ten reasons to join a startup
- Rapleaf‘s Travis May on why he chose a startup for his first job after Harvard
- Here’s an excellent post by Eric Stromberg at Hunch on choosing a startup over Morgan Stanley after graduating from Duke
Wajam is hiring so give us a shout if you’d like to work with us. Not only will you get to work with a great team but our fair city offers a great quality of life, low cost of living and best yet, awesome food. Check out our job postings, or watch the Wajam Halloween video.