This week, I am visiting my family in Texas. I decided to take break from the insanity of buzzwords and ideas with no gravity that is prolific in the Valley.
I discussed my life in the Valley with my family and what it is like to work in a startup. My parents, as most Americans, worked their way up the corporate latter to a title that starts with a “C”. I described the “startup mentality” and they replied:
"The point of working a lot in a startup is there is not enough people to go around. There is too much work to do. You don’t just work hard for no reason."
When I hear a friend who joined a large
startup company and is working crazy hours for below market pay because of a “startup mentality” or “startup culture”, I scratch my head. The phrase “we are a startup" seems to be used as an excuse for underpaying and over-working employees, so does it make sense to be an employee at a startup? According to most prominent investors in tech, the answer is no.