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For anyone thinking about joining a startup : be very, very careful before you accept a job offer. The main thing to consider is that you'll be working very closely with just a few people (from 2 to a dozen) for the foreseeable future. You'll have to really like these people as you'll be spending an awful lot of time with them.

When I was interviewing last, I was a lot more concerned with what the teams I met were producing than their culture, or how they interacted with each other. Long story short, I ended up working for a company with 10 employees, but I had never felt more alone in my entire life. Small things I took for granted at other jobs like eating lunch with people, sharing jokes, or any type of bonding felt near impossible.

I don't want to discourage anyone from working at a startup, but I feel it is very important that you consider the reality of working in that environment for a considerable amount of time.

I don't think this only applies to Startups, but in most jobs. There will always be niche groups and little clicks and you may not fall into them, or you might. Just with a larger company there is a larger pool of potential work-buddies.

I cannot upvote this enough.

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