| ||Ask HN: I am at a startup for 7 years. What's next for me?|
33 points by firstemployee 15 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 20 comments |
|I was the first employee hired as developer for my current startup. I have been working with them for 7 years now.|
We have had multiple funding rounds. We grew and downsized multiple times. Had big quarters and some really shitty ones. I have survived all the ups and down. Currently I am leading the engineering team. I do have some shares but there is little chance of a big exit so I am not expecting a huge payout in the end.
Like any first employee I've wore multiple hats. From fixing stupid little bugs at midnight to setting up processes for dev, hiring, code reviews, qa etc.
My biggest concern here is that due to my role I am neither an expert engineer nor a good manager. I am just sitting in between focusing on whatever the company needs at the time. I feel I could be a really good resource for another startup but I don't want to go through this grind again. And for big companies I don't have the expertise to either pursue an engineering role or managerial role.
Did anyone go through a similar experience? What do you suggest my next steps should be?
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