Going from Intel (100,000+ employees) to Facebook (250+) to Mint (6+) I have experienced a lot of different cultures, teams, experiences and more in just under 3 years.
The easiest way to tell if you are working at a start-up is:
Give that line a few seconds…ready? Okay, so let my recap some experiences:
Intel:Had an obituary section on the intranet that highlighted people who died recently.
Facebook:An engineer died in a freak bicycling accident. A few minute talk about it and then back to work.
Mint: If something happened to anyone on the team (knock on wood) the company would be severely crushed.
Yes, I realize this doesn’t hold true if Steve Jobs dies but this is why I like start-ups. I feel like I matter at the company I work at. How do you feel?