12 years ago I had the good fortune of joining a (then) ~300 person software startup.
5 years later the acquirer spun them out in a $19 billion IPO.
I’d love to be able to say that I knew that VMware would be a huge success.
The truth? I had no clue what I was getting into.
Witness the not-so-scientific criteria I used to figure out if I should work for them:
Also … what didn’t I do:
Don’t rely on dumb luck (like I did)
So, do your homework before you dive into the startup game.
It’s better than just crossing your fingers that you’ll end up working at a Unicorn.