Critical Items to Consider Before Going to a Startup


Over the years I have placed thousands of people at all sizes of Med Device companies; from five-person early stage companies, to organizations with 50,000 or more employees. The thing that I love most is placing people at companies with less than fifty people. While an early stage company may not be right for everyone, it’s important to determine if it’s right for you. In this article, the first of a multi-part series, I will provide an overview of some fan your thinking about going to work at a startup. In each of the next installments of this series, we will dive deeper into each of these aspects.

Is a Startup Right for You?

The first question to consider is if a startup is even right for you. For some folk’s, bigger companies might be a better fit, and for others they might flourish in the small company environment. In this article, we will dive deep and I will share the secrets that I have learned in my twenty years in the Med Device industry to help you determine where you fit best.

How Startups Can Impact Your Career:

Assuming a startup is right for you, it’s important to understand what to expect when it comes to your career. For some people, early stage companies become a lifelong career, and for others it’s a stop along a road with a mix of small, medium, and large companies. Whatever your ultimate goal is, understanding the differences between company size and your career is a critical component to achieving what you want.

How to Evaluate a Startup Company:

Now that we have explored if a startup is right for you and how it could impact your career, it’s time to understand if the startup you’re looking at is the right one. In this article, we will explore a time-tested framework to evaluate early stage companies and determine if that hot new company your interviewing with is a good opportunity or a bag full of empty promises.

Startup Compensation:

Everyone wants to know, “is that startup going to make you rich?” The answer is that it depends. In this article we will explore what to expect when it comes to cash and equity compensation. This understanding can give you an edge when it comes to negotiation and a perspective that can help set realistic expectations so you can land that job with a sweet startup and meet all of your career goals.

I hope you will continue to tune in and read each of these articles as they come out over the upcoming weeks.