Robert M. Pirsig
Back in 1999, I had a cushy software engineer, job at Digital Equipment Corporation
(DEC), Bangalore (a MNC) but I was getting super bored. I was looking after few components of an old product, no new development was in pipeline, purely maintenance work.
On a working day, I spent 7-8 hrs in office & out of that nearly 5-6 hrs were spent talking to friends / drinking coffee/ checking mails / downloading songs & repeating some of these things, work only took 1-1.5 hrs of time every day. For a while it seemed like fun but then it hit me hard, “What the heck am I doing with my career? I am wasting day after day & not learning anything.” I was young (22 yrs) & I realy wanted to face some challenges & to learn from them. During those days someone said to me “If you want to learn you should work for a startup. A startup is a new company with small number of people who are creating something for the future “.
Honestly, I didn’t fully understand what a startup is, but it resonated with me & I decided to give it a shot. I started looking for openings & fairly quickly landed an offer from a startup (Sonim
) but in parallel I also got an offer from an established company (Celstream
). Now I had to decide. Like regular people I had my fears about working for a startup – will they pay me regularly, what if they shutdown in few months, there is no brand value etc. But there was something about the startup that was attracting me. In particular it was what one of the founders (Jai
) said to me in the final interview.