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One of my dreams is to start my own venture someday. How do I tailor my career accordingly?

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Staff Software Engineer [Lead MTS] at Salesforce9 months ago

Knowing that, how should I tailor my career path - What companies should I work for and what skills should I get to set myself up for success against this goal? Should I continue working at Salesforce or should I go work for a different company?



  • Alex Chiou
    Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero, PayPal
    9 months ago
    • Salesforce is almost certainly not a great company to build the skills necessary for a successful startup. It’s too old and too big.
    • Fundamentals learned from Big Tech help, but you hit diminishing returns quickly.
    • The best way to prepare to found your own startup is to work at startups beforehand (the smaller the better).
    • Startups are almost never an engineering problem. Product manager is the role that’s most important for a startup’s success: You need great product direction to achieve product-market fit (PMF).
    • You can get a watered down version of startup experience while working a big company job by building side projects.
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  • Senior Software Engineer
    4 months ago

    In addition to Alex's response, I think it could be worth learning a specific domain. For example, I have a large number of friends starting climatetech SaaS/fintech companies- there's a fair amount of domain expertise to learn in addition to everything Alex mentioned.