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Is it okay for a junior engineer to go to a seed stage startup?

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Software Engineering Intern at Taro Community9 months ago

Hey Taro community. So I saw on the zoom meeting earlier today and Alex touched on seed startups being not really good for early careers. I wanted to ask: So I met this person at a tech meet up and we exchanged twitter names over the summer. She’s currently building in health tech now. She made a tweet asking if any engineers wanted to work at a seed stage AI devtools startup (round led by top tier technical firm) and to DM her if you were interesting.

Should I do it or just leave it? Knowing how the climate is now just thought about beggars can’t be choosers.

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    9 months ago

    At the end of the day, a job's a job. Unless you're currently swimming in job opportunities, I would follow up on it. It's a warm lead, and based on what you said about their funding situation, they can probably pay you a solid salary (equity's not a big deal anyways as you're earlier-in-career).

    Seed stage startups are the most risky and have the least developmental infrastructure for a junior engineer like yourself, but they are still places where you can build lots of cool stuff and learn a ton. Sometimes a trial by fire is the best way to grow, and in this economy, it might be your only way to grow.

    When it comes to growing in a startup, I recommend these as well:

    Best of luck!

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    9 months ago

    It feels premature to disqualify yourself from the opportunity -- you haven't even talked to her!

    You should absolutely DM her and learn more about the role. Whether a junior engineer is a good fit at a seed-stage startup depends a lot on the engineer and the startup. Even if you don't get the interview, you'll likely expand your network in a positive way.

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