Questions to ask before joining a startup

Voici un POST intéressant de SARTHAK JAIN de questions que vous devriez poser lorsque vous faite votre vérifications diligente avant de vous joindre à une startup. Se joindre à une startup s’avère souvent une expérience difficile. Voici quelques suggestions (en anglais):

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  1. What is the history of your idea, how has it evolved into what it is today:This question helps you understand probably everything about the company. This is the most useful indicator of what the future of the company is going to look like
  2. Who will use the product, What is the problem you are looking to solve:this question gives you the best sense of how the product is going to be used and is that users problem of interest to you
  3. Who are the companies you consider as competition: Are other people in the space getting traction, is a lot of action happening. How fast is the market growing
  4. Who are the investors and why did you pick the investors: Deep insight into what motivates the founders to start the company and how do they feel about it. You only split a pie with people you like. If you are willing to split it with just anybody, you don’t care about the pie.
  5. How long before you run out of cash at the current burn rate:Important to know when you might be out of a job. Prepare for the inevitability
  6. What is the founders salary: Getting the answer to the question is not important. How do they respond to this questions will help you understand what motivates the founders. Also the lower the number the more passionate the entrepreneur
  7. What is the immediate goal for the company: A vague answer to this questions is a huge red flag
  8. What do you consider as core values of the company: Will you fit in to the work culture.
  9. What are you looking for in me: This sets the expectations for what you will be expected to do once you join. Don’t join unless you can meet the expectation. If they expect too much, you will be the first one to be let go off because you can’t do your job well.
  10. If I join what is the first thing I would work on: Don’t join unless you get a very concrete answer to this question. If the answer is vague, there isn’t enough work for you. You shouldn’t join a startup that is nothing for you to do. Joining a startup and not doing anything is counter intuitive
  11. How can I impact the startup: If you cannot find your place under the sun in the startup you will be miserable. If the founders don’t allow you to have your say might as well work at a larger company
  12. Who was the last person you hired and why: Tells you a lot about who are the kind of people you are going to work with. What is the kind of the problems the startup is currently facing.
  13. These are my career goals, do they align with what your vision:Important to know.
  14. What will I gain out of working with you: Self explanatory
  15. The kicker. What would you do if this idea doesn’t work out:Contrary to popular belief, if you get a good answer to this question: don’t join, run like hell! The only acceptable answer is something you know the guy just made up.
  16. Finaly Brian Chesky Founder of Airbnb asked candidates, “would you work at Airbnb if you only had one year left to live?”
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Œuvrant dans les domaines du développement économique et de l’entreprenariat depuis plus de 25 ans, Jean Lepage a contribué à soutenir un bon nombre d’entrepreneurs dans la création et l’expansion de leur entreprise. Il a aussi lancé à son propre compte plusieurs entreprises. Aujourd’hui, il dirige une équipe composée d’une quinzaine de professionnels en développement économique au sein de Développement économique – CLD Gatineau. Il siège aussi sur plusieurs conseils d’administration et tables de concertation de divers organismes. A titre d’auteur et chroniqueur, il s’intéresse à la créativité et à l’innovation. Auteur du livre " Innover pour prospérer ", il a aussi publié une quarantaine d’articles dans le journal Réseaux.
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