After graduating last year in August, I landed my first, real full time job at TalkBox, the small tech startup in Hong Kong. When I say “small tech startup in Hong Kong”, people commonly will criticize/wonder right away and ask:
1) Is there tech startup in town?
2) Why don’t you work for HSBC or Morgan Stanley?
3) OK. If you like tech, why not Microsoft or Google?
Before you want to punch me in the face, let me share how insanely lucky I am. I got the job the old-fashioned way by sending in my résumé via email, and I made one good decision: I chose to apply to a small, startup.
1) More influence
With a smaller team, each person at a startup has more say. You should have more opportunity to voice your opinion and influence key decisions. And you want that, right?
2) More ownership
You might not be the founder, but you’re darn close. A sense of ownership, is a wonderful thing; they’ll give you one more reason to work better and harder.
3) More learning
Startup environments are tough courses in business and life. You may struggle and face a lots of HOWs and WHYs and no one will really tell you what to do, but YOU will be the one to think, evaluate and execute. You’ll learn more in 6 months at a startup than you will in 4 years at university…
4) More connectivity
With less (or zero) levels of bureaucracy, everyone is closer to one another. You should be well connected to your CEO as well as the international end users, vendors, VCs, friends, etc. that surround the startup.
5) More emotion
Working at a startup isn’t a constant high. Far from it. But it is intense, and the emotional charge you’ll get on a regular basis is a worthwhile learning experience.
6) More fun
The working environment, the atmosphere and the people are just way too much fun. Don’t think you can take a funny picture like this during office hour @HSBC HK
Don’t think you can do exercise in the office @Morgan Stanley..um or even have time to exercise if you are in the investment banking industry..booo
Are you working for startup? Are you ready to “start-it-up”? Leave me a comment and share your experience.
[photo credit: mortimer]