Startups tend to be high energy environments with more young people, less hierarchy, and more flexible offices. If you are looking for a support staff, set job title, career path for promotion, a steady work schedule, a quiet office to work in, etc. then a startup is not for you. In a startup you may be putting labels on boxes for shipment, making a speech at an industry conference or presentation to investors, answering phones and ordering dinner for the group all within the same week.
Everyone has to pitch in when it is busy from the newest intern to the CEO. If that sounds like fun then you will enjoy the ride. The dress code is casual but thework is intense and there is nowhere to hide. High risk and potentially a high return too. Be careful though it can be addictive!
Contributors: Paige Arnof-Fenn from Mavens & Moguls