If you are fortunate enough to have spent a few years at one of those big, safe software companies (and you know who they are), you might have given a thought to whether you could try a startup. I’m here to tell you that you can do it, and it’s not as scary as you might have imagined. A new job in a smaller company, where you can do so much more and learn new technologies can be very exciting. One critical point that many big company folks don’t consider, and the one that pushed me to try a startup: there isn’t really that much risk with a startup, because you can always go back to that large boring company if it doesn’t work out.
In this blog post, I discuss some of the issues related to leaving your job, and what you might want to complete before exiting that cushy but possibly tiresome job (take a deep breath, it will be okay). Remember that the big company was a startup once, and now maybe it’s lost some of its mojo.