With the major tech companies throwing big money around, those jobs seem really lucrative. But money isn't everything. For some, startups and small companies offer a better fit.
As much as you can do, you can do it in a small company.
In a piece at VentureBeat, Travis May, head of strategy and operations at Rapleaf, offers three good reasons for going with a startup. (Rapleaf is among the companies at the center of the whole do-not-track debate, but that's for another post.)
In a post at Harvard Business Review, entrepreneur Michael Fertik writes how behaviors from big companies can be damaging at small ones. Here's one echoed in my 2009 article: That you spend more time trying to build influence and direct resources your way than on building your ideas. Fertik writes about your impact:
Larger companies rarely face life-or-death opportunities or threats. Small companies can face them daily. Discovering that your impact at the small company is massive compounds both the excitement and sense of responsibility for people newer to small companies. The most practical way to adapt is to focus on learning to evaluate and trust your judgment as quickly as possible, so that you can both plan and execute along the right path for the company as a whole.