Notes from today's twitter space by @tanaypratap and @SwapAgarwal on the topic - How to evaluate startups as dev?

⚡️Startup's presence
Google the startup's presence. Look out for what their community presence is like.
Public presence is a very good indicator as they're held accountable for the things they do.
Also read their Glassdoor reviews.
⚡️Background of founders
Look at the founders linkedIn profile. See where is the person coming from - their educational background and previous experience. It is a safe bet if they have a solid understanding of the industry.
⚡️Background of employees
Look at the employees background as well. See where are they coming from and where they're going after from there.
This lets you set your path and will be an added advantage if your aim is also to reach there in your career.
How to evaluate the startup's culture?
⚡️ Asking their employees specific questions.
For example, Do not just ask what is your work culture, but instead ask questions like -
(Disclaimer: Do not take the points below in isolation, use your judgement and evaluate)
When was the last time you had to work on the weekends?
(Once or twice is fine but look out for flags wherein it requires you to work on almost all your weekends)

Q 1/n
For how many hours did you work in the last week?
(Ask this instead of asking how many hours they work in a day, since in most cases they might tend to answer 8hrs per day)

Q 2/n
What can you do now that you couldn't do 6 months back?
(This question gives you insight on if the person is learning and growing in their career)

Q 3/n
⚡️Always utilize the time you get to talk with the Hiring manager.
Another disclaimer: Do not just talk to a single person to understand their culture, always talk to a spectrum of people
⚡️What to do when you have to choose between the domain and the kind of work you will be doing?
Pick domain, since work is transitory in nature it will change somewhere down the line. If you pick the domain you enjoy, you're always motivated to do your work.
⚡️Closing notes
Its always a two way decision, so think if you want to join the place or not? Always have your reasoning clear and know your why before joining.
Missed this point -
Notice period of 90 days or a bond is a red flag.

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