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Big corp vs Startup if your end goal is to work for yourself?

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Currently pursing a Comp Sci degree. I've heard that the cons for working for a big corp are limited opportunities for growth and slower pace of work. Would it be correct to think that this type of environment would be better if one wishes to use their spare time to run a side business of their own?
 
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My regret (and it was something I needed to learn) was that I should have worked while exploring fastlane ideas on my off-time. I instead opted to quit and try to find those ideas, which I did but also left me unable to support myself since I wasn't working.

This created its own set of problems.

Hope this helps.
 

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Work for big Corp. You will not only get the experience but you can make some savings that will help you to start something before living the Corp.

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Work for a big corp. Domain knowledge and industry-specific insights are needed in order to spot opportunities. Use the time at the big corp to accumulate funds, work on your side projects and train yourself to look for opportunities.
 
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My regret (and it was something I needed to learn) was that I should have worked while exploring fastlane ideas on my off-time. I instead opted to quit and try to find those ideas, which I did but also left me unable to support myself since I wasn't working.

This created its own set of problems.

Hope this helps.

This my exact problem now. I do have savings but they'll only last for so long and I'm still yet to start anything. Job I quit was at a big corp, looks great on the resume and the salary was great but that's about it. Learned very little and was no opportunities for growth. If I was forced to get another job I'd go startup, better environment for learning and team is more likely to be of a similar mindset.
 

maverick

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Working at a startup isn't always what it's meant out to be. Do your due diligence on the team, idea and product before diving in. Otherwise you might end up working crazy hours, for crap pay, without actually learning anything.
 

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