Even though the prospect of joining a startup feels exciting, the decision to leave feels like a war between emotion and logic. You want to go for it, but are uncertain. If you feel this way, you are not alone. While recruiting for Vareto, Kate spoke to dozens of people in this exact situation. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got two years of experience or twenty. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting your career or leading an org. People have similar questions and concerns.

This post is a summary of those concerns. Only you can decide, but hopefully this helps you frame that decision more clearly.

Should you leave a big company for a startup?

Bangaly Kaba served as Instagram's Head of Growth and helped the social network surpass one billion monthly active users, making it the world's fastest-growing app. During my time at Facebook, he managed a lot of Rotational Product Managers (RPMs). RPMs would do multiple 6-month stints in different parts of the org, then at the end of the rotation, they would choose a full-time placement.

At the end of their rotation, he would always initiate the same conversation:

After a number of these conversations, he realized that many struggled with the decision. But it is a key one to understand how to make. We all face this type of decision multiple times throughout our careers.

The article talks about a comprehensive framework on making critical career moves 😇

Impact = Environment x Skills: How to make career decisions - Reforge

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