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Riding a Bus vs. Riding a Boat

Recently I was having a conversation with one of my senior team members who has helped build our company for 5 years now, having joined as an intern and moving up the chain over Junior Developer, Senior Developer to today being a Research Associate. In that chat, he drew a parable of wanting to ride a moving bus at speed, when I inquired about how he wants to spend his next 5 years. In other words he expressed wanting to have a comfortable job in a going company where he could jump in and enjoy the ride.

It got me thinking, because that's exactly what we can't offer as a semi-startup that gets torn down every couple of years and rebuilt. Yeah, we are permanently rebuilding at this company.

A couple of days later I went back to my man and told him that working at our company is more like riding a row-boat, where everyone has to row. If anyone isn't rowing, he's riding at the expense of others' energy. Those rowing would probably want him thrown off at the earliest possible.

Startups are boat-rides.