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10 Signs You're Not Cut Out To Work At A Startup

Working at a startup can sound alluring -- building a business from scratch, sharing a passion with a tight team to create the next big thing, and potentially reaping millions of dollars with a successful IPO. But not everyone is cut out for startup culture -- are you?
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Venture capitalists spent $58.8 billion on US startups last year, making it the second highest amount in the last 20 years, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers and National Venture Capital Association report. With that much money being kicked around, it's not surprising that the allure of working at a startup is even stronger for software engineers, developers, and other professionals in technology.

"We're located in the (San Francisco) Bay Area and primarily work with startups. I would say that 90% of the engineers we talk to are interested in working at startups," said Cody Voellinger, founder of tech recruiting firm RockIT Recruiting. "Even people who have cushy jobs and stock options want to talk with us because they want to have a pulse on things. They know where they are now is not where they want to be for the long-term."

[See Top 10 Tech IPOs of 2015.]

But will they be a good fit for startups? Wanting to work at a startup is one thing, but having the right attitude, culture fit, and personality is another.

"Engineers like to solve challenges and that is the environment they will constantly face. But startups have limited time and resources, so it makes it a challenge to do more with less, Voellinger observed.

All in all, he estimates that for every 100 people he interviews for a startup position, 75% have the right attitude to work at a startup. "Occasionally, people don't understand what it means and see stars in their eyes from all the success stories," noted Voellinger.

Do you think you have the right mix of personality, attitude, and perspective to work at a startup? Here are 10 warning signs to assess if you would be a good fit.

Do you have what it takes to survive and thrive at a startup? Did we leave any warnings signs out? Let us know in the comments.

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Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio

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