Are you ready for a startup?

Cruisin through the first real day at Piston Cloud yesterday, I felt like I’d been dropped in some ethereal twilight zone, starting with my new hire orientation which was awesome! Thanks Ashleigh!  Coming from a tightening the belt to stay competitive, I had forgotten what it was like to work at a place that still has “all the snacks your could ever need”, lunch brought in Mon-Thurs, commuter expense help and my favorite so far, the bean bags that I could literally dive into from my desk.

There’s no offices, I sit in the engineering pit with some really smart folks, which I believe promotes communication and keeps the creative juices flowing.  In one day I away able to meet almost the entire company.  If they arent in the engineering pit, they are in the room on the other side of the wall.  I sit next to the CTO Josh and a Software engineer Gary, who is no longer the FNG, as it’s now yours truly.

When I first started interviewing I kept getting asked the same question “Are you ready for a startup?”.  I thought sure, I already put in 16 hour days, 8 for meetings, 8 for hands on with the products, how bad Can it be?  As it turns out, it’s the same buzz I remember back in the day when I left my first “big company” for a startup.  There is a sense of being part of an a organic technology that has the potential and momentum to change the face of enterprise computing.  Actually, I also had that feeling 8 years ago whe I joined VMware.  Hardly a startup at 800 people, but Diane Greene did a great job of maintaining that startup buzz for far longer than most could.

Oh and when you book a meeting in the conference room, its just labeled, The Conference Room.

I would have to say the highlight was the new hire care package.  It included a DVD of The Princess Bride.  One of my all time favortie movies, and one I quote often to my kids…  “You keep using that word. I do not think it means, what you think it means.”

For atmosphere, it’s awesome.  Now it’s time to get to work.

More on that coming…

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6 thoughts on “Are you ready for a startup?

  1. Good read Randy,

    I guess it is fair to say that working for a startup has advantages but also disadvantages. I guess it depends on what type of person you are as well. I know I definitely enjoyed being part of a small company, but also don’t mind working for a larger company (with the right attitude).

    • I would agree. You gotta have a great attitude no matter where you are. It’s tough when you’re frustrated. And sometimes a little nudge in a different direction could be the perfect opportunity you may have missed otherwise. But every new place adds new things. So be open to it. Some thrive, others like the comfort of the bigger company. Although, that’s not always a guarantee now is it? :)

      • Glad to hear you found a great place to hang your hat! I am one month in at Nutanix and also loving the startup energy and how flat the company is. Can’t wait to experience what’s to come!

        Hope to see you at some shows in the future… this is reminding me that I need to get back to blogging!! ;-)

        Take care Randy.

        • Tim!

          I just saw you were at Nutanix. I’m building a sandbox again. Let me know what you think of the solution. We may need to find a spot for a couple boxes.

          Great to hear from you!

          Yeah… Get to blogging!

  2. Great to hear things are going so well for you Randy. I have my 8 year anniversary at VMware too this month, and it is definitely important to enjoy what you are doing. Hopefully we can hook up on my one my trips to the east coast over the summer.

    • Hey Cormac! Great to hear from you & thanks! We do have to connect soon. I have a lot of questions that I believe you would have the answer to.
      Next time yo plan to be in town let me know.

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