4. BE SOMEWHAT OF A JANITOR
You are going to assemble furniture, carry pallets of energy drinks up the stairs and participate in numerous discussions about putting your coffee mug in the dishwasher. But you will not survive the first year if you are too posh to get your hands dirty.
You might join as a specialist, but if you have a mindset of “I am sure another department will take care of that” you will not get far.
But hey, maybe working from home will give you new competencies within facility management, catering, setting up a workstation and only complaining to… yourself (seriously, we are at a point missing the dirty mug discussions more than ever!).
5. BE THE CUSTOMER YOU WANT TO ATTRACT
The attitude of “I am sure it is a great product for people who like that sort of thing” is totally off. Feel the pain your company tries to ease. Understand the problem you want to solve. Be a super-user of the product and never distance yourself from it - whether are in the direct target group or not.
So in between hangout meetings and zoom calls, dig into the product and get to know every corner of it.
6. CHAOS IS YOUR BUDDY
Are you working from home AND taking care of your kids at the same time? We salute you!
But actually having kids can be an advantage when joining a startup: Your life is already pretty chaotic, you are used to navigating in one big mess, daily tantrums, absurd expectations and sleepless nights.
People in startups have kids - they also spend time with them, pick them up and take parental leave. Startup companies often have a 2021 mentality that entails a focus on a balanced lifestyle and a positive attitude towards remote work and flexible working hours. As long as you have WIFI you are good to go!
7. LEARN SOME STARTUP LINGO
A little bluffer's guide to fit in right away (at least in Lunar).
In a startup people can easily end up in different directions or products and ideas can spin off its course. So there is a lot of lingo to make sure that does not happen (too much…)
- Let’s align with X. Meaning: We are actually aware that we forgot to give important information to other people in the org. Let’s fix it!
- Touch base. The most hated office jargon also contaminated startups. It is basically just following up on something.
- We should calibrate with the new data. Meaning: Ok, something is happening that we did not expect. Fix it!
Speaking of data (notice. Never BIG data. Just data). ALWAYS what data says, because someone will ask you (earn points every time you suggest a new dashboard for something).
VC’s. The venture capitalists you try to impress. If your company is not profitable yet you rely on OPM (Other People's Money. Extra credit for casually throwing a “which VC’s are we speaking to at the moment” into the conversation.
Hockey stick. All you really need is a growth curve shaped like that.
Scale-up. Technically Lunar is a scale-up including both a product on the market, toilet paper and lunch. So everyone is super ready for hyper growth (and this is where you go nuts with the rocket and unicorn emojis. If you worked at a startup for more than a year, you most likely suffer from “rocket-and-unicorn-emoji” fatigue).
Scalable. If you are looking to impress your new coworkers ask if the idea you are discussing is scalable. Everyone will give you a nod of recognition.
You are welcome!
SOFU! Meaning: Speed up! Don’t put it in your annual plan - do it now! Sense of f..... urgency.