@CadenceCombat's last post just gave birth to another post.
There was no gun to my head when I accepted the current role. I'd been out of work for 3 weeks, and didn't have to take a shit job.
But one came up and I jumped all over it.
Pure startup with a solution in the hype zone, enterprise scale AI/ML with the majors a year behind. $100k base, no OTE, 4% equity and straight 15%. Target deal size 2M, They had done 3 at that size, but they were board-connected buddy deals. Either way, entirely possible. So, based on the above, I know this:
- One personality conflict, missed meeting or bad hair day could blow it up.
- If I don't make smaller deals happen faster, I could get ditched by board-itch.
So, I'm peppering the long-cycle likely and I carved off a piece of the tech into a repeatable SaaS model that I'm pitching in MM where I've got people who will take my call.
Most would consider this insanity. I would have 10 years ago, but I'm in a spot where I can tolerate a big-risk/big-reward proposition. I think most of us cold take this kind of short term pain if that's what it turns into. It''ll prove out fast and can be completely deleted from both memory and resume upon explosion. It plays out, I get the finish line gig I didn't know existed.
No real moral to this story. All snark accepted. Void where prohibited. No food stamps, please.