Am I making the correct choice?

I recently graduated and have two options on the table.

1) A paid ($15-18 per hour) internship at a C round startup that has raised $120+ million. There is an opportunity for full-time employment at the conclusion of the internship, but I do not know what department it will be in. The internship is between 5-6 months.

2) A job in business operations/strategy at an A round startup that is backed by several first-tier VCs. The starting compensation is $55,000-$60,000 with 25,000 shares.

I'm 95% sure that I should take the risk with the A round startup since it's an actual job with equity.

Comments (5)

Sep 18, 2015

To me, B sounds much better. How can you be interested in A when you don't even know what the role is?

Sep 19, 2015

Id take the full time job, and network withthe VC firm as much as possible. If the startup does go south, they still have other portfolio companies and will always need good people. That may not be true in reality, but that is what I would assume.

Sep 19, 2015

2 makes more sense.

Sep 20, 2015

B is clearly the answer here. In general, having experience at Series A startups is more attractive to VC firms and other startups as well. The strategy / ops role should give you a great learning ground as the business grows (or fails).

Sure there is probably a bigger risk of failure, but not by that much and youre ~22 years old if your company goes under you can always just find another job.

Sep 24, 2015