Der Berliner Jäger - Part 3
First read: Part 2 - No Bullshit.
Now I had a choice. There were many appealing points about both offers.
- Pro: Early stage startup with exposure to business decisions
- Pro: Small team with people I really liked
- Pro: Freedom to experiment and own technology decisions
- Pro: Proven business with positive momentum
- Pro: Large engineering team with processes at scale
- Pro: Team of iOS developers to learn and share with
Salaries were essentially equal, office locations were both great, and I genuinely liked all the people I met during each of the interviews.
I had a difficult decision to make.
Envision Your Future
I imagined myself working at both companies and took some time to focus on what I was most looking for at this stage in my life. I came up with a list…
- Hone engineering skills
- Work on a product that people love to use
- Do something that makes a positive impact
- Work with talented, friendly people who I would want to socialise with
I stared at the list, and kept finding myself returning to the bank. I felt hesitant about committing to a small startup. My time at Outware Mobile was a wonderful journey from 2 employees to over 50 (there are hundreds of Outwarians now). But I realised that the next time I embark on a startup voyage, I want my title to to contain the words Chief & Officer - more than a crew member.
Rejection & Acceptance
I wrote a very honest email to the health startup, hoping they would understand my decision. It was not easy. I felt guilty saying no after such a positive interview process. It was a lot like the “it’s not you, it’s me” conversation that frequently occurs when dating.
I also wrote to the internal recruiter at N26 and happily accepted their offer. Since accepting I’ve been proud to tell people about my new employer. I can’t wait to start the next chapter in my career!