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094 Gus Bessalel Should you work for a startup?
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094 Gus Bessalel Should you work for a startup?

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Gus Bessalel The Startup Lottery on Rebel Intrapreneur Bill Cushard

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People join startups thinking they will strike it rich, but successful startup opportunities like this are the exception, not the rule. As Gus Bessalel, author of “The Startup Lottery: Your Guide to Navigating Risk and Reward,” tells me on Rebel Intrapreneur, “Don’t go into a startup, thinking you’re going to become an instant millionaire. You go into startups because of all of the experiences that you gain from being in that environment.” 

Startups are intense. And it takes a certain personality type and risk profile to make the experience of working at a startup worthwhile. 

Bessalel wrote The Startup Lottery to help Rebel Intrapreneurs like us evaluate start up opportunities. The evaluation has essentially three parts: 

A self evaluation: Should I work for a startup? 

A financial evaluation: What will it take for my equity to pay off? 

A progress evaluation: Should I stay or have this startup? 

A Rebel Intrapreneur should put all of these parts together before deciding on joining any startup. Bessalel’s book will help us do that. 

I learned a lot from reading The Startup Lottery and my conversation with Gus. I hope you find it useful. 

More about Gus Bessalel: 

Gus Bessalel’s book, The Startup Lottery: Your Guide to Navigating Risk and Reward

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Rebel Intrapreneur
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Rebel Intrapreneur is a podcast about a new category of high performing employee. Rebel intrapreneurs further the mission of an organization while simultaneous challenging the system from within. Founders and entrepreneurs are thirsty to find people who believe in their mission as much as they do, and pursue that mission relentlessly. Rebel Intrapreneur is hosted by Bill Cushard, who has reported directly to founder/CEOs four times in his career, which makes him an ideal guide on your intrapreneurial journey.