It’s a f-ing startup. Why are you here?

By Jason Goldbert via betashop.com   Article

“It has now been 150 days since Fab completed its 2013 restructuring which saw us cut our operating expenses by two-thirds and go from more than 750 employees to around 300 today. …

Have you ever been clinging onto a rocket ship, then cut the engines at full speed, and then tried to fly again? That’s what we’ve been going through at Fab the past months.

In the history of startups I bet you can count on one hand the number of companies that went from $0 to $1B in valuation in just 2 years and then voluntarily cut their operating expenses by 2/3 and then rose to greatness again. Will Fab be able to do it? We’ll see. …

But if there’s one thing we are not going to do, it’s quit. …

It’s really hard. It’s intense. It’s a struggle. It’s ambiguous. It changes a lot. It’s all consuming. It’s a lot of sausage making. It’s working weekends to hit numbers and dates. It’s stretching people beyond their comfort zone. It’s insisting on doing it better even when it’s already pretty good. It’s being brutally honest about gaps and weaknesses. It’s one day you’re headed in one direction and the next day another, because the first move wasn’t the best move. It’s being ok with things not working because that creates opportunities to learn how to fix it.

It’s a fucking startup.

Since day 1 we have asked every potential Fab employee a simple question during the interview process: Why do you want to work at Fab? It used to be that people joined Fab because they wanted to hop on the rocket ship. We were the hot company that everyone wanted to climb onboard for the ride. Now, it’s a fucking startup.”

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