Startup Culture

Startup Culture: Debunking the Top 5 Myths

“Working in a startup is the best decision I took.” “I can’t wait to get out of this startup culture.” These are the two kinds of statements people come around when they are contemplating on the choice between a startup and a regular corporate. Well, while this debate has no end, we thought it might be a good idea to debunk some common myths that people carry out in the name of startup culture. While some common notions like, “startups thrive on passion and innovation” are certainly true, there are others that out rightly have no basis. This is not to say that these notions are not under practice at all. The only idea is to inform the millennials and anyone else out there that not everything you hear about startups may be true. If that’s a good or a bad thing, we’ll leave it for you to decide. 

The Day Starts at 12

The Day Starts at 12

More often than not we associate a startup culture with a relaxed atmosphere. The exhibits most strongly in the way we associate those who work in startups as late risers, who start their work day only after 12 PM. While there is little truth to this common notion, but it comes with strings attached. Undoubtedly, startups offer team members the flexibility to work according to their schedule, because let’s face it, all of us are productive at different times of the day. However, starting the day at 12 PM as a norm is just stretching the idea too much. 

Take our case for instance. Recently, we changed our office timings from 7AM- 4PM to help our team beat the scary Bangalore traffic and have a great work- life balance in the evenings. Therefore, before considering that late starts to the day is the practice, you may want to check with the startup you’ve eyeing to interview at.

Millennials Only Baby Boomers Forbidden

“Startups thrive on innovation” is something that we all hear and is true to its last letter. However, as soon as we hear this phrase, a picture of millennials as drivers of innovation comes to our minds. And. that’s where we go wrong. More often than not, we believe that startups are just for millennials and the Gen Y and even more, the baby boomers are forbidden. Look again. Who says that baby boomers cannot come up with innovative ideas? This is the second myth we carry about the startup culture, that it is only meant for millennials. 

Millennials Only Baby Boomers Forbidden

Invariably, studies show that millennials are and will continue to be the major stakeholders in startups. However, it’s not because baby boomers are any less. It’s only because in a couple of years, the youth will constitute 50% of the working population. Therefore, millennials will be around everywhere, why just associate them with startups! Startups are as much for the older generations as for the younger ones, and who says you cannot have a 70 year old intern? Or have we forgotten Robert De Niro from ‘The Intern’?

No Structure | No Order

No Structure No Order

Another myth that comes along with startup culture is that there is no structure or order to work by. Again we cannot completely negate this point. However, the truth to it comes with conditions apply. Startups, by the nature of their work, operation, etc need to adopt a dynamic approach. Invariably, they cannot have a structured plan for the next year that one should follow step by step. That being said, it is unfair to accuse startups of having no structure altogether. Based on its maturity and goals, each startup does come with some structure. It might be in terms of the team it hires, or partnerships and alliances they build. While it is true that in a startup a little chaos is the norm, however, everybody has some specific roles to perform, and an order does exist.

Life’s a Breeze

Life's a Breeze

“You work in a startup, your life’s a breeze. Come out of your rabbit hole to the real corporate world and you’ll know what work it”. Sounds familiar? Most of those who have been in startups have heard this time and again. But, today, let’s debunk this myth about the startup culture. Life’s not a breeze. People in startups work just as hard as others. In fact, there is no difference at all. Of course, the conditions of work are different and many startups do offer some flexibility and new age benefits. However, all that comes at the cost of hard work, dedication and commitment. Ever heard, “There is no free lunch”? Well, that’s the case with the startup culture too. 

No Work- Life Balance

No Work- Life Balance

This myth is the ultimate reversal of the one above. Most people come with the misconception that startups have no boundary of work- life and thus, have no work- life balance, whatsoever. Well, it is true that at some points of time, the workload at startups is high, and individuals do need to pull all nighters. However, this is like a once in a blue moon, and definitely, not the norm. In fact, most startups prioritize employee mental wellbeing above anything else and offer benefits to help them balance their life in office and outside. 

At Recro, for instance, not only do we have a flexible time schedule, our leave policy, remote working and other benefits ensure that all our team members have enough time to have a life too.  

Startup Culture: The Bottom Line

Say what you may, but some myths about the startup culture going around are completely baseless. It is true that working in startups is quite different from a conventional experience. However, accepting these myths as true may be going one step too far. On a serious note, working in startups is something one must experience in a lifetime. If you wish to get that experience and work towards disrupting the future of technology, get in touch with us today!


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