re: Software Engineering Jobs: Product Teams vs Agencies VIEW POST


Before starting Semaphore, our company was an agency. One of the biggest reasons we were bored with agency work is that, since we worked with startups and 99% of them fail, we'd always build only the v1 of everything. No experience of what's it like when things lift off.

The technical challenges of a growing product far exceed what we could experience as an agency. If something is outsourced it's almost by definition either not very challenging or not very successful yet.

If a product goes the distance the scale and stacks will change significantly.

You've mentioned "Being closer to the product owners" — in practice what makes an even greater impact is being close to product users. That gives a deeper sense of meaning to the work. (If not then you're definitely not for a product company. ;)

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