I was going to answer neither because I had bad experiences in both environments but this morning I read this tweet:
Read about Wistia, Buffer and some other companies questioning the normal path: "Here's How (and Why) Entrepreneurs Are Getting Venture Investors Out of Their Companies" by @weisul buff.ly/2zZGe0V
22:14 PM - 08 Oct 2018
and read the linked article: Here's How (and Why) Entrepreneurs Are Getting Venture Investors Out of Their Companies
Basically some VC funded companies that were focusing only on growth (what VCs want, especially with the insane amount of money going around now) understood how that could kill them in the process.
This obviously reminds me of Basecamp and other similar companies that decided to aim for profitability from day one and sell a product to their customers.
I think it's important to ask ourselves from time to time, whom are skills are truly benefitting. It's not about "sticking it to the system" but to understand if we're truly creating software for a purpose or just to help someone aimlessly accrue capital.
The middle ground between "ACME corp" and "company whose purpose is to survive until sold to ACME corp" it's a good place to work :D
Mailchimp's cofounders have helped mom and pop shops email their customers for the last 17 years --all without raising a dollar of funding. 20 million users and $600 million in revenue later, they're billionaires. I visited them in Atlanta to find out how. forbes.com/sites/alexkonr…
14:10 PM - 08 Oct 2018
A billion dollar company with no outside funding 100% owned by the cofounders. That's something!
Mailchimp's a really respectable company. As a user, it sometimes seems like they charge too much or could simplify things, but if it was so easy they wouldn't be so successful.
Also not afraid to be bold with their branding. The new design is a pretty radical departure, but really coool.
We're a place where coders share, stay up-to-date and grow their careers.
We strive for transparency and don't collect excess data.