There was a time where I wanted to work at a big tech megacorp. 6 digits paychecks, a good employee package, respect, a good line on the resume, and important challenges to solve. A "Dream Job".
Then I read about what's a typical day at Google/Facebook/Apple/[insert relevant company] and I wasn't so excited anymore.
Then I watched Mr. Robot and the question of ethics came out.
I wanted to rebel, I wanted to become a counter-power with a strong moral compass.
Startups appeared as the antithesis of the typical evilcorp. At first.
After co-founding one and going through an incubator, I understood 99% of the 10% surviving startups are fated to become evil: to grow too big for the sake of their users, or to be acquired by a megacorp.
Startup founders are no rebels, they are destined to feed the vicious circle of venture capitalism.
We live in a tightly-coupled system where everything is linked: there is no living independently from big corporations.
I am tempted to say "only the strong survive", from a purely Darwinian perspective, but it's incorrect: only the really big or the really small strive. Humans cohabiting with bacterias.
One might argue indie businesses are different from VC-backed startups in this regard. Not true. Any service you use is somehow linked to a global country-sized company: you depend on Google for SEO, or Amazon for infrastructure, or Apple for the iOS app market, etc.
When you buy from a business you participate in the growth of its partners. It's especially true for B2B and B2B2C businesses.
How to break free from big corporations to become truly independent then? That's a question worth asking. Answer in my next post.