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mad matx's picture
mad matx
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Zen quote of the day: "A good experience starts with an ending." At least, true in my case. :)
So...where now?

Jam's picture
Jam
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We'll see!

omniwarrior's picture
omniwarrior
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Funny thing: My wife helped me through college and we both had crappy jobs. I finally got into something decent and when my wife rage-quit her last job, I told her to hold off jumping right into another similar one and look into something career worthy. Things like this build a marriage. Hopefully Trevor is giving you his full support. If not, threaten to become a housewife and fill the house with kids or kitties (his choice!!).

Jam's picture
Jam
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He works at home so he mostly has to get used to me hanging around all the time!

Sidhekin's picture
Sidhekin
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Ah, foo.

I'm wishing you an agreeable transition.

Fuseblower's picture
Fuseblower
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Yeah... although the timing of these things is never good, is it?

In my experience, 'the situation with our investors has changed' = 'we can't make money from your project, however we massage it'. There are implications to this that everybody in these situations needs to take on board, even if you're 'only' an employee. But I suspect that you knew that, and accepted it anyway - always healthy. Does that make you suspicious about working for any more start-ups?

It doesn't with me - but I don't expect to get paid a lot; I just prefer that sort of challenge, and anyway I can just about afford it. I am of the opinion that what doesn't kill you *is* going to make you stronger.

But, it is important that you temper the design experience you got with the outcome, isn't it? That's one of the hardest lessons to learn.

You're young and resilient - you'll be fine. And you have my very best wishes.

Jam's picture
Jam
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Thanks! I knew working for a startup could be volatile and I was prepared for this outcome. I'm suspicious in general but, no, it hasn't dissuaded me from ever working for a startup again.

old_dan
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This might be an opportunity. Go back to them and counter offer - you will work free for a period of time for a minor share of the stock (or junior partnership if it's not an LLC). Get it into a contract... "X months of work without pay in return for Y% of the stock. A salary of $C after that, assuming capitalization of at least $Z, and a sliding scale of other salary depending on other levels of capitalization." If they won't go for that, try a deferred pay option... "you will invest X months of work without immediate recompense, and that will encumber a debt upon the company of 2.0x your normal salary, to be paid at such-and-so rate over a period of Y years if capitalization is over $C, etc..."

If the company has potential and you ride out the hard times you will end up with a job and OWNERSHIP. If the company doesn't have potential then you should bail out anyway.

greg's picture
greg
1

Aw, I've been laid off before, and it sounds like you're handling it better than I did. Especially since you have professional experience in a specific field, which I didn't and still don't. Good luck, Angela!

Andrew's picture
Andrew
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Liked the other one. "I want to hug a Llama" will be my excuse when I go through customs.

GKnight's picture
GKnight
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Ms Jam,

I am confident that you will get back on your feet and find a new job with the skills and experience that you have accumulated with this last endeavor. Bravo on taking a risk. Many people do not do so and are the lesser for it. That this time it didn't pan out for the long term should not be a major deterrent, I would hope. My thoughts are with you and I hope (and believe) things will improve again.

Also; If things do not improve fast enough for the emergency funds, please drop some hints. I will gladly shift some resources to purchase items so that you do not have to consume Trevor to survive. I have grown to like him and I would be displeased to find him devoured.

Jam's picture
Jam
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Thanks! I do really enjoy the smaller company/startup environment so I think I will be pursuing something along those lines. Also, I think Trevor is safe for now -- because I'm allergic to meat ;)!

triforcel's picture
triforcel
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Sorry to hear your company is going under so suddenly. I wish you the best in finding new, gainful employment!

AckAckAck's picture
AckAckAck
1

Ouch sorry to hear that. It's always suck to hear someone lost their job especially in this kind of economic situation. I wish you luck for the job hunt. Also maybe opening commission? you can get extra income from that.

On the brighter side I saw your comic about the custom. I never know that Canadian custom is that strict. Better safe than sorry eh.

briarroot's picture
briarroot
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Y'know, I hear Labrador is doing great with oil. I bet they could use an engineer ...

Pierre Lebeaupin's picture
Pierre Lebeaupin
1

Oh Shi—

scienceguy8's picture
scienceguy8
1

Could be worse. Got my BSEE almost 2 years ago now and I still haven't had full-time employment.

KaPaJuCá's picture
KaPaJuCá
1

Don't worry you'll do it right! Cheer up!!! :D! And by the way about your other comic, was really cute and tell Trevor that i llike to colect rocks jijiji, my country is beautiful right??

BearPerson's picture
BearPerson
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Whew. Heavy comic. That said, visually I like how the last speech bubble is partly hidden by baffled Jam - you don't really need all the words to understand what's going on, and it neatly reflects how in this situation, you don't really hear them all, either.
Also, digging the marker "pinstripes" on your suit!
You'll get something again, you're Capable. Capable people are always needed to do what they can do, just the bosses telling them what to do change from time to time.

Fuseblower's picture
Fuseblower
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I must admit that I've always been slightly suspicious about the phrase 'We need to let you go' - it almost sounds as though you *want* to go, and they've been preventing you! Trouble is, none of the other phrases are much better. I think my favourite truly naff phrase is 'We're giving you the opportunity to develop your career elsewhere...'

Now of course we don't know what the precise words were, or how the whole situation went - but I do feel a bit for the guys, because this wouldn't be an easy situation for them either, as this was essentially an amicable parting, I guess. If you're actually firing somebody for being useless, then in some ways it's easier. I learned how to do that a long time ago, and it's pretty easy. It goes like this; they come into the office, and you say 'Right, you're fired. Now, we're going to talk about it.' IOW, you get the hard part over first, and then everybody knows where they stand. Definitely works better like this.

Matt R's picture
Matt R
1

Read every comic (possibly twice... no comment). First one I've commented on.

Have nothing to say except for good luck. We're all pulling for you.

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