February 27, 2020

Turned down an offer to work for a FAANG company

Devan Sabaratnam @Devan

Not sure if this counts as a milestone, but I guess it does.

I was called by an old work colleague of mine that I hadn't heard from for years. She asked if I was interested in walking away from my startup and to leave Australia and move to another big international city to work alongside her in a senior role. (She works at one of the FAANG companies).

I politely said "Thanks, but No".

If that call had come in a couple of years ago, when I was still grinding and building my SaaS startup, I would have jumped at the chance with bells on.

But today, while chatting to her, I realised how much I love my startup, and how well growth (and financial returns) have been lately, and how it would be really hard from me to walk away from it all.

Call me crazy, but I would still rather be master of my own destiny, especially at this stage of my company's growth. I am too excited to see where I can take HR Partner. The senior exec role and share bonuses will just have to wait a while.

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