Start-ups sit somewhere on what I call the startup lifecycle spectrum.
On the far left hand side you have ‘early’ stage (i.e. a founder in a garage), and on the far right hand side you have ‘late’ stage (i.e. a multinational company like Uber that could still be considered a startup).
Where they sit on that spectrum has a number of implications (as described in the graphic). It is important you align what you are looking for with the company stage.
This graphic is just a guide, and each of these line items are like clues. Startups will move at different paces in different areas, so do your own research as much as possible. To get started, you can find headcount on LinkedIn, and funding stage on crunchbase.com.
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