In the middle, we have hypergrowth
or, as some call them, breakout companies
. Those are the ones that already found the product-market fit and are rapidly scaling. Those are the companies that have the highest chance to become the next tech unicorns
Joining a company at a hypergrowth stage is beneficial from career and compensation perspectives. Here are a few reasons from Marc Andreessen (co-founder of Netscape, a co-founding partner of Andreessen Horowitz):
- You'll get to do lots of stuff, which means you'll gain skills and experience very quickly.
- You'll probably get promoted quickly. Fast-growing companies are characterized by a chronic lack of people who can step up to all the important new leadership jobs that are being created all the time.
- You'll get used to being in a high-energy, rapidly-changing environment with sharp people and high expectations. It's like training for a marathon while wearing ankle weights – if you ever end up going to a big company, you'll blow everyone away.