Working for Wonka is about Startups

Startups can be exhilarating, fast paced, career-making adventures. They can also be mind-numbingly stressful, heart attack inducing, pressure cookers.

If you work in a startup, you know what I’m talking about.

And if you work in a startup, or you want to work in a startup, this blog is for you.

Working for Wonka will help you get a job in a startup, help you succeed in a job in a startup, and show you the signs you should run screaming from a job in a startup.


Kathy Vereecke

That's me. See! I still look sane.

Who Am I To Talk?

Glad you asked. I’m Kathy Ver Eecke, and I’ve worked for more entrepreneurs, launching more businesses and more brands than I can remember. I have the therapy bills to prove it.

Over the years I’ve worked for four entrepreneur bosses from the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list, and one Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner.

I’ve worked for startups that went bankrupt, startups that went public and more than one entrepreneur that went postal.

I’ve worked for an entrepreneur who threw office furniture, and in an office where the furniture was repossessed. And that was just a typical Tuesday.

Then it hit me; it was Groundhogs Day. The names had changed, but the bizarre (and supremely uncorporate-like) behavior, temperaments and challenges of each entrepreneur boss, and each startup environment, was eerily familiar. There were patterns. Methods to the madness. Predictability hidden in the seemingly unique behavior.

Working for Wonka exposes those patterns.

Because the more you know, the better informed you are, the easier it will be for you to get that job, keep that job and know if it’s time for you to run screaming from that job in a startup.

Look Who Else is Talking

If you just can’t get enough of that, or Working for Wonka, or me (?), here’s a complete list of every interview I’ve ever done.

If You’re New Here

First time? Here are some of my favorite posts to get you started. Drop a note in the comment section of those posts and let me know if you agree with me, disagree with me, or just wanna say hi-ya. (People say that, right?)

For startup job seekers:
Why You Must Quit Now to Get a Job Later
What You Must Do to Get a Startup Job
Interviewing with a Startup? Most Important Thing to Know
Three to Get Ready – entrepreneurs give their top tips for getting the job

For startup employees:
5 Benefits to a Boss with No Experience
Inc. Magazine Says Your Boss Wants to Get High – 6 surprising facts about entrepreneurs
Startup Stockholm Syndrome – are you in over your head?
Entrepreneur Time – like the Matrix without the cool coats

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1 Comment

  • Voodoo

    Reply Reply August 6, 2010

    So, “admin”… who are you? This all seems to be a bit of a tease. You need to give a little more…

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