I've been talking to a VC backed startup for about a month or so. Last week the CEO invited me to their corporate headquarters to meet the team. Seems like a good sign that they are flying me out, but not really sure what to expect.
The company is based in Boston has about 30 employees and just received series B funding ($6mm) series A was in Jan of 2009 ($4mm). From what they tell me they are meeting their goals. I was introduced to the company at an industry conference in NY back in March (met the VP of Marketing & she seemed great). This would be the first startup I've worked for if I take the job.
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I'm looking forward to your advice.
A few comments - I think you are LOW on the cost of living difference. 30 people and a year and a half after series A no longer seems like a startup to me.
I'd ask what their burn rate is and their revenue (if any) and what their goals are for the next month, 6 months, year, etc.
Ask what they expect of you and why they are looking for a director of development.
How many customers, what is the growth of the customer base and revenue, what risks they have and how they are meeting those/planning for them.
What other contingencies do they have if things don't go as hoped, etc.