In 2002, at the age of 22, I was the Founder and CEO of my own company. I was accountable for everything—and I certainly felt like a CEO—but after 8 years, I realized I was not, and I was lost.
When you get promoted to your company's executive team, it feels like you've made it. In reality, your journey, like mine, is just beginning.
On the executive team and in the board room, you see how the sausage is made. You see, as John Vars (Chief Product Officer at TaskRabbit) puts it, "conflict, disagreement, commitment, accountability, feedback."
It's in that kind of intense environment where you start to learn how to make tough business decisions and lead your team. Read this and you'll get a good idea of what it's like to join a startup's executive team.