Outstanding Dharmesh. Beautifully written and with much truth in it. You may be the best reason to break out of Shawshank.
Anybody got a rock hammer?
Love "Shawshank" and I've had the startup bug for some time. Nice twist on both.
After this reminder I'm busy living now!
Very creative! Thanks for breaking the monotony... :)
Excellent piece. And what are you doing over there? Get yourself an editor and start shooting best sellers!
Ditto to all the above...I'd like to get to know you.
Holy cannoli. That's the best job posting I've ever read. And payment for time served? Classic.
Thanks for the kind words, folks.
This is not the usual kind of article I post to OnStartups.
Hope you're planning your escape.
Just another story about some sucker who escaped the Shawshank Software Corporation by resigning. Sorry, Andy -- you did it wrong. A better man would have taught his company how to innovate, how to sprint, how to be productive. Leaders of Big Companies don't want their workers to be mired in red-tape and bureaucracy; they want them to be just as agile, fun and creative as workers in a small start-up. But don't put that all on their shoulders -- you need to help lead the way.
Great piece. This is applicable far beyond the walls of programmer prison! Any curious person who has worked at a very large company has either known, or become, an "Andy."
The fact that big companies cannot see this fact, is exactly why they are vulnerable to small companies with big ideas.
Very well done. You added 3 dimensions to a routinely 1 dimension type article. Keep it up,
Great movie; Great article. Thanks Dharmesh.
Nice article, that is one of my favourite films ever. I have broken free from a big corporate, and loving life..
very creative piece....quite motivating
Macbooks & dual monitors?
Try the real startup life--emachines laptop with broken monitor and after-factory ram boost -- with the blade marks around the sides to prove it. and missing o key, slow Android emulator and throwaway test machines with a tangle of cords in the bedroom.
Well, i am confused or being very critical.. Luved shawshank but eh..andy was there for a reason (he commited a crime and was booked under a law) and u know he looted the warden robin hood style..r u encouraging that Mr Shah..Secondly if everybody is going to be redeemed from shawshank..then a prison shawshank or any shawshank will exists. If everybody will be free starting their own, then who will work for themselfs.. I just feel Mr. Shah is being a nice marketier, and a Andy for his Hubspot..and also lucky to be accepted by google..but it should not be mistakenly take all to be andy.. All business needs andy and all andies need businesses.. Will hubspot afford to loose a Andy and taken some millions of you Mr Shah, the warden..(smile..)..Sorry for this analogy..
Well wisher and bit critical thinker
Great writing but it should be pointed out there there a lot of unemployed and under-employed programmers who wish that had a job at "Shawshank Software."
It's easy to say "do a startup" ... but not so easy when you have a family to support.
Haha, great analogy and cultural reference! Entertaining and insightful.
I don't know which large companies you've worked for, but trying to get them to change and be agile as a software developer is like the cooks trying to steer the Titanic away from the iceberg...ridiculous.
As for @karmasoftra, your first mis-statement was that Andy was guilty of the crime he was sentenced for...he was not. Regardless, Shawshank was a bad place because they treated the inmates (even the guilty ones) inhumanely. Secondly, the point Mr. Shah is making is that if you're stuck in a large company, AND you fit the criteria for a startup (i.e. MIT hotshot, outside-the-box thinker, etc.), then you should not waste yourself there and either start your own OR find a smaller, more nimble, and better fitting environment to work at. Your last mis-statement is also an insult that HubSpot is "lucky" to be accepted by Google. As if hard work, determination, perseverance, and sacrifice by Mr. Shah and his entire team to accomplish such a feat. I challenge you to do better.
A motivating and creative article.It is insightful!!
Very well written...clever, entertaining and informative which makes it refreshing. My partner (who writes the #10 top IT technical analyst blog in the world)and I run a service that helps storage industry startups hire experienced people from the big companies. Startups are at a severe disadvantage when you consider the millions of dollars large companies spend on recruiting talent and for premium placement of ads in search engine results. We limit our practice to helping only startups and emerging companies. It's too easy for a really talented achiever to get stuck in a big company working to make something for themselves - a salary - when they could be working to make something of themselves.
While there is some truth to what you speak, I can tell you from our experience as a a founder/engineer (of 2 startups) that engineers need to think about more than code/technology/coolness. They need to think about health insurance, benefits, having a safety net, having mentors who can help. Bunch of folks I talked with in startup have the mentality that they will hire and fire in 2 weeks. A company, small and large, needs to give engineers room/time to grow instead of just firing them. This is what you get in larger company. Of course, if you are 21, and have no family and relatively good health, Startup may be just the right thing (or older person who kids have gone to college and mortgage is almost paid off).
thank friendships, unforgettable, you get healthy and long life
A very interesting article. Shawshank happens to be one of my favorites.
For Entrepreneurs its a guide, a path shower, shaker and mover article
That was really amazing! I really liked the movie and so this article now.. :)
A good perspective from a different angle altogether. I agree with the overrall idea of breaking free if u are upto it.
Wow, Dharmesh! This is an awesome & inspiring article. I have dabbled in startups but to keep the mortgage & family going, have been trapped in the vicious Shawshank world! Any openings in India or plans to open up shop in India?
I would love to help you establish Hubspot's presence in this part of the world!!! :-)
You could have used more honest means to attract awesome developers to Hubspot.
You shouldn't punish your captive audience so severely.
Following you may be a crime,but the punishment is totally disproportionate.
God bless you and your audience,
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Loved, loved, loved this! As someone who has been stuck in the grey walls of a prison cubicle, this was hilarious!
I am hoping to break out soon myself... the startup dream lives!
Nice article Dharmesh, nice comparison . Just one difference - no on is holding you back in real life SS.
Yes, my escape really does feel like I'm digging through 10 feet deep brick walls with a spoon and a tiny hammer.
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