The president of StyleWare made a formal offer for permanent employment after I spent a summer full-time, and most of the Fall semester part-time.
“The pay’s not much salary, but we will give you a 10% raise after two years. The developers will share royalties for the software sold. You will have a health plan.
“Right now, we have no vacation or holidays. We expect that once you start, you will work until we are done with the first version. We expect that to be finished in June.
“You will be working on the infrastructure of the product, taking that task over from me, as I am finishing the word processor. The others are working on their modules.
“When do you finish school?”
I gave him a date.
“Could you start the following Monday?”
I said, “Sure.”
I think that despite the fact that this was a startup, and it being obvious that long hours were expected, I did pretty well for somebody who almost failed out of college, in the Oil-Glut economy of mid-80’s Houston, and who took forever to graduate.
Besides, there was still time for something else to come along…