How I Decided to Leave Corporate America to Join an Early-Stage Startup


A young female engineer steps outside her comfort zone and takes a scary step into the unknown. By Frances Advincula (Software Engineer, nousDECOR)

I subscribed to Inc. Magazine when I was 10. I bought the domain name because I saw an infomercial on internet businesses that said you should start a business that resonate with what you love. At the time, my dad and I spent a lot of time baking on the weekends, so to my 10-year old self, an online business selling ovens made complete total sense. (Please don’t laugh.)

That’s when I first started playing with HTML, which unfortunately didn’t get restarted until I was in undergrad.

So I always knew I wanted to be part of the startup world from a very early age, even before I was aware of the word “startup.” And even though I found myself with an amazing job as a software engineer in corporate america, I still tried to be involved with startups (contributing to and voraciously reading Femgineer,, etc.).

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