Seven months ago, I left my Product Management job at Google to work on starting a company. My co-founder and I have been working on [Kapwing](https://www.kapwing.com), an online video editor, for the last four months. In this post, I’ll compare life before and after so other big-company product managers know what they’re getting themselves into if they’re thinking about jumping ship.\n\n#### Commute\n\n* Google: Google shuttle, 1 hour++.\n* Startup: The time it takes you to move from your bed to your desk. And occasionally Muni.\n\n#### Career progression\n\n* Google: You spend a lot of time going through the motions of performance review and pleasing your manager, both of which are annoying.\n* Startup: You spend equally as much time on growth hacks and pleasing upvoters on product hunt, which is more fun but equally as obnoxious and random as Perf.\n\n#### Lunch\n\n* Google: Everyday for free.\n* Startup: You still eat at Google a few times a month because the VC you’re squatting in is so close to the SF office and Googler blood runs deep.\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*pseNPz-dyP6EQYTHsCADCw.jpeg)\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*j1zcAkpwSminQjUoJCuvuQ.jpeg)\n\nTaco Tuesday at the Google SF office\n\n#### Conversations with co-workers\n\n* Google: “Oh, how was your weekend?”\n* Startup: I already know everything about your weekend because we chatted every hour on Hangouts.\n\n#### Monetization\n\n* Google: If your product makes money, it’s probably not fun to work in your org.\n* Startup: If your product makes money, everyone wants to work with you.\n\n#### How search works\n\n* Google: Even though you work on Search, you barely know about how SEO ranking works, because you’re not a ranking engineer, and does anyone really understand ranking anyway?\n* Startup: SEO IS LYFE\n\n#### Speed\n\n* Google: Text changes go through eng review, product review, design review, and Ariane approvals.\n* Startup: In the time it took to write this sentence, the text has already been changed in production.\n\n#### Stock\n\n* Google: Multiply by 1000 and liquify whenever you want\n* Startup: Monopoly money that might be worth millions of dollars in a decade.\n\n#### Press\n\n* Google: I get multiple unsolicited emails from journalists every week and redirect them to the Comms team because that’s someone else’s job. Eye roll.\n* Startup: I send hundreds of unsolicited emails every week begging journalists to care about my product.\n\n#### Travel\n\n* Google: Business trips to Zurich, Delhi, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv on the corporate card because you have partner engineering teams in remote offices.\n* Startup: It’s exciting to walk to the food truck park for lunch.\n\n#### 1 million users\n\n* Google: Probably noise. Did you flip the launch bit yet?\n* Startup: An unbridled future fantasy.\n\n#### Engineering\n\n* Google: Why are the engineers taking so long? They’re so sllloooww.\n* Startup: Why am I taking so long? I’m so sllloooww.\n\n#### Mission statement\n\n* Google: Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.\n* Startup: WIP, but I think it’s written on the first slide of the pitch deck.\n\n#### Perks\n\n* Google: Makes six figures but still annoyed when they don’t give you a holiday gift.\n* Startup: You make less in a week than you used to make in a single peer bonus.\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*QpAnxiDTW9KLSy8i-VZwvQ.jpeg)\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*7cyMj1feMVh5gd5SkLo-XA.jpeg)\n\nOffices with climbing walls vs lucky to have an office at all\n\n#### Success\n\n* Google: Level 8\n* Startup: 30 under 30\n\n#### Growth\n\n* Google: All you need to do is ship a great product. If it’s a great product, people will use it, and monetization doesn’t matter.\n* Startup: You have to build a great product AND get people to use it AND make money from it. You can have a great product that people don’t use and a great product that people use and doesn’t make money. Either way, your product will die despite its greatness.\n\n#### Day-to-day\n\n* Google: Build awesome software, work with amazing people, dream about the future, and have a lot of fun on the way.\n* Startup: Same :)\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*bVKAV4jCHf4nmOm1JcIBYg.jpeg)\n\nSun setting on the Googleplex\n\nThanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts about what it’s like to leave the Man for a tech startup. If you enjoyed the post, let me know by giving us some Medium love, checking out our [video editing website](https://www.kapwing.com), or following our startup journey on the [Kapwing blog](https://www.kapwing.com/blog).