A CEO/founder is paying me, full stack dev, hourly to build their MVP, but they are pretty unprofessional, have trouble with boundaries, and are a terrible product manager. They want to be on the phone all the time, are still bouncing around ideas, and can’t be pragmatic about prioritizing features despite every effort to guide them. The “MVP” has horrible scope creep and the beta is supposed to launch in just over a month. This person is pressing me to commit to the deadline, which they are going to communicate to a potential customer tomorrow. I don’t believe in the product, the approach, and I think the deadline is pretty much impossible or only possible if we launch with 1/3 of the features this person is demanding. It just doesn’t seem set up for success and I know I’m going to get blamed if it doesn’t come through. On the other hand, if I quit, there’s no way they will make their deadline (and only kind of a chance they will make it if I don’t).
Really want to bail. How shitty would it be? Probably can’t really do it without burning a couple of professional bridges, though. Ugh.