I’ve been a serial startuper since my early 20s. At 30, I want kids in next 2-4 years. Will asking about future maternity benefits ruin my shot to work for a small early stage startup?


  • First question to ask yourself: if you’ve been a serial entrepreneur, would you even be able to have a true maternity leave where you do no work for X number of months? If you know that you can’t sit still anyways, then its probably a non issue.

    Second question is, even if you take maternity leave, could you work out a way to work from home? Maybe its not full hours, but close to full… could you find a way to make it work?

    If the second question is yes, and you know you bring value to the team, then I would say be upfront and say “hey guys, i am planning a kid soon enough, but here is why it wont be a problem because I’ve got it all thought out how I can continue to bring value to the firm…”.

    good luck

  • If the dudebros who founded the company expected that they’d never have to offer paid maternity leave, they aren’t running a company, they’re running a frat house.

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