The second startup I worked at was as a business development executive for an EdTech company. I was at a point where I wanted to switch careers, from producing content for media and entertainment to a tech-related field, and didn't want to go through the MBA route. I had an opportunity to work for a startup, and I jumped at the chance; at this startup- the atmosphere was warm, welcoming, and there was a lot of creativity flowing from all angles. The group was very tight-knit and regularly went on work/holidays together, hiking together, camping together and there were a lot of work-dinners. The CEO of the startup was a very kind, understanding intellectual and really took time to give extensive feedback to every employee, and made sure every employee was heard and had designed an open space office, so that his desk was right where all the other employees had their desks, instead of being hidden away in the corner office. Unfortunately for the startup, it was nearing 3 years old, and at the end of its life expectancy and it desperately needed a CFO. At that point, the receptionist was doing all the accounting, and the CEO himself was writing 40 page tomes for the slide deck, and I was primarily there to source external investors to become interested in the company. Although many VC groups were initially interested in the startup (I was able to garner interest from VCs in Hong Kong, the US, UK and Switzerland) after they took a look at our dire financial situation, it would be enough to stop the conversation. We had all the talent and expertise, but we were missing the CFO.