4 Reasons to Work at a Creative Startup

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It’s common to hear about what it’s like to work at a startup; lean, scrappy, nimble, etc. But what if you’re lucky enough to work for a creative startup? I work at EyeEm, a Berlin-based photography community and marketplace. We’re working on exciting ideas in the photography and technology space that allow not only our employees, but community of users to showcase their most creative side. We work in an environment that definitely has all of the typical startup qualities. Creative tech startups have that secret sauce that can be part of the perfect recipe for anyone’s ideal career, even if you don’t consider yourself a ‘creative.’

Working in a creative startup, every single person has something to offer, no matter their previous experience.

1. Broaden Your Horizons

Working in a creative startup, every single person has something to offer, no matter their previous experience. Even creative companies need people from all backgrounds – engineering, sales, marketing, and economics to name a few. At EyeEm, we have both community members turned team members, and new team members who found a joy in photography through working with us. Hidden talents have been revealed!

2. Wear Many Hats

In any creative startup environment, things are moving quickly and changing daily. The great part is that each team member is given opportunities and challenged to try new things – left and right-brain people come together to teach each other new skills, try new things and see what works, and what doesn’t. There’s no limit to any role. 

3. Creativity Encouraged

In a company that built its entire product and community on the premise of an artistic medium, it’s obvious that every employee should be given freedom to be, well, creative! That also means that you have the flexibility to reach your goals the way you think makes the most sense. With that freedom comes the need to be flexible, which can be a challenge in itself. When priorities change – which they often do in a young company – you must be able to respond to those needs. It’s hard to predict what will happen six months down the road, but in exchange for that you get so much liberty from the typical processes often found in bigger companies.

Startup life is an adventure, and one that can be extremely rewarding if you allow it.

Startup life is an adventure, and one that can be extremely rewarding if you allow it.

4. Community + Team Connection

At EyeEm, our creative community and team members often get the chance to interact at events all around the world. We hold a yearly Photography Festival and Awards Afterparty where the community, the team and industry experts come together for a day of networking, discussion and celebration around the future of photography. The third annual festival is coming up on August 27th in Berlin. The whole team will be there, so come and meet us!

The best people for creative startups are people who want to grow and learn with the organisation as it develops. Ambition is key, and you get the chance to be as involved and vocal as possible in each relevant project. Startup life is an adventure, and one that can be extremely rewarding if you allow it. But you should be both hungry for growth, as well as willing to help those around you and the company grow.

If you’re interested in working with EyeEm, check out their Jobspotting company page to get the low-down on their current vacancies. All photos kindly provided by EyeEm.

Nesrin Yüksel

Nesrin Yüksel

Talent Acquisition Lead at EyeEm

Nesrin Yüksel is EyeEm's Talent Acquisition Lead, where she works to find the best talent for EyeEm's growing team. She began her career in sales and moved into recruiting for tech companies, where she has been for over five years.

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