Next Avenue: What I learned from working at a startup where everyone was half my age

by | May 17, 2023 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from When I joined a healthcare startup at age 60, I knew it would be different from my long career in corporate media marketing. I had some trepidation about working at a company where almost everyone was at least 30 years younger than me.

On my third day, I got a whiff of just how different it would be when I was asked to attend an “idea jam” — the startup equivalent of a department head meeting. It was a salon-style event held in the rented home of one of the soon-to-be ousted founders. It was quite a change from the company meetings I’d been used to, with carefully sliced fruit and rolls of deli meat, celery and carrot sticks for the vegans. Here, the vice president of strategy helmed the kitchen; he’d once been a chef in a Florida tourist town.Finding common ground Before dinner was served, he shared that the fish was caught just miles away, the plentiful vegetables were from the local farmers market and the plates and utensils all were sustainable. I mingled with my new colleagues, and my initial concern about the age gap was assuaged by finding shared interests in music and strength training. Before the post-dinner idea jam, we were i …

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