My broker just offered to get me into some Internet initial public offerings (IPOs). Maybe I'd have been more excited if I hadn't already worked for four pre-IPO high-tech companies. Don't get me wrong - everyone should work for a startup at least once in his or her career. You may discover, as I did, that startups are often the quickest route to an interesting job in the hottest new technology areas. You'll have the opportunity to become involved with real business decisions more than you ever would have at a larger company. Startups bring constant variety, glamour and adventure. I've gnawed on smoked mutton in Norway, ridden in a rickshaw in India and stood five feet away while Microsoft chairman Bill Gates inspected my company's booth at a trade show. I've also lived through a lot of chaos and disappointment.