I worked long hours at Ooyala, the first startup that I joined after leaving Google. There were weeks where my team and I would work 70-80 hours and hardly any weeks where we worked fewer than 60. Like many teammates, I’d work in the office during the day and then continue to work from home after dinner. Even over holidays or vacations, I’d still be chugging away on my laptop or at least be on-call in the event that anything with the product were to go wrong.
After all, we were the underdog in the competitive online video market. We had products to ship and features to build, and there was no time to dillydally. The more that we worked, the more value we could produce and the more likely that our startup would succeed. Or so I had thought.