❝ Like war, everything in startups is life or death
I appreciate the enthusiasm and romanticism  of the story, but don’t for a minute confuse working in a Startup and a real ‟life and death” situation. Things have to be done perfectly, freeze, screw up or make a mistake and you end up with a corpse instead of a person.
Why not say it, ‟as it is” — a relatively safe, exciting creative job where you get to make your own decisions, create things, have fun and maybe make some money. 
 YC Is Not a School for Startups; ‟It’s Marine Corps Boot Camp for Founders”, [Last Accessed: March 12 2011]