Will startup founders hire you if you are for short term say for 1 and half years? If you are joining just to gain experience in the startup world and process?
First of all, startups, if they are honest with themselves, have defined the skills and experience needed to make their startup a success. If you have a proven skill or ability that the startup group needs but does not have onboard, of course a startup can and perhaps would hire you.
I would not, however, declare that you want to be a part of their team to gain experience and when you do, intend to go your own way.
Startups are in themselves a brand new and uncharted business direction and the people in them are also learning the ropes as they go along. They are not "teachers', they are risk takers. They want commitment to the risk being taken from the folks they bring on board and saying you want to gain experience and stay for a short term won't get you hired.
Nope, saying you want to join up to get experience is the last thing a startup wants to hear. Because the road map to success is so vague and often quite scary, they need folks with appropriate experience to join them long term who share their vision and won't "quit and run".
Now, alternatively, if short term is your intention,
- offering your services as a contractor can make sense if you have what's needed by the startup
- but again, don't expect to be hired if you say you want to gain experience in the startup world.
- They are not teachers, they are serious folks taking a chance on making a new venture work and they need all on board to be doing exactly that.