If you’re working on something you’re passionate about, you should be able to do it for the next 10 years, making just enough to survive, without an expectation of a big pay day. No big acquisition. No press. No glory. Just work for the sake of work.
This works for knowing if you love your team too. Would you work with these people every day for the next 10 years and be happy to come to work every day just to hang out with these people?
Fortunately for me, the answer is yes on both. I work on Spool, with Curtis, Dan, Christine, Chandra, and Aditya, every day, with no expectation of a big payout, and am very happy. I would gladly do it for the next ten years.