Hello everyone, A online startup marketing company in the Silicon Valley offered me a job with a higher starting salary including benefits and company stock (Pre IPO) This company has been in business for 6 months and so far only employs 6 employees. They basically work with advertisers/publisher on marketing through email (non spam/non pornography) The founder/hiring manager mentioned how his company is doing good(revenue each of the past 6 months) despite the bad economy and they are in the process of hiring more employees and leasing the second floor of their building (they currently only lease the 1st floor.) My current company has since then matched the job offer. The company is pretty stable (work with State DOTs) and I dont mind what I do in my current job, its easy and not stressful and very laid back. However we have laid 2 people off in the past since I've been employed here (2 yrs) and I've learned from a former employee that annual raises are 3%. They also froze hiring and annual raises in 2008. With the startup I can make it big with the startup company and make good money there if the company does well. But I also risk the chance of the company not doing well and going out of business leaving me without a job. HERES THE BIG KICKER: Im expecting my first child next May! Thats the reason I went job searching in the first place. I would like to know everyones opinion about my situation. I have about 3 years of money saved up that I can live with, my own car, and I rent a place. What would you do in my situation?