Firstly, congrats! Two amazing offers!
If you 100% wanted to optimize for money, then I actually think Synchronoss would be the better choice right now, because cost of living is substantially less in Phoenix than for the equivalent in Redwood City, CA (I use to work in Redwood City / Peninsula area). This means you could save up a lot more money with the same salary in both locations, build up a huge base of savings to invest, have that grow at 7% average return per year, and then move to wherever you want (including California), for future career growth.
Another big positive for Synchronoss is that rate of growth. It’s extremely rare to be at a company that would be able to 5x in size in that short of a period of time. Especially if you’re getting any form of stock options in the company, that growth rate would be huge for your potential future stock valuations! People always dream of getting in a company early before it ‘booms’ into massive growth, and this sounds like it could be the time; although I’d need to really do a lot more research to feel confident in that assesment about Synchronoss.
Personally, however, I would likely Shutterfly because I value location a lot. I really enjoy California weather, and it would be hard for me to give that up, plus I truly enjoy being surrounded by the tech hub of the world, and having so many friends that are somehow connected to that space.
However, with either selection, always remember that you always have the the ability to move. Especially with everything you’ve learned in Pathrise, and your strengths as a candidate now, your next position you’ll be searching for will be even bigger and better, and come so much easier. So you should feel confident and safe in the fact that whichever company you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to grow and learn, and be able to switch whenever you feel is best for yourself.
@nikhilasu12 If I could ask, what do you feel, personally, is most important for you in terms of what you value (location, career growth, technical learning, free time, raising a family, etc?), and what are your slightly longer term goals (such as five years down the line)?
Hope this was helpful!