How to Get a Job at a Startup

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Interested in learning how to get a job or internship in the startup scene? Boundless co-founder and CTO Aaron White explains what it takes to make it, how to network with the right people, and where to look to break into the startup scene.

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How to Get a Job at a Startup

  1. 1. Getting a Startup Job by @aaronwhite CTO, BoundlessThursday, November 8, 12
  2. 2. Positioning Presence & Projects PeopleThursday, November 8, 12
  3. 3. Positioning “I just met this awesome kid who [.....]”Thursday, November 8, 12
  4. 4. You need a (specific) goal You need your own criteria You need an angleThursday, November 8, 12
  5. 5. “Hello, GizmoGames Hiring Manager, I’ve got a 3.8 GPA in CS from University studying robotic micro-molecules controller boards. My goal is to join an innovative startup and contribute meaningfully. Respectfully, Soon-to-be-employed on a boring project because I didn’t position myself correctly nor screen my opportunities.”Thursday, November 8, 12
  6. 6. “My name is Aaron, my goal is to one day start my own ed-tech company.” “I’ve got a theoretical CS background, & spend my weekends launching cool web-projects.” “I’m looking to join a consumer web- startup to help create a back-end for millions of users so I can one day do it on my own.”Thursday, November 8, 12
  7. 7. TUNE YOUR RESUME AROUND THIS! (WE DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR ICE-CREAM STAND JOB. UNLESS YOU OPENED IT YOURSELF)Thursday, November 8, 12
  8. 8. Presence If I can’t find you online, you don’t exist.Thursday, November 8, 12
  9. 9. Thursday, November 8, 12
  10. 10. FAILThursday, November 8, 12
  11. 11. Thursday, November 8, 12
  12. 12. ITS A AH ME EE!Thursday, November 8, 12
  13. 13. Thursday, November 8, 12
  14. 14. DO YOU EXIST?Thursday, November 8, 12
  15. 15. DO YOU EXIST? DO YOU MAKE?Thursday, November 8, 12
  16. 16. DO YOU EXIST? DO YOU MAKE? DO YOU THINK?Thursday, November 8, 12
  17. 17. THINGS YOU’VE MADE, MUTTERFICKER. LET ME SEE THEM! (MORE POSITIONING!)Thursday, November 8, 12
  18. 18. People “Let me buy you a coffee...”Thursday, November 8, 12
  19. 19. COFFEE IS CHEAP TIME IS NOTThursday, November 8, 12
  20. 20. BUT... IF YOU SHOW RELEVANCE IF YOU EXIST IF YOU’RE CREDIBLE...Thursday, November 8, 12
  21. 21. Thursday, November 8, 12
  22. 22. DON’T NETWORK. LEARN. & PROVIDE VALUE <3Thursday, November 8, 12
  23. 23. Bonus! Resources Actually, you only need this excellent post by investor Rob Go: Hitchhikers Guide to the Boston Tech CommunityThursday, November 8, 12

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