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I spoke with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Colorado - Boulder, about the ins and outs of transitioning from a student to a startup employee. ...

I spoke with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Colorado - Boulder, about the ins and outs of transitioning from a student to a startup employee.

http://startupcu.com/sept-19th-meeting/

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  • corn fields and gravel roads wrestler form-tec wrestling coach my own business return to wrestling
  • CU Leeds techstars sendgrid the world
  • characteristics; pros/cons; facts / myths not all startups created equal different strokes for different folks
  • uncertainty roller coaster *consistently inconsistent*
  • exciting roller coaster consistently inconsistent
  • flexibility shorts/sandals > suit flexible hours work remotely travel
  • low[er] budget low[er] salary
  • paid through an amazing experience wear many hats wide variety of experiences
  • evolution of a business success = scale growth failure
  • unique fun camaraderie, family feel
  • ownership extrinsic vs intrinsic = equity vs feeling shape the culture
  • commitment: serious dating / marriage
  • do you understand the culture, and do you feel like you ’ d fit in? do you understand the technology and/or does it excite you? what problem are they solving? ... does the company ’ s particular solution to that problem especially excite you? or is it just the opportunity to provide a solution to a BIG problem? does the market / industry / etc fall into your personal interests? do you have relevant experience? does this fit into your immediate or long-term goals? do you get along with and respect the founders and the existing team? do you add value? how? how likely is it that this company will be around in 1/3/5 years?
  • life cycle chart axes: progress / capital raised
  • 2 different types of experience: 1) experience with the industry/market/product 2) experience with the company/team
  • go to events engage through coursework / extracurriculars be involved, ask questions, be appreciative
  • coursework business plan digital marketing projects programming contribute to OS, write a Ruby Gem for API, docs extras GEA DCVF OAF Boulder Beta CUNVC other product feedback, customer/partner introductions
  • http://www.inc.com/guides/201108/how-to-prepare-to-launch-your-start-up.html

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  • 1. Student to Startupeverything you should know about making the transition... or not… boulder-ite @TimFalls community guy @SendGrid producer @BoulderBeta
  • 2. let’s talk! ask questions.provide comments.
  • 3. who’s this guy?
  • 4. who are you?• YOU + startups...• planning / in progress / complete• founder / employee• startup vs. corporate job?• grad vs. undergrad?• tech vs. non-tech?
  • 5. takeaways• 3 Questions youll be better prepared to answer “do i want to work at a startup?” “how do i find the right fit?” “how do i get hired?”
  • 6. t to work at a s
  • 7. startup vs. “real” company
  • 8. considerations of the startup life
  • 9. considerations of the startup life [obligatory cat picture]
  • 10. considerations of the startup life flexibility
  • 11. considerations of the startup lifeBootstrapped/lean = Lower budget/salary
  • 12. considerations of the startup lifepaid through an amazing experiencewear many hatswide variety of experiences
  • 13. considerations of the startup lifesuccesses + failures
  • 14. considerations of the startup lifefun
  • 15. considerations of the startup lifeownership equity impact
  • 16. considerations of the startup life commitment
  • 17. “how do i find theright fit?”
  • 18. “how do i find the right fit?” THEM• YOU culture experience founders / team skill set company needs interests risk profile goals technology where do you fit?
  • 19. “how do i find the right fit?” Series B$$ Series A seed angel alpha beta beta + GO time progress
  • 20. “how do i get hired?”
  • 21. are you experienced?
  • 22. be knownnetworkengagelisten / learn
  • 23. be valuablevolunteer (i.e., work for free)intern (i.e., work for cheap)coursework / extra-curricularsgive and takeminimal demands
  • 24. resource sbostonstartupschool.comstartupweekend.orgtechstars.comblogs, blogs, blogs
  • 25. takeaways• 3 Questions youll be better prepared to answer “do i want to work at a startup?” “how do i find the right fit?” “how do i get hired?”
  • 26. ? @timfallstimfalls@sendgrid.com timfalls.me