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Are you a student who wants to work for a startup? Here are some tips on how to get started! Presented in Jan 2013 by Entrepreneurship@UChicago. Check us out at www.startupuchicago.com or …

Are you a student who wants to work for a startup? Here are some tips on how to get started! Presented in Jan 2013 by Entrepreneurship@UChicago. Check us out at www.startupuchicago.com or @startupuchicago

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  • 1. Startup Internship & Jobs WorkshopPresented by Entrepreneurship@UChicago Jan 2013
  • 2. Agenda Why startups Where to start geography Best ways to apply Q&A Panel
  • 3. • So, why work fora startup?
  • 4. Startups give you a chance to... Stronger chance at Everybody Unparalleled full-time loves what Experience + position or Responsibility they do follow-on internship Way more exposure to Informal + Make a real management flexible impact (CEO, CTO, atmosphere etc.) Cool perks Entrepreneuri from scooters al experience Flat structure to free food to dogs in the office
  • 5. • where do I start?
  • 6. Identify startups and companies you want to work for Look at existing startup internship Read startup news sources sources
  • 7. Geography Chicago- Much more diversified economy (healthcare, energy,commodities, food, education, finance, social entrepreneurship)- Smaller community = more student-friendly- Cost of living is lower Silicon Valley- Across the entire Bay (SF, San Jose, Menlo Park,Palo Alto, Mountain View)- Has everything. HQ of large tech companies- Working in tech is the norm, not the exception- More engineering-centric New York - Media, finance, and fashion startups - Also quite a few education startups - Smaller community - Large tech companies have sales in NYC
  • 8. Things to consider when choosing startups.. Backed by Size of venture Industry company capital? Culture + Projected people Location growth there
  • 9. • get an upper- hand in applying
  • 10. 1) Updating your online presence
  • 11. 2) Meet people at startup events! “Startups may not always be hiring, but they’re always looking for quality people.”
  • 12. 3) Tips on cold-emailing pt. I1) Warm-email: Find a connection- Friends of friends, alumni, family, your uncle’s wife’sbest friend’s husband2) Guessing the email address - firstname@company.com - Writing every derivative you can think of in theBCC3) Writing the email - Be casual, but respectful. - Express your interest in the startup + don’t begeneric
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  • 14. For small startups you can also...- Tweet at them- LinkedIn message them (doesn’t work as well)- Find events they attend, and say hi
  • 15. 4) General tips- Be authentic and have an opinion- Show your enthusiasm (why do you love their product,etc.)- Show that you did your homework (how would youimprove the product, etc.)- Take the initiative - create your own position- Don’t be afraid of rejection- Always send thank you notes- Startup companies actually read your apps
  • 16. HOWEVER... - Don’t be creepy - Don’t show up unannounced to their offices - If they tell you to stop contacting them, please stop.
  • 17. • Q&A