Startup Life, The Good, The Bad, The Awesome


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This is a deck I put together to share with our awesome MarketMeSuite interns about halfway through their internship. I thought it was important to check in and have them do a "gut check" about startup life, and whether they think it could be for them in the long term.

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Startup Life, The Good, The Bad, The Awesome

  1. 1. Start-up Life The Good, The Bad, The Awesome.
  2. 2. What Is A Startup? A startup company or startup is a company, a partnership or temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.
  3. 3. We are on a journey You are part of something more than just a company. The things you do everyday directly impact the future of this business. And you do a lot of things.
  4. 4. My Internshit No, that’s not a typo. I interned for a large company. It sucked. I did “fake projects” to “learn.” They paid me for this.
  5. 5. However… I would have gladly gone unpaid if I knew my work meant something. I left that internship with nothing more than a name on a resume. A year later, I had the opposite experience…
  6. 6. Real Impact A year later I took an internship, proposed an ad concept and they actually used it. (Couldn’t find actual ad, but it was for this brand) I was not paid for this.
  7. 7. Usually… You get a paid internship that gives you no chance for impact -or- You go unpaid and learn a lot. At MarketMeSuite we strive to give our interns both.
  8. 8. Experience Matters “Chicken before the egg” You need experience to get experience. You are getting “real” experience. A lot of it. Totally “rock your resume” real.
  9. 9. Corporate Ladder It’s a long way up. It’s slow and corporations do things (like establish pay grades and thresholds) to keep you on lower rungs of the ladder. (You can look forward to a 3% raise each year...)
  10. 10. Startup Ladder It’s a climb, but big risk = big rewards
  11. 11. The Risks - Lots of hard work with no guarantee - Lower pay than a corporate job - Much higher commitment level required
  12. 12. The Rewards - Experience that will fill a resume - Being a part of something real - Potential for big rewards later
  13. 13. Look In The Mirror Do you value experience? Do you enjoy having your work directly impact the real world? Do you love what you do? These are the questions. You have the answers 