Student to Startupeverything you should know about making the             transition... or not…           boulder-ite @Tim...
let’s talk!  ask questions.provide comments.
who’s this guy?
who are you?• YOU + startups...• planning / in progress /  complete• founder / employee• startup vs.  corporate job?• grad...
takeaways•   3 Questions youll be better prepared to    answer      “do i want to work at a      startup?”      “how do i ...
t to work at a s
startup vs. “real” company
considerations of the startup life
considerations of the startup life                    [obligatory cat picture]
considerations of the startup life            flexibility
considerations of the startup lifeBootstrapped/lean = Lower budget/salary
considerations of the startup lifepaid through an amazing experiencewear many hatswide variety of experiences
considerations of the startup lifesuccesses     + failures
considerations of the startup lifefun
considerations of the startup lifeownership  equity    impact
considerations of the startup life           commitment
“how do i find theright fit?”
“how do i find the        right fit?”                      THEM•   YOU                culture      experience       founde...
“how do i find the         right fit?”     Series B$$   Series A       seed       angel                alpha    beta   bet...
“how do i get   hired?”
are you experienced?
be knownnetworkengagelisten / learn
be valuablevolunteer (i.e., work for free)intern (i.e., work for cheap)coursework / extra-curricularsgive and takeminimal ...
resource   sbostonstartupschool.comstartupweekend.orgtechstars.comblogs, blogs, blogs
takeaways•   3 Questions youll be better prepared to    answer      “do i want to work at a      startup?”      “how do i ...
? @timfallstimfalls@sendgrid.com       timfalls.me
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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.

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
  • Startup CU - Student to Startup

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

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