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  • 5 Deadly Sins You Should Never Commit at Startup Life. | Startup Life
    very first contact with the potential employer in the particular startup Sometimes entrepreneurs do not necessarily want to know if you re a talented person Rather they want to draw a clear picture of how you could add value to the company Have talents Good Don t stop at that point Connect your specific talents with the startups specific needs Try to include two following things why you re attracted to THAT company or THAT job how you can UNIQUELY contribute to the company Small tip Show some evidence of research on THAT company And exclude a super honest reason which is technically irrelevant to the startup e g California sunrise and weather were my dreams a one size fit all message which is abstract and general e g I am hard working and passionate about startups Can you see the problems in these examples Problem doesn t have company specific messages Also too abstract Problem too general It works for none 4 Never learn about startups beyond their job descriptions There is no free lunch Do your due research on the startups you applied for By research I mean collecting relevant information about a startup and essentially understanding what they do and what they need This is preliminarily needed when you write a 50 word pitch and most crucially when you do an interview Remember when you get aboard you won t have an orientation session to walk you through obvious facts about the startup Yes it takes time and honest efforts Trust us If you do this you will thank us and yourself Here are some starting points Angellist Crunchbase Basic information about a startup Linkedin Figure out whom you would work with Twitter build character Techcrunch latest news milestones of the past worth noting Let me show

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  • 5 Must Read Tips Before Applying | Startup Life
    are also getting something in return valuable feedback Here are some tips and strategies to follow when you are applying Make sure your Linkedin or other online profile is great Put a picture get endorsements and recommendations Ask for them from your superiors colleagues and classmates from different stages of your education and work experience Make sure that LinkedIn is public it s classic rookie mistake what is the point if no one can see it Haven t you heard Resumes are dead read all about it here http startuplife fi no more resumes Strut your stuff Show us what you have built Is there any material online about your amazing projects Can you provide links to your products or research projects you ve been working on Can you show the exact features of the product you re responsible of Articles that you published This is the part that demonstrates that you are awesome so make sure startups see it They will google you This is not a myth and even if it might be controversial and against the law in some countries employers do it all the time So show your blog twitter facebook profile even your pinterest account if you think its relevant The startup is going to google you anyways so make sure your online presence is clean and transparent If you are embarrassed showing your profile to your grandmother then you are not ready to get a job Show the ambition and motivation Usually when we apply for jobs we tend to give good info about skills education and past experience But what makes a candidate stand out is their ambition and motivation Every startup wants to find entrepreneurial people who are passionate about the problem they re trying to solve You need to tell them

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  • No (more) resumes | Startup Life
    sticker design Show you understand how web is different from print Link to your portfolio whether you re an industrial or graphical designer Where Coroflot Dribbble Forrst Issuu Example Netta Marshall wants to work for Instagram Developers What Build on the startup s API fill in programming tests develop analytics dashboard or create a small easter egg game Show you can build something yourself You don t need 15 years of related work experience at a big corporation Just take your spare time and show everyone you can create something Where GitHub Bitbucket Google App Engine Example David built a site to demonstrate his JS skills for Valve Business What Plan an innovative no money marketing campaign Show you can do customer development or gather a list of potential bloggers to pitch Demonstrate you understand the role of customer service in a small startup Where Use Slideshare Quora Twitter or Google to contribute develop your know how Example 37Signals needs another Jason Let me point out that while there s no going back to the old traditional resumes you can always shape up your profile on LinkedIn Zerply or other similar service which correspond might make you feel more comfortable Be yourself Trust me taking the time to make your profile on the web look like yourself is worth it But a word of warning don t take it as a task to complete in order to land a job of your dreams No take it as you just want show everyone who you are and what you do No tricks there For instance if you don t like twitter then don t make yourself to use it hoping you ll stand out as a web 2 0 strategy wizard But why don t you take the opportunity to try

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  • Bring business cards, have a passion: second Startup Life meetup | Startup Life
    Antti from the Stanford Summer Institute Honors program were also welcomed to learn tips and tricks from the experiences of Kristo Be quick polite and persistent Time is of essence in the NHL of startups and wasting someones time is the ultimate crime People can go on and on for 45 minutes and not realize that they Given the reduced risk to the lender secured forms of free credits report com usually offer lower interest rates and higher free credits report com limits have lost the interest Learn to read the body language of the other person The culture of giving and getting feedback gets a lot of appraisal from Kristo Often it seems if Finns are brave enough to pitch themselves they become arrogant Be brave but humble and learn from the critics In Finland nobody ever tells you that you suck there s no feedback and no possibility to learn from you re mistakes Don t be afraid of it feedback only means they see potential in you that they feel it s worth taking time Stanford is a mouse click away Stanford is a world of it s own and many of our students are going to

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  • So you want to work in a startup? | Startup Life
    Aaltoes blog You don t need to master everything The ability to learn fast counts more We look for a mixture of talent enthusiasm and a track record of making things happen Paul recaps Startups are always experimenting and there are no fixed job descriptions so it requires a certain amount of stamina to master your way around the day to day The best way to get an internship at a technology start up is to contact the founders with an example of something you ve built Startups are not about GPA s or academic papers but about an adaptive mind Tell us the coolest thing you built or the best hack you ve done to solve a problem Unlike in school we re happy to take a look at unfinished projects or scrappy products it doesn t have to shine If you re serious about interning in a technology startup you should have some sort of a web presence Set up LinkedIn and spend a couple of minutes with About me or Flavours me to create a stylish website There s also a ton of great war stories on the web Check out the story of a Wepay intern read the lessons learned of the Slide intern who ended up founding Mixpanel or just browse through Quoras archives Below is also a list of actions that just might grab the attention of your prospective employee The application period for Startup Life in Silicon Valley Enternship close soon Designers What Create a custom landing page a 404 page t shirt or sticker design Show you understand how web is different from print Where Coroflot Dribbble Forrst Example Netta Marshall wants to work for Instagram Developers What Build on the startups API fill in programming tests develop analytics dashboard or create

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  • Why you should take the leap and apply for Startup Life, by Startup Lifer Gonçalo | Startup Life
    just by itself I ended up getting Fivestars interested that I d come over to join their team Fivestars Fivestars is awesome Period All the legendary memes about the startups in SF that always sound too good to be true were part of Fivestars DNA a great culture supported by great and smart people The people s willingness to learn and teach Plenty of tasty catered food and snacks A pet friendly office with a bunch of cute puppies funny dogs and only interested in food dogs Ping pong and soccer tournaments Company retreats A great product using the latest technologies to serve thousands of paying customers The ambition of making the world a better place through technology and the freedom to create and learn my personal faves If you blend all of this with a pinch of Californian sun you have an eye opening experience to work doesn t have to be a painful exercise but it can rather be full of purpose joy and personal development The city and its people I ended up living in a community house in the Mission district with over 20 people living under the same roof What started by being a temporary place to stay became yet another protagonist of my memorable experience in SF There was never a dull moment among my housemates and friends There were hackers designers entrepreneurs seeking investment for their startups wanderers and globetrotters lawyers business analysts social entrepreneurs just to name a few Actually one of the most intriguing things about San Francisco s atmosphere is its ability to gather people with the most diverse backgrounds cultures and interests and how it all brews together in an exciting way On top of this cultural richness you can get to Yosemite national park the Big Sur Tahoe

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  • How to Be a Generalist Without Losing Your Soul | Startup Life
    face but to me there is one much greater than others admitting I cannot learn it all A place like Silicon Valley is the generalist s candy shop Design product management programming marketing growth hacking sales There are numerous interesting meetups each week an ever flowing mass of articles and books webinars podcasts and events I m constantly being buried under read later lists pending online courses and books that lay open around the house I feel bad missing a webinar or seeing an article hanging in backlog for days often weeks This is frustrating and occupies my mind I can t learn it all How do you keep learning the right things Life in Silicon Valley has made me learn new ways to cope with the struggle I have Staying afloat comes down to visualizing a goal prioritization and efficiency A goal keeps you focused long term A practice I have already followed for years is to regularly look 5 years into the future and imagine myself in my dream role Writing down alternative paths that could get you there is a good way to make the goal and the steps along the way stick to your memory Memorizing a goal helps you prioritize Admitting you cannot learn everything makes you focus on learning the right things Don t feel bad not finishing a book if it s a bad one Don t feel bad not getting to articles that aren t relevant to your goal There s always good material out there that you could spend your time on instead Maximize your time and effort by being efficient I ve started to listen audio books while walking or exercising I ve signed up to Lynda for video courses that are easy to consume when I feel lazy I

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  • Stay hungry, stay focused– what I learned while working in San Francisco | Startup Life
    probably know that both the city and Bay area in general are filled with extremely smart and passionately working people and that s actually why I thought in the first place that it would be a perfect place for me to go and learn from them And working there has been one of the most rewarding experiences I ve had so far So what did I learn then Let me share some of the things with you Firstly I have to say that I got lucky with my company and especially with my immediate manager I feel that she was more of a mentor to me than a supervisor What I learned from her was to have concrete goals and a plan how to achieve them It may sound simple and in away I also already had some goals in mind before my internship However it really made a difference when me and my manager touched base frequently to check how I m doing and what kind of projects should I take on in order to learn certain skills that I wanted to master Remember to stay focused Second thing I d like to tip you might sound equally simple but remember to mix n mingle Get to know your co workers and attend to some outside work activities as well There are so many brilliant people in the Bay area so you honestly learn so much even by chatting with them casually Also the late evenings in the office don t matter when you feel that you re working with your friends Thirdly have fun out there Stay curious about your work and also while exploring the city Take on projects you have no clue how to actually do You re smart so you ll figure it out Don

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