Drones are quickly becoming the hot new commodity of 2017. From taking awe-inspiring photos to enhancing the safety of civilians, startups are creating drones that can do just about anything and everything. Within the next few years, you’ll have drones dropping off pizza at your doorstep and taking out your trash. Startups are proving that drones aren’t just one-trick ponies, and they’re coming up with new and innovative ways to use them to solve society’s day-to-day problems.
If you ever wanted to work at a drone-related company, now is your chance-- no technical skills necessary! We’ve compiled some of our favorite drone startups from around the country. Every company on this list is hiring for nontechnical positions, so no matter what your background is, there’s a company in this list with a job for you!
Social media is great for documenting some of the best and coolest moments in our lives. But while we might look back at our photos and tweets and laugh at the things we did, potential employers might look at them and go “aw HELL no.” We’re talking about that photo of you when you were clearly plastered at 11pm in the pub, or that snarky tweet you sent mocking that one company or celeb after a PR blunder. Believe us, we’ve all been there, and it’s okay if you’ve done these things. The problem is that first impressions matter, and if your employer’s first impression of you is negative, they’re not likely to spend any more time on your application. Employers aren’t like your friends who understand what your lifestyle was like. They don’t know that you’re a very kind and helpful person 99% of the time. All they know is what they saw online when they went to see if you were a real person.
Have you ever worried that you don’t quite fit the description of someone who works at a startup? Are you secretly afraid that you’re destined for corporate life because you just can’t seem to nail the interview process? Do you have questions about startup life that you’re too afraid to ask? Well--worry no longer, because we’re not ashamed to ask those questions (and then some) to get the intel for you!
We’re so lucky we got the chance to pick the brains of some awesome hiring managers at very cool companies (including SeatGeek, Zola, Sweeten, CourseHorse, and LiveLike!) last month during the Breaking Into Startups panel, hosted by Planted and General Assembly. The panelists shared with us the things they had wished they’d known when they were making their moves into the startup world.
Feel like you push the snooze button a few too many times and dread morning small talk with your coworkers, no matter how much sleep you got? If that sounds like you, you’re not alone. Tons of people struggle finding the connection and motivation they seek in their career, and it can start to spiral. When you’re in a rut like this, loving your job sounds like the hardest thing ever (probably only second to running a marathon) -- but it’s actually a lot simpler than people think. When you love your job, you’re excited to wake up in the morning and ready to conquer whatever your job throws at you that day. You spend many of your waking moments focused on work, whether you realize it or not, and it’s common for you to replace your #showerthoughts with mapping out next steps on that month-long project you’ve been working on. Beyond all else, loving your job is about finding purpose in what you do and being proud of it. Each workday is basically your daily dose of endorphins!
From our first concert to our first kiss, music holds some of the best memories we have ever made. It should come to no surprise to you that startups are making waves the music scene. Whether you create beats in your apartment or want to find new and upcoming artists in your area (before they’re mainstream, we know), there’s a startup working on making it easier and more accessible for you.
From ticket sales to composing, startups are revolutionizing the way that music is created and shared across the world. Whether you’re into classical music or hip hop, selling or consuming, there is a startup for you! If you’re interested in a career in music, read up on some of our favorite music tech startups in NYC that are hiring for non-technical positions.
We take snacking very seriously -- when you get hangry, it can really feel like a matter of life and death. If that sounds like you too, you know it's best to have good snacks on hand when the munchies strike! Avoiding hanger at all costs is the goal, especially since being well-fed with healthy snacks can fuel your productivity on the job (or the job hunt). If you wait until it sets in, you won't be able to focus on anything besides finding food that satisfies that killer craving. Luckily for you (and us), there are startups dedicated to making sure you never have to go hungry.
Whether you’re into health foods, candies, or smoothies, startups always come up with ways to satisfy! Here are some of our favorites: subscription services that create personalized snack boxes and deliver them to your door, so you can have delicious snacks on hand whenever your stomach starts to growl! Yes please.
Interviews are a lot like a first date. Both can be awkward, nerve wracking, and just downright uncomfortable. By the end, you’re often both emotionally and mentally exhausted, and likely without a job offer (or a second date). But it doesn’t have to be that way! Interviewing doesn’t have to spike your anxiety, and it shouldn’t.
We’ve all been there. You’re at an interview for what you believe is your dream job and then as soon as you sit in front of your interviewer (or pick up the phone), your mind goes blank. You stutter. You sweat. If you’re lucky, you’ll come off as high-strung. If you’re not, you’ll come off as incompetent. We have all had interviews like that -- so what can you do before your next interview besides “be yourself” to help yourself stay calm and collected? Well, quite a lot actually! Here are some of our favorite pre-interview hacks to put your anxiety to rest. Whether you have an interview or a first date coming up, these should help drop kick your anxiety and make a great first impression!
As a college student, you’re gaining a wealth of skills and knowledge about the world, especially in relation to your major. But let's face it -- you might not necessarily use everything you have learned in the classroom in real life, and years from now you might wish you had a class on how to do taxes or choose a health insurance plan... things we still might be figuring out. There are some skills, however, that you can pick up both in and out of the classroom, and we think you need to master 'em before you get your diploma. These skills are more than just the baseline for adulting -- they're the qualities that will help you achieve the success you crave. College student or not, make sure you can check these indispensable tools off your list before heading into your next job hunt or professional setting.
If you’re an introvert, the whole concept of networking probably isn’t your cup of tea. Even if you feel like you’d rather do just about anything other than forced small talk with strangers, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Believe it or not, there are tons of ways to play to your strengths and interests, which means networking can be an actually enjoyable experience. You just have to find the strategy that works for you, and you can make the experience a productive and pleasant one (even if you’d rather be home with your cat). Plus, other people might feel just as nervous as you, and would love it if someone else made the first move! Whether its at speed networking, a happy hour meetup, or a job fair, the next connection you make could be your next mentor, or even your next boss. Here’s your cue to stop overthinking it and introduce yourself so you can start schmoozing with the best of ‘em.
Once upon a time you could just sit down and crank out a 6 page essay in eight hours, no problem. Now, it takes you eight hours just to write your name down on your senior thesis... which also happens to be due in 48 hours. If you look around, you’ll see you’re not alone -- senioritis is a disease that affects millions of college students world wide, and you’re just joining the ranks of classmates facebooking in the library (or avoiding the library all together). Don’t get us wrong, getting it together isn’t always easy (and you're definitely allowed to have a little fun), but it’s not impossible -- even second semester. No matter what stage of senioritis you’re in (or if you’ve been working for years but you still feel it because we feel that v deeply), our favorite tips can prevent you from becoming just another college cliche!
Startups are sexy, and that’s nothing new. Job hunting is not, which is also nothing new. Whether you’re a college senior thinking about the great big world after graduation or you’re a seasoned professional ready to make moves, figuring how to actually take the leap is easier said than done. With ambiguous job titles, informal interview processes, and CEO's in hoodies, it can be tricky to know the steps that will land you the job you're hoping for. Not to mention--if you don’t have a tech background (and know you wont survive a coding bootcamp), it can feel like there’s no place for you in the startup world.
Luckily, that isn’t true, and luckily we know some people. At our San Francisco General Assembly panel on Breaking into Startups, we chatted with 4 industry experts who were kind enough to give us some really tangible advice you can use to get your foot in the door. Startups may have less structure than other industries, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some rules of thumb to keep in mind -- and we think hiring managers at ground-breaking companies like Lyft, Gobble, Guideline, and CultureIQ are the best people to let you in on the secrets (even if you couldn't make it to the event!). They really know their stuff, so read up on these 5 things they want you to know about getting a startup job and thank us later.
There’s just something about NYC. From Broadway phenomenons to bars that don’t close until 4am, there’s always something to do and never really a reason to sleep. On top of that, Silicon Alley is home to some of the biggest and most successful startups in the country! The New York startup scene has been steadily growing for the past several years, and it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
No tech experience? No problem! Startups are always hiring people from diverse backgrounds. Whether you’re an English, performing arts, or chemistry major, there is definitely a startup out there looking for people like you! If you're looking to break into the tech scene as a recent grad or ready to kiss the corporate world goodbye, check out these hot NYC startups we’re excited about -- and think you should be, too.
Let’s be honest, college is generally pretty great. It’s where you make your best friends, learn a ton of cool things, and go to a lot of ridiculous parties you will probably laugh about in your old age. What it doesn’t necessarily do is actually prepare you for the real world and adult life. If you want to be prepared for life after graduation, it’s best to start thinking about this early on in your college career. So what can you do during your time on campus to prepare yourself for the working world?!
If you think a startup job is in your future, you know that we’re always hunting for hires with applicable life skills. While many universities are currently creating entrepreneurship programs complete with classes, year-long projects, and accelerators, you don’t have to participate in one of these programs to prepare for life at a startup! No matter where you go to school, there are always plenty of opportunities to dive in and get the skills that will help you land your future dream job.
It's no secret that the Bay Area is a hub for startups. In fact, there are so many awesome companies in SF and surrounding cities that it might even start to feel overwhelming. Where should you start? Who is actually hiring? Are there jobs open for someone who (gasp) doesn't know how to code? The answer there is a resounding yes. While we love all the techies and software engineers among us, all companies need awesome, smart non-technical people to make the world go round. If you were inspired by our last blog on awesome Bay Area companies to know about, here are 20 SF Bay Area companies looking to grow their teams this year -- could one of them be your next adventure?!
Ever feel like no matter how many times you say tonight is the night you're going to put away last week's laundry, redo your room, answer that networking email, and finally update your resume, you still end up accidentally watching Netflix and ordering thai food? You're not alone! No judgement here -- but, you also don't have to live like that. It can be overwhelming, but we're confident that you can get your life in order this year, since there are so many awesome companies out there who can help you get a head start. If you've already tackled our New Years Resolutions guides to help you Get Fit, Get Healthy, and Get Financially Savvy, here are 6 startups to watch if you're ready to get your you-know-what together this year!