What’s an accelerator? What’s an incubator? And what are the differences between the two? Those of you new to the startup world may be wondering about these two terms that are often thrown around interchangeably.
While they share similar goals, there are differences...
The tech world moves at a rapid pace. This can be intimidating if you’re just entering the scene. But don’t panic! Tech culture is DIY in nature, so it only makes sense that you should take it upon yourself to do a little independent study and find your bearings.
Much of what you need to learn as a baseline is out there on the web. There are oodles of easily accessible (and free) sites dedicated to the goings-on of the tech world. Seek them out to get a handle on current tech news, newly emerging companies and products and upcoming tech events and meetups.
Here’s a smattering of the sites and newsletters dedicated to keeping you informed:
You’ve got a phone interview lined up, and you’re wondering how to rock it. While you can’t treat it like an in-person interview, because of the differing circumstances, you should give it the same level of importance as you prepare. Though it may not seem as meaningful as an on-site interview, employers use phone interviews as a way to weed out candidates before meeting face-to-face, so make sure you’re as ready as you can be.
Here are some tips to get you prepped for your phone interview:
The tech industry in NYC is mighty—and growing. Its growth is clearly good news for budding programmers looking to work in the city, but tech-savvy professionals aren’t the only ones benefiting from the boom. Alongside the rising demand for developers comes the need for non-technical staff members on the administrative side of things. Office managers, sales reps, and customer service support members are just a sampling of all the vital non-technical roles in the tech industry.
So, the industry is “growing” and there are “a lot” of non-technical jobs available. Maybe you want some hard facts and numbers to get a real idea of the scope of the industry. Where can we find those?
Living in NYC and interested in the tech sector? Lucky you—you’re in a hot spot. New York City is hub for all things tech so you will never be short on events and meetups to fuel your interests, and career.
One of the most critical areas startups need to address at the outset is business development. More strategic than sales and broader than marketing, business development is like a reconnaissance operation—working ahead to carve out markets, establish partnerships and create demand for your company’s products or services. When you’re asked to wear this hat, you’re being called on to be a sleuth, a schmoozer, a therapist and a ringleader all wrapped into one.
So you made it through an interview for a job you really, really want. (Hopefully you read our posts on what to do and what not to do before you went!) While you’ve made it over the toughest hurdle, you’re not over the finish line yet.
You want to create a startup right now. Or you know you want to right after you graduate. Or maybe you just know you want to be a part of one some way, some how. But you’re still in college. So, what can you do right now?
Consider the invaluable advice in Paul Graham’s famous essay A Student’s Guide to Startups. He offers salient information for students aiming to dive into the startup world. Who’s Paul Graham, you ask? Only a programmer, co-founder of Y Combinator (a firm that does seed funding for startups) and essayist, among other things—making him an authority on all things startup. Even though the piece is from 2006, his advice is still relevant.
Coffee meetings are an important part of your job search and for career growth, especially when you’re trying to learn more about and get involved in the startup world.
Whether you set yourself up for a coffee meeting with someone from a networking event or if you have one with your uncle’s friend who owns a business in New York City, you need to be equally prepared going in. Though they’re much less formal than a regular job interview, meetups over coffee can help you gain insider know-how you would never find one a company’s website or someone’s LinkedIn profile.
If you’re hoping to land a job at a startup, you’ve probably spent a good amount of time thinking about how to persuade a potential employer you’re the best candidate for the job. That’s a large part of your job search, but not all of it. You have to take a look at the other side of the coin: what about the startup makes you want to work for them?
Perhaps you’re interested in a working at a startup, but not quite sure you fit the docket.
Sure, the accomplishments listed on your resume are an important factor in your job search, but there are a lot of other things to be considered. It’s not enough that you went to a good college or have a high GPA. Startups aren’t necessarily looking for someone with a certain degree, but instead they’re more focused on finding people with specific traits.
Many of these traits are innate, meaning you either got it or you don’t. Hopefully, you do. So, what exactly are these characteristics? Startups are looking for...
Is your head spinning yet? We understand. When you’ve graduated and don’t have a clear career path, it can be difficult to decide in which direction you should set off on your journey. You could enter the ranks of a large business in the corporate sphere. Or you could become a team member at a small startup. It’s all up to you.