Hey CSPD readers,
It’s been a while since I’ve written and I apologize for that, but I’m back with a new article. I was fortunate enough to have a great job with an online social network startup by the name of Anthillz. Though I no longer work with Anthillz as heavily, due to the fall semester, I think working with a startup was a great experience and I want to try and convey why I think other students might get alot out of the experience like I did.
1. In a startup, no one specializes. Sometimes you have to do gruntwork, sometimes you can sit in on strategy and staff meetings. A startup is a great opportunity to try many facets of a business and figure out what you do and don’t like doing.
2. You can get given a load of responsibility. Think of it like sports: it’s like being 3rd in line on the depth charts for a position. Say… Wide Reciever. Suddenly, we have an injury and a trade and now there is no one left but you. Perhaps the team can work to get a new guy, but you are right there to take advntage if you are up to it.
3. Everyone wants to have a young Protege. Maybe I was always around nice entrepreneurs and kind investors (oxymoron? joking!), but I felt like everyone wants a mentor. It’s amazing how positive and helpful everyone in the new venture community is that I’ve met thus far in Philadelphia. I say take advantage of their eagerness to educate by learning everything you possibly can from them.
4. You’ll be surrounded by others who want to change the world. I can’t really attest to the corporate culture of a financial institution but I sure do know the culture of startups is full of optimists with grand ideas and aspirations and it’s really great to be able to share ideas and collaborate on projects together.I love the people I met while working with the startup.
5. Work with a startup while you can! I admit it. I at times had a hard time with the pay I was getting. Thing is, I’m glad I was able to do this now while I have so little bills. If I thought it was a financial stress to work with a startup as a junior in college then I can’t imagine how much more difficult it is to do with a family and a home.
Startups are hard work, but the knowledge and connections you can make can be priceless. On the upside you could be in on a fun ride of quickly growing company (maybe even with stock options!). However, most businesses fail, but even so I doubt you would regret the time you spend with a startup. I know I won’t regret my time with a startup.