For the last 6 years(wow, has it been that long?) I’ve been helping people land venture capital jobs and startup jobs through the VC Careers community, Road to a Venture Capital Career, and startupcareeradvice.com.
And now I’ve made available another resource to help you build a great startup career – my new book, Finding Startup Jobs.
Here’s what people are saying about the book and how it can help you realize your dreams of finding a startup job you’ll love…
The rules of the job search have changed dramatically in the last 10 years, and this is even more true for startups. John Gannon is a true expert on what it takes now to get noticed and hired by a high-growth company, and Finding Startup Jobs is a must-read for anyone who wants to land a startup job.
Finding Startup Jobs is the definitive resource for anyone looking to begin building an exciting career in high-growth startup companies. It breaks down your startup job search end to end: all the way from building one’s network in the startup community to actually negotiating your final offer. It’s hard to imagine any resource that would be more complete and more informed than Finding Startup Jobs.
Rob Go, Founding Partner, NextView Ventures
Becoming a cherished employee for a high-growth company can fundamentally change your career and life. Anyone considering joining this world should pick up Finding Startup Jobs immediately.
Aaron O’Hearn, Co-Founder of Startup Institute
Originally posted on Sean on Startups:
There has been a lot written about how to effectively manage your time as a leader when building a new company. Paul Graham has a famous essay where he divides the needs of the engineer from the needs of the manager through the Maker’s Schedule and Manager’s Schedule. More recently, Danielle Morrill of Mattermark wrote about the transition from the Maker’s Schedule to the Manager’s Schedule as her company grows.
I have found significantly less written about how to effectively manage your time in the very early days of founding a company. In those early days, you cannot have a Maker’s Schedule since you cannot be sure exactly what you should make. However, you cannot have a Manager’s Schedule since you have to work on making something or else you will never get started. Then, what is the ideal Founder’s Schedule?
For me, the ideal Founder’s Schedule makes time…
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You have to offer value without expecting anything in return.
I hope this becomes a broader trend in the startup world. No reason employees should only have 6 months to make a decision on whether or not to pay for their illiquid chunk of equity.
Fortune has learned that Pinterest told employees that if they have been with the company for at least two years and choose to move on (or who are terminated), they now can hold onto their vested stock options for another seven years (post-departure) without exercising them. By doing so, Pinterest has removed a massive tax liability that haunts the dream of many successful startup employees.
Putting yourself in new situations constantly is the only way to ensure that you make your decisions unencumbered by the nature of habit, law, custom or prejudice – and it’s up to you to create the situations.
The best way to become quickly knowledgeable is to find the right people and talk to them. Of course, do your homework first. But there isn’t a substitute to finding the three people in the world who know best and triangulating their answers.
This theory maps to serious writing projects. While outsiders tend to be very curious about how writers tactically do their job (“Do you write in the morning or at night???”), the hardest part of an ambitious writing project as the writer is managing your own psychology. More specifically, in my experience, the key skill is managing the self-disappointment bordering on self-loathing that can overpower other emotions through the long, hard slog.