Investing (your life) in a startup

investing your life

Investing your life in a startup

I spent more time researching my 2013 fantasy football team than the first company I worked at after college.

It took me a little under 4 hours to commute to and from work. From June through August, I spent those 4 hours every day researching who to draft for my team. There was a lot on the line: $150 and bragging rights over friends I've known since kindergarten.

I took 1/100 of that time to find my first job after graduation.

I would spend an hour here or there "researching companies" between class. All in, my research took ~3 hours. I knew I wanted to work at a tech company in New York with less than 50 people (so I could have an impact). Since I didn't know what factors to be judging a company by, any more time doing due diligence was a waste.

I got lucky. I landed at a place where I built meaningful connections and learned a tremendous amount in a little under a year. Lately, a few friends have approached me with horror stories of jobs they've taken, and asked for advice on getting into tech and finding a quality startup to land at.

This new blog will do just that. It's my attempt to shed light on process of the selecting a great startup, navigating (shortcutting) the hiring process, and building a kick-ass career.

If your goal is to be successful and make good money, it's not enough to pick just any startup to work for. You must think like an investor and ask yourself how successful the company can actually become. After all, job hunting and startup investing are nearly identical pursuits. When a job hunter/investor chooses a company to work for/invest in she is betting their reputation, time, and money on the company's success. The only thing separating the two is how much more time the investor spent researching the company.

The next time you find yourself slightly unfulfilled at your job, start brushing up on high quality companies worth pursuing. Don't wait until you find yourself in a position where you're forced to take anything you can get.

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