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In case you missed it: Day in the life at Avoce

Here’s a recap of Co-Founder and Co-CEO Raphael’s day @AvoceEyewear, an e-commerce startup! Click their logo for a recap.
If the awesome organization seems like a good fit for you, make sure you apply to their Marketing Strategy intern position at NYU CareerNet Job ID 909430
Also, don’t miss out on the NYU Startup Expo on 11/21. Register today for more information!

In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life Weleet

At Weleet we’re looking for self-starters who embrace the opportunity to use social media to connect with and build an engaged and dynamic community.
If this is a culture and company you’d like to help build, please click here for Marketing Intern or here for Software Development Intern.

How About Starting A Startup This Summer Break?

Taking the leap to being an entrepreneur and starting something isn’t easy. It requires a lot of commitment to the concept and ability to stay determined no matter what the situation. I have previously written on recognizing opportunities and identifying which of those could turn into a business. However, the biggest challenge facing a lot of the individuals is the path to executing any idea.

So here is what I propose to those wantrapreneurs who are not able to take the leap towards committing themselves to an idea: Instead of going on a vacation or taking up an internship this summer break, dedicate those 10 weeks to working on your business venture.

The main idea behind this exercise will be to validate the viability of your concept at the end of your summer break. When validating a startup, you might come across a number of obstacles. Mentioned below are some of the most common challenges that are encountered by almost every entrepreneur, along with ways to address them:

Team: The best way to build a good team is to interact with individuals in your network and see if any of them are willing to be a part of your initiative. If that doesn’t help, attend Meetup groups. Relevant Meetup groups can serve as an excellent resource to meet interesting people who would share your passion/vision.

Financing: There are many avenues to explore when it comes to receiving seed funding, but to be taken seriously, it is crucial to build a prototype or demo of your product ASAP. Having a prototype to show is all you need to worry about, to help validate your idea.

Marketing: The best way to get yourself and your product noticed, is to go to startup demo events and pitch your idea. Apart from this, be sure to write a blog every few days. Blogs serve as a very powerful channel to communicate your business’ vision and concept to people around the globe.

At the end of these 10 weeks if you decide to purse your venture further, you will be in a great position to apply to startup accelerator programs that will provide you will seed funding, mentorship as well as all the resources you need to continue to grow.

To those who feel that this is a lot easier said than done I would like to assure you that once you take the leap, each challenge will appear to be an opportunity to prove yourself. There is no bigger incentive to work harder.

In the past one year, I have learnt a lot more working at my startup iFunding, than working at an analyst level could’ve taught me over three years. Irrespective of whether I like it or not, I have to participate in every aspect of the business and learn on the go. That is true for every entrepreneur. I have been fortunate to team up with an amazing co-founder who has patiently helped me learn aspects of the business that I wouldn’t have an opportunity to understand otherwise.

Feel free to reach out to me if you need any guidance/advice or access to resources that you are not able to find by yourself. I will be sure to revert to you within 24 hours. My email is sohin.shah@innovationalfunding.com

Boost your career this summer: Join Levo League!

Levo League: A Community for Young Professional Women

If you are a Gen-Y woman looking to enter the workforce, you may want to check out the latest resource for aspiring female professionals- Levo League.  This is a social good startup designed to elevate young women in the workforce by providing  FREE career resources to achieve personal and professional success. Their goal is to create a community where young  professional woman can find support and change the future of gender equality in the workforce.

Levo League offers weekly video chat sessions with an impressive roster of well-established mentors, including big names like Warren Buffet and Sheryl Sandberg.  They offer the chance for participants to hear about the mentor’s experience and even ask their most pressing career questions- without ever having to leave their desk.

Big names aside, if you are looking for another job board to supplement the NYU Wasserman Center’s impressive selection on NYU CareerNet, Levo League has a job board to help you find opportunities to build a career in New York and other Levo locations.  Job postings include industries such as consumer packaged goods, education, energy and renewables, fashion and design, hospitality, media and entertainment, medicine and healthcare, professional services, technology, and more!

These are just a few of the basic resources you will find on the Levo League wesbite.  If you are interested in joining a community of like-minded women, students, and mentors, go to the  Levo League Website to learn more and find out how you can get involved!

Align Passion with Profession: Join a Start-up

What is Startup Institute?
An 8 week immersive boot camp to gain the skills, network, and mindset for landing your dream job at a startup.

Startup Institute is unlike any form of education you have received. Our aim is to catapult you further and faster into a new career at a startup that aligns your passion with your profession. Through a hyperfocus on you as an individual we will elevate you to the next level. The program launches with a week long experience designed to inject you into the startup ecosystem, developing the relevant skills that will get you hired as a high impact employee at an early stage company. Some see these as ‘soft’ skills, but we and our hiring partners see these as the differentiating factor that makes you a major contributor to their company’s success.

94% of our grads are hired
140+ Founders, CEOs, and startup professionals as instructors
100s of hiring startups in our network
185 graduates in our alumni network

Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Join the information session on May 2nd at Phebe’s Bar and Tavern from 8 PM to 10 PM to learn more!

How to Get a Job at a Startup: Phase I

One of the most common questions I receive from budding entrepreneurs at NYU is ‘What’s the best way to get a job at a startup?‘ First of all, I love this question, because just 4 years ago, the question I heard most often was ‘What’s the best way to get a job as a banker or consultant?’ I’m so happy that the a large portion of the NYU community has set its sights beyond the corporate world, and I wanted to provide some insight on how to approach the startup job process.

I like to break the job search process in two phases:

Phase 1: Everything you do before you begin your formal job search process

Phase 2: The steps you take when you’re actively engaged in the hunt for the perfect startup job

This post is about Phase I:

There’s a multitude of ways you can prepare for the job search, and most of them should answer a simple question: ‘How can I make myself into the perfect startup employee?’ Four specific answers to this question are as follows:

1. Build internship experience

In general, the more experience you’ve had, the better. Note that I use the word ‘experience’, rather than ‘internships’. Quality is better than quantity. When we examine resumes, we look much more at the specific roles and responsibilities the applicant had, and even more importantly, what results they achieved in those roles. Far better to have had one job that gave you meaningful experience, then to have worked for several big name companies as a copy-making intern. Remember that your ‘experience portfolio’ matters far more than:

  • Your GPA
  • Your Coursework
  • Your Club/Leadership Activities
  • Your Volunteer Work

2. Build specific hard and soft skills

We’re always looking for interns that bring real skills to the table. It’s incredibly useful to have multi-talented people around in case we need a newsletter edited or a mockup created, or a report pulled from Google Analytics. The Microsoft Suite of tools is standard, and everyone has experience ‘using’ Facebook, Twitter, etc. but what harder skills can you build in your spare time? Sample skills include:

  • Hard Skills
    • Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
    • HTML & CSS
    • Coding languages: Java, PHP, Python, etc.
    • Prototyping Tools: Axure, iRise, Serena Protoype Composer
    • Analytics tools: Google Analytics, KissMetrics, Qualaroo
    • Email Service Providers: MailChimp, Constant Contact, SailThru
    • CRMs: SalesForce, Zoho
    • Customer Service: Zendesk, GetSatisfaction
    • Other Social Sites: Google+, WordPress, Tumblr
    • Online Advertising: Google Adwords, Facebook, Twitter
    • Outsourcing Tools:Amazon Mechanical Turk, Odesk
    • Credibility within online communities like Reddit, Hacker News, Github, Quora
    • Testing / QA
  • Soft(er) Skills (always backed up by work experience)
    • Phone/Inside Sales
    • Usability Testing
    • Writing

3. Have a powerful web presence

Nothing screams ‘not actually interested in the startup world’ than an applicant that has no online presence. With the multitude of sites available for public profiles & community engagement, if we can’t find you on the web, it’s hard to believe that you want work in tech full time. Here’s a list of sites you can use to beef up your web presence:

  • Start a blog. Tumblr is probably your best bet for this, but Blogger & WordPress are fine too
  • LinkedIn – critical to have a LinkedIn profile (more on this next)
  • Twitter – so mainstream now that it’s weird for people to not be on it
  • Quora – lets you flex your intellect a bit and show off your interests
  • Google+ – shows that you experiment with new media
  • About.Me – easy way to put all your online properties in one place
  • Pinterest – show your aesthetic taste in something
  • YouTube – blow us away with your own channel
  • Meetup – shows that face-to-face matters to you, and gives us a feeling for your interests

4. Network like crazy

Many students think of “networking” as a sleazy way of meeting people and trying to figure out what you can get from the, yet nothing could be further from the truth. While most of entrepreneurship is about being a ‘go-getter’, networking is about being a ‘go-giver’. It’s about taking a genuine interest in hearing the story and discovering the passions of every person you meet, and doing your very best to help them in any way you can. Donate your time, your ideas, your energy – think through your network about who might be helpful to them, and make the connection. Connection karma has a grand way of coming back to help you when you need it most.

Remember to add every person you meet as a connection on LinkedIn. Why? Well, eventually, you’ll identify people in the world that you want to meet, whether to ask them for advice, to try and form a business relationship, or to hire them. LinkedIn is the tool that tells you how you’re connected professionally to people, and the moment you see that someone is a mutual connection, you can ask for a strong introduction, which is the best way to meet anyone. The more connections you have, the more likely you are to know someone that knows the person who will change your life. Best of all, people with large networks are attractive to startups for the same reasons – they have a large pool of people to call on whenever the company needs help!

Want to join the Start-up community? Attend the NYU Start-Up Career Fair taking place today, April 11th, at NYU Poly from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM! To RSVP, click here!

Alright. Now so now you’ve invested the time in energy in being eminently employable.

Stay tuned for Part II of how to get a job at a startup…

Nihal Parthasarathi (NYU Stern ’08) is co-founder of CourseHorse, an online marketplace that helps people discover, compare and enroll in trusted local classes. CourseHorse partners with established providers of personal and professional classes (ranging from Spanish to cooking to continuing education) and centralizes their programs to make it easier for consumers to find classes and for professional educators to sell their seats. Previously, Nihal was an education technology consultant for Capgemini, where he worked to implement an LMS, redesign the website, and overhaul marketing for a major test-prep provider.

Guest Blog Post by ActionCam Founder: Karen Bhatia

Why would a Wall Street lawyer leave the law to build ActionCam, a tech start-up striving for social change? I ask, “Why not?”
ActionCam (www.iconnectworlds.com) is building an app that provides digests of trending public policy issues and real action steps the public can take in addressing them. Have you ever read the news and wondered “What can I do to help?” We help answer that. Our mission is to revolutionize the way we learn about our world and to empower collective action to solve our toughest problems.
As an attorney, I helped companies solve their toughest problems – representing them in litigations and also helping them raise hundreds of millions of dollars in capital and restructure billions of dollars of debt. I learned a lot from practicing law and from the incredibly smart team I worked with. But my public policy background always crept in and I was most fulfilled while working on issues of affordable housing, tribal economic development, empowering street children in Latin America, education, immigration, homelessness and anti-corruption. Brainstorming ways to apply business principles in developing innovative strategies for social change, I couldn’t escape the incredible impact of technology – mobile devices and the internet – in connecting people and resources all over the world. Building on crowdfunding and crowd-petitions, what would happen if the crowd learned about policy issues from one another and suggested ways in which the public could help solve our toughest global problems? ActionCam was born.
Here at ActionCam we strive to achieve the three P’s – Purpose, People, Passion. Purpose – working on something we really believe in. People – working with awesome people that we respect, that we can learn from and that we have a blast with. Finally, Passion – working on something that inspires us to work hard, think creatively and take initiative.
This is why I left practicing law and founded ActionCam.
Come join our movement.
Meet ActionCam at the NYU Start-Up Career Fair taking place at NYU Poly on April 11th from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM!To RSVP, click here!