How to Get a Job at a Startup

Itching to break into the startup scene? Our CTO Aaron White knows what that’s like. He co-founded Boundless and before that served as CTO at DK Pictures and senior software engineer at Mindreef. At our most recent Boundless Networking Night, Aaron gave local students from Babson, Northeastern, and more the three most important tips on how to make it big in startups.

1. Positioning: Set yourself apart from everyone else.

To cut through the noise from other job applicants or eager beavers, you need to have a specific goal in mind and a unique angle to get you noticed. Tell the startup why you’re the best fit for them. Make your cover letter the absolute best it can be to match your end goal.

2. Presence: If we can’t find you online, you don’t exist.

What shows up when you Google your name (or in some cases, you name plus your city)? If nothing about you is on the first page of results consider it’s time to beef up your online presence. Keep your social profiles like LinkedIn, GitHub, Dribbble, and Twitter up-to-date.

3. People: Network the right way.

It’s easy to ask a reputable entrepreneur to grab coffee and chat for 20 minutes, but that won’t guarantee you a meeting. Why? Because coffee is cheap, time is not. If you want to network with the right people in startups give them a reason to spend 20 minutes with you, such as, “I’m a student at Babson and I’ve been using Boundless for class. I’d love to meet with you and give some feedback.”

Bonus: Know what to read.

Put these books on your required reading list:

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
4 Steps to the Epiphany by Steven Blank

For more tips, watch Aaron’s talk in its entirety here.

Or check out his slides.


Have any questions? Ask us on twitter @GoBoundless! Hope to see you at the next Boundless Networking Night.