With Facebook recently acquiring messaging service WhatsApp for a record $19 Billion, many people are clamoring to become a crucial member of the next tech startup to make waves. If you are a tech wiz, if you have the business sense of a Gates, Jobs of Dell, or if you consider yourself gifted in the ways of both technology and business, you’re in luck. The following are some very realistic avenues you can pursue to get involved in technology start-ups just like you’ve always dreamed of doing.
What Do You Have to Offer?
Keep in mind that if you hope to get involved in technology start-ups, you must first be prepared to demonstrate that you have what it takes to succeed. Tech managers and head hunters are looking for the best of the best. The technology start-ups that you come across and all the people who make the decisions behind the startups are not merely going to take your word for it. They want to know that you have the training, experience and know-how to take any idea and morph that idea into a best-selling app or service that people all over the world will gladly pay for or otherwise use.
You can improve your odds of being picked up by a tech start-up by polishing up your resume, portfolio and by gathering testimonials, reviews and referral letters from dignitaries in your field. Once you have all of that information compiled, here are the steps to follow to get involved in technology start-ups once and for all.
Letting Headhunters Come to You
There are essentially three methods for getting involved in the latest tech start-ups. The first is passive and involved setting the bait and letting tech managers and headhunters come to you. It is best to place your bait – which is your resume, portfolio and the testimonials we just referred to – at locations that you know those behind the latest technology start-ups will frequent. A good place to start is a site like Elance, Odesk or both.
Freelance websites like the ones mentioned above are perfect for letting those who matter know that you are ready to get involved in technology start-ups. Create your profile on one or more sites and mention technology start-ups whenever possible. If your skills fit and the right people happen to stumble across your profile, you never know what position you might earn or what tech start-up you might become a part of.
Going After What You Want
The second primary method for attempting to get involved in technology start-ups is to bid for jobs on the aforementioned freelance websites and by contacting people that you know are involved in the hottest technology start-ups of our day. Social networks allow you to get up close and personal with pretty much anyone. If you hear of a start-up in the news that you would like to work for, it won’t hurt a thing to find those managers on Facebook or Twitter for the purposes of contacting them to inquire about a position. You never know when the perfectly timed social media PM might lead to your dream job becoming a reality.
The third way to become involved with the latest technology start-ups is to become known in your filed as a go-to person of technology and business. Start a blog to showcase your knowledge, speak to other like-minded people on social networks and attend conferences where you know tech startup managers and headhunters might be. Let everyone know that you want to work for a tech-startup and your networking may in fact pay off.
You now have three ways to get involved in technology start-ups. To improve your odds even further, put all three methods into practice right now. Set your bait on popular freelancing sites letting hiring managers know if your intensions, go after what you want by applying for jobs and by contacting higher-ups in the industry and, finally, network like it’s going out of style. If everyone knows that you’re interested in becoming the next tech whiz-kid, the rest should all just fall into place. Then, who knows, you might become part of the next start-up to be picked up by Facebook or other social network for billions of dollars. The only thing to wonder now is, what on earth are you going to do with all of that money? Put these steps into action in the meantime and keep pondering the money question so that you’re more than ready to spend it when that time comes.