Start Up Career Path

The Start Up Career Path

Welcome to the Startup Economy.  This course is dedicated to teach you the four biggest secrets of working in the startup economy and hopefully leveraging that to help you launch your own one day.

Program Details

A four part series online in real time with peer alumni.

August 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd
6:30-8:30 PM

Why Take This Course?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever said: “I’d love to work for a startup.”

It’s okay… you’re definitely not alone… in fact, startups have become the career choice for graduates across every major and college.

If you hope to one day work at a startup and maybe start your own, then this course is perfect for you. You’ll learn what startups and innovative companies are looking for, how to navigate the unusual hiring processes, and find out the “path” to leveraging your startup experience to one day start your own.

This course is dedicated to teach you the four biggest secrets of working in the startup economy and hopefully leveraging that to help you launch your own one day:


  1. Most Hiring Happens Outside of Cold Resumes. No, it’s probably not the best strategy to send a resume to or apply via the LinkedIn job posting.  Startups find the best talent from a combination of sources (sources you can learn how to leverage).
  2. Portfolios > Resumes. In the startup economy, it’s not where you’ve worked or where you went to school.  It’s what you’ve done, what you’ve created and how you demonstrate your expertise.  That’s what startups want.
  3. Being “Technical” Does Mean You Have to Code. Sure, most startups and innovative companies are looking for software developers and other technical hires, but if you aren’t a developer there are other ways you can showcase your “technical” skills that’ll separate you from your peers.
  4. You can be “Too Early.” Find a good startup stage to join is a little bit like Goldilocks – you can be too early and too late.  The goal is being “just right.”  It’s important to find a company at the right stage to hire people early in their careers.

In this short course, you’ll learn from Eric Koester, a serial entrepreneur who has raised venture capital from Kleiner Perkins, Floodgate, Felicis Ventures, Ashton Kutcher, Meg Whitman, Naval Ravikant, Chicago Ventures, Revolution, SV Angel and other funds. He has also been the Managing Director of local venture capital firm NextGen Venture Partners, and is today is a venture partner for the seed fund. In his startups Eric, has created and executed on sales and marketing campaigns that drove millions of downloads, users, customers and earned media appearances.

Eric has been a part of the startup scenes in San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Washington, DC, plus spent substantial time in cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Raleigh Durham, Atlanta and Chicago.  You’ll learn from Eric about what startups look for in their hires, how to navigate the complicated hiring maze, and the best companies to target for your skills.  You’ll also get exclusive access to Eric’s “Startup Career Path” assessment. Eric has been named the Entrepreneurship Professor of the Year at Georgetown and his courses are consistently some of the top rated on campus.  You can learn more about Eric at

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