As a company, we consider ourselves pretty transparent. We’re not afraid to say who is and isn’t the right fit for our program, we tell our students about company operations, and we want anyone to be able to ask us anything.
The spirit of transparency is something that’s shared from our founders to our current students, and everyone in between (staff, instructors, alumni, and partners). We know our program is non-traditional, so not surprisingly there will always be a few questions about what we do and how we do it. We don’t believe in stupid questions. In anticipation of the questions our Summer applicants might have, we want to share some resources that could come in handy.
Our Reddit “Ask Me Anythings”:
Work days are long. They’re even longer at Startup Institute where we learn that startup life means more work and less sleep than you previously thought possible. We balance partner projects, interviews, fireside chats, hard skill seminars, improv games, and more. Prioritization is the name of the game. Did I forget to mention the coffee chats? We’re tired (in a good way).
A perk of having sales students in the program? Our colleagues in the Sales and Account Management Track have been hard at work putting their skills to use in order to procure us a little solace on our journey. The first of these perks provided by our sales team came just in time, secured by the indefatigable Mamta Parakh. After days of eager anticipation, FoodtoEat rolled into our office with an array of cookies. The thing is, these weren’t any normal cookies. They were cupcake cookies.
Aspiring founders and entrepreneurs gathered at 1871 on March 31st to hear from a panel of experienced starters including: Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871 & Managing Partner at G2T3V, Eric Olsen, Early Stage VC at Origin Ventures, Shreena Amin, COO at PrettyQuick, with Jason Henrichs, Managing Director at Startup Institute moderating the discussion.
The walls were broken down on the glitz and glamour of startup life that evening as the panel encouraged entrepreneurs and founders to look past the stories of startups that sold for billions. Instead, the discussion revealed the grit, years of hard work and sometimes pain that was associated with turning an idea into a reality.
Turns out startups can actually ball pretty hard. Just because we know how to A/B test, doesn’t mean we can’t make some 3 pointers! Case in point, Raise the Rim last Friday, January 4, 2014.
Presented by Startup Institute Chicago, the three on three, charity basketball tournament unites the local startup community around some healthy competition. It gives startup founders, employees, and advocates the opportunity to celebrate their shared interests of building innovative businesses while raising money for a good cause. Started in Boston in 2012, the idea of basketball for charity is catching on.
A big shout out to the teams who participated this year:
As head of product design at Constant Contact and an instructor at the Startup Institute, I am involved at both the beginning and end of students’ journeys through the curriculum. I am given the opportunity to educate those in the program on product design and strategy, and then work alongside the alumni that find their way to Constant Contact.
Because of my unique position, I have come to appreciate so much of what the Startup Institute offers, and over the years I have seen first-hand core qualities students develop that make them particularly successful in their new workspaces.
Those qualities are: versatility, experience, and the ability to make an immediate impact.