The other night I was having dinner with friends and talking about things I been doing, like attending Meetup events, learning more about Lean Startup principles, #DCtech, datelytics, and the whole startup culture. As the conversation continued, they became more interested in the startup scene and wanted to learn more.
I started thinking of my first time in the startup scene and remembered how difficult it was to figure everything out without a guide, even though there was tons of information out there. Yet that’s the problem: so much info with articles being too broad or detailed, and you want the basic idea so you can go out to a meetup and not look like a fool. Well here are a few tips to before you jump into the deep end:
- Google the Lean Startup movement. You will hear this term a lot when attending events, conversations and wantrepreneurs talking about it.
- Sign up for Startup Digest. This website curates a lot of news about local startups and big named companies.
Learn to love coffee. After connecting with new people at networking events, you will most likely converge at coffee shops. If you are already a coffee lover, perfect!
- Identify the ‘Startup Ambassadors’ in your community. Learn the big names of the startup community of your area. They will help you get settled in, give a few pointers, connect you with Angel investors or VC (yes, those are two very different kinds of investors), and whatever resources they can provide.
- Read a butt load of articles. If you’re one of those ‘I have to read a lot so that I know what people are talking about’, then checkout a few web sites like Mashable, Venturebeat, Techcrunch, Inc or whatever catches your interest. They give so much info, your brain will be on overload.
- Create an Angel List account. Another venue to get your startup fix. Think of this as the LinkedIn of the startup world with the ability to invest in a company.
- Finally attend Meetup events. Look at the startup Meetup groups in your area, and bring a wing person if you like.
Hope these tips help you get plugged into the wonderful world of startups.