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West Coast Tech Startups [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2011, 12:49
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I'm interested in working in a technology startup on the West Coast. Does anyone have suggestions on startups that hire MBA interns?
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Re: West Coast Tech Startups [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2011, 12:42
When you say start-up I assume you aren't talking about Facebook, Zynga, etc. You're talking about the companies with 10 people packed in basement?

If so, the answer is network, network, network. Talk to Duke alums in the industry. Most of the small start-ups don't post jobs, they have a need and they use their network to find someone to fill the position.

Another option is to look at the portfolio companies for the tech-focused VCs (they will be listed on their websites). If something interests you, contact the VC guy and tell him that you're interested in interning for one of his portfolio companies (he'll be relieved you aren't asking for a VC job).

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Re: West Coast Tech Startups [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 08:12
Follow up question on the topic of West Cost Tech startups.
For someone that doesn't have a comp/eng background, would a dual masters (comp sci/mba) make a difference?
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Re: West Coast Tech Startups [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2011, 13:27
usually startups need people with specific traits to add lots of value from the get go...there's very little room to "train" somebody unless they have enough cushion (both time & money) to do so. if a dual degree allows you to be more attractive for the specific startups you're looking at, i don't think it's a bad idea.
Re: West Coast Tech Startups   [#permalink] 15 Mar 2011, 13:27
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