Excerpt: "SO you want to be a writer. Or an artist. Or to open a cupcake shop. What you’ll hear, often, is that you should pursue your dream. Follow your passion. Quit your job and live the life you want."
Not from me, but from this guy. The question is, "Should I join Microsoft or a start-up?" His answer isn't the usual one you might expect to hear from a tech entrepreneur which might go along the lines of, "Of COURSE, you should join the start-up, why would you join a mammoth giant?" He says one-size-fits-all answers are:
Rubbish. It's possible to go in any direction as long as you are clear what your own goals are. In fact, there are distinct advantages of working for someone like Microsoft or Google first.
Correct. Note that he's not saying one shouldn't start one's own company. He himself is an entrepreneur now. What he is saying is that it's definitely possible to start one's own company a little later in one's career after having worked a few years at a larger firm. In many ways, this may actually optimize the chances of your start-up succeeding. This isn't true for ALL founders of ALL start-ups in ALL fields, but it's certainly true in many cases.
Do your homework and decide what works best in your case. Cookie-cutters work best for cutting cookies.
All I will add is, if you have or anyone else you know has the start-up bug, please nourish it, don't stamp it out :)
Looking to hire technical writers (product documentation and some marketing material), QA and testing personnel, and pre-sales engineers for an established yet fast-growing software company in Singapore. Great opportunity for future entrepreneurs.
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We are seeking to hire an associate to join our South Asia venture capital team. The actual title will depend on the profile of the candidate eventually chosen.
Entry-level investments role but with considerable responsibility, exposure to C-level executives and prospects for growth
Work across the entire spectrum of investment activity including market analysis, evaluation of investment opportunities, preparing investment proposals, driving legal completion of transactions, reporting on portfolio companies and assisting on exits
Report to the head of the South Asia team covering India and South-East Asia
Based in Singapore with some travel
The ideal candidate:
Undergrad or greater qualifications in engineering, science or related technical disciplines
Good commercial awareness gained via work experience of 2-5 years
Basic understanding of financial statements; MBA welcome but not necessary
Strong cultural understanding of India
Highly self-motivated, comfortable with ambiguity and exceptional at time management
Good sense of humour!
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High-growth firm seeks salesperson with telecom background. Must be a self-starter with minimum ten years of experience and extensive contacts with telecom operators in Asia and/or other emerging markets. Channel partners will also be considered. Attractive upside offered including commissions and ESOP. No recruiters pls.
For all my friends who've asked (and who seem to think I'm some kind of banker!), here's an article by Mohanjit Jolly, head of Draper Fisher Jurvetson India. He explains what the life of a VC is really like--it's no glamour job. Although I'm relatively new to venture capital, I'm fortunate to have a level of responsibility (but not the compensation!) approaching that of a more senior person due to a fortuitous confluence of circumstances, so I can personally identify with nearly everything in the article.
Remember, he's deliberately focusing on some of the more difficult aspects of the job. There are lots of ways the job brings great intellectual satisfaction as well. So don't ask me "why are you still doing this job?" after you read the article!
Great article! Why to Not Not Start a Startup, writes Paul Graham.
Great read for anyone that earns a living, not just for entrepreneurs. Couple quotes:
If you're too inexperienced to start a startup, what you should do is start one.
To almost everyone except criminals, it seems an axiom that if you need money, you should get a job. Actually this tradition is not much more than a hundred years old. Before that, the default way to make a living was by farming. It's a bad plan to treat something only a hundred years old as an axiom.
Expressed unexpectedly like that, it does set one thinking.
we’re looking for someone (maybe you) who really knows how to use Web 2.0 and Facebook and blogs and social media and YouTube and all sorts of good stuff like that — to tell the world about our wines and the place where we live: the Sonoma County Wine Country
say the folks at the Murphy-Goode Winery in California. Applications due June 5th, 2009.
And here I am plugging their message for them at no charge!
A Singapore-based investor is looking for someone with an understanding of biometrics. Needs some input for a portfolio company. If interested in finding out more, leave a comment here with your email address and I'll put you in touch.
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