Be a Startup Superstar

Book description

Find a job and quickly climb the ranks at a tech startup, even if you’re not a techie.

Are you underemployed or struggling to find a fulfilling career? Stuck on a low rung of the corporate ladder and don’t see a way up anytime soon? You’re not alone. Like many recent college grads and people who feel stuck in their corporate jobs, you’ve probably never considered working for a technology company that’s just starting out, especially if you’re not a tech whiz. That doesn’t matter. Tech startups are desperate for talent and creativity in all kinds of fields from people with leadership skills and new ideas—people like you!

If you’re looking to turn your general business know-how into a wildly successful career, Be a Startup Superstar is your guide. Yes, you can love your work, feel energized by your role, and earn the income of your dreams. Author Steven Mark Kahan left his safe corporate job to join his first tech startup, and since then he has helped seven startup companies sell or go public (meaning early employees usually score big). In this breakthrough book, Steve shows you how to:

  • Look for five key traits when choosing a tech startup
  • Get hired at a tech startup with your existing degree, skills, and experience
  • Develop the leadership attributes and entrepreneurial mindset that can launch you to the top
  • Make better decisions and get better outcomes in the tech startup world and beyond

Be a Startup Superstar provides the expert insider guidance you need to ignite your career by joining the tech startup revolution.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Foreword: What Are You Waiting For? It’s Time to Change the World!
  3. Introduction
  4. Part I: The Best Opportunities Are in Start‐Ups
    1. Chapter 1: Use the Tech Start‐Up Boom to Zoom
      1. The Unprecedented Opportunity in Tech Start‐Ups
      2. Why Work for a Start‐Up Over a Big Corporation?
      3. Notes
    2. Chapter 2: Pick the Right Start‐Up for You
      1. How to Find Start‐Up Opportunities
      2. Five Criteria to Choose a Start‐Up
      3. Getting Hired
      4. Notes
  5. Part II: Seven Keys to the C‐Suite
    1. Chapter 3: Develop Your Leadership Skills and Self‐Confidence
      1. Visualize Your Success Until It's Real
      2. Use “Co‐Opetition” and Competition to Stand Out
      3. Become an Expert and a Constant Learner
      4. Develop Strong Communication Skills
      5. Embrace Accountability
      6. Show Humility
      7. Believe in Yourself
      8. Notes
    2. Chapter 4: Stand Out from the Herd
      1. Differentiate Yourself
      2. Ask More Questions
      3. Take Calculated Risks and Challenge the Status Quo
      4. Find the Courage to Make Tough Decisions
      5. Call Out the Elephant in the Room
      6. Be Known as an Idea Person Who Executes
      7. Notes
    3. Chapter 5: Act Like a Leader (Even If You Don't Have the Title Yet)
      1. Set Clear, Inspiring Goals
      2. Everything Can't Be a High Priority
      3. Create Order Out of Chaos
      4. Make Fact‐Informed Gut Decisions
      5. Earn Your Stripes
      6. Notes
    4. Chapter 6: Adopt Winning Work Habits
      1. Work Hard without Feeling Overworked
      2. Show You Know Your Customers
      3. Be Part of the Solution
      4. Pay Attention to Details (without Being a Control Freak)
      5. Add Value Through Simplicity
      6. Persist and Be Patient
      7. Notes
    5. Chapter 7: Choose Carefully the Company You Keep
      1. Surround Yourself with A‐Plus Talent
      2. Find the Right Mentors
      3. Know When to Stay and When to Go
      4. Notes
    6. Chapter 8: Embrace the Power of Kindness
      1. Walk in Others' Shoes
      2. Say Thank You and Mean It
      3. Create Fun and Joy
      4. Exude Energy and Optimism
      5. Notes
    7. Chapter 9: Take Care of What Matters
      1. Protect Your Calendar
      2. Put Your Family First
      3. Make Health and Fitness a Priority
      4. Live Life to the Fullest
      5. Notes
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. About the Author
  8. Index
  9. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Be a Startup Superstar
  • Author(s): Steven Kahan
  • Release date: December 2019
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781119660408