So I’ve heard many people at BITS Pilani tell me why they don’t want to startup now but would do it later (post an MBA/MS/work-ex), and usually it is because they feel that having an MBA/MS/work-ex would make it easier for them to get back on track if the startup were to bomb.
Not only is that a horrible thought to start a company on, I feel it’s not true either, so I have listed down 6 tangible skills which I have personally learnt and you probably will too if you end up doing an internet startup that would make you highly employable if you ever chose to be employed later.
1. Managing yourself
One of the biggest learnings from doing a startup is that I have learnt to discipline myself and manage my targets and deadlines without anyone doing that for me – I make to do lists, I set up calls with my mentors once every 15 days to discuss goals and timelines and I force myself to mail my team mates about what I do everyday to bring in self accountability and to keep them all updated on the progress. Trust me, this skill will make you invaluable to anyone else you will ever work with.
2. Managing a team
It’s a fine line between managing people and becoming down right annoying and you hit your sweet spot only with experience, doing a startup will give you that experience and this is again a skill that any sane company will value.