“Do whatever it takes”: Startup Institute Alumni Advice

Startup Institute Summer 2012 Alumni

When you start something new it’s helpful to hear from those who’ve done it. I created a video where alumni from the Summer 2012 class give one piece of advice to new students. Watch it here:



Or you can read their advice:


Kerrie: “Be creative. So, no matter who you are, what your track is, wherever you’re going after this, you’re all selling your skills and what you have to offer and who you are. Every step of the way you should be thinking about what makes you unique and how to convey that to each and every person you meet, each and every company that you’re looking at, each and every opportunity that you’re pursuing. Because that is your brand, that is what you’re putting out there and that’s how you’re going to get where you want to go.”


Alejandro: “Do whatever it takes. Don’t turn down that opportunity to go to a networking event. I don’t drink coffee but I had a lot of coffee while I was at Boston Startup School.”


Dean: “You’re going come to a point where you’re going to be really frustrated and be like, ‘My god why am I going to this event? I just went to like 4 last week…my brain is fried…I don’t want to talk to anyone….THIS SUCKS!’ Take a day, or two, before you go to your next one. But don’t let that fear like “Oh my god, I fell behind”…don’t let that stop you from getting back on the warpath to meeting these people and finding what you want.”


Ian: “Take the advice of everyone that comes through here. Take it with a grain of salt but also make it yours too. Because everyone will tell you conflicting things and it’s yours to pick and choose.”


Sara: “I would say don’t forget to have fun. I know that being with these guys through the 8 weeks, I got just a ton out of the off hours stuff that we did when you’re not in super serious mode and like learning and thinking about your career. You go out and have fun, you learn a ton then too and don’t even realize it.”

I hope this post helps you get the most out of your Startup Institute experience!

Bonus: the Startup Institute on Pinterest (includes books, speakers, alumni and things to do around Boston)


— Video credits —

Created by: Sean Laurence (@onwithsean)

With help from: Ben Mirin (@benmirin), Ivan Sifrim (@ivansifrim)

Music: “YEAH YEAH” by Telephunken