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How To Move From Finance to a Tech Startup

Everything I Wish I'd Known When I Moved From Goldman Sachs to HowAboutWe
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Created by Kate Huyett
Last updated 8/2013
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of the course, you'll know everything I wish I'd known about moving to a startup
Be able to navigate the startup hiring process effectively
Have a resume that will resonate with a startup
Network effectively with people in tech
Rock your interview
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I spent five years in finance before moving to work at a tech startup based in NYC.  The recruiting process in tech is very different, and this presentation shares everything I wish I'd known when I was making the move, including:

How to think about what I was looking for

How to approach startups

Whether or not I should be active on social media

Interviewing tips

The course is set of 5 video lectures that will take about an hour to complete, plus supplementary reading materials.

I'm hoping to continue adding to the course over time so if you have questions that aren't addressed please let me know and I'll add video responses to them.

By the end of the class you should have a clear sense of your next steps in making the move from finance to tech.

Who is the target audience?
  • People in finance, consulting or other similarly corporate jobs who are looking to move to a startup
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 8 Lectures Collapse All 8 Lectures 45:35
How To Move From Finance to a Tech Startup
1 Lecture 02:29
A bit about my background - what I studied, what I did in finance, my path to a startup, and my experience since I got there.
Preview 02:29
What Are The Biggest Differences Between Finance & Tech Hiring
1 Lecture 04:42
There are some major differences between how startups hire and how banks hire that you should be aware of, as they'll impact how you think about making this move.
Preview 04:42
Now What?
3 Lectures 26:09
The startup universe can feel infinite - here are some questions to ask yourself that will focus your search and help you hone in on (and get!) what you're looking for.
Preview 08:25

Now you've thought stuff through and you know what you're going after. Here are specific next steps to take.
Preview 08:42

Advice on how to reach out to the startups you're interested in/people you want to network with, tips for the interview process, and a few mistakes to avoid.
Preview 09:02
1 Lecture 07:02
2 Lectures 05:13
About the Instructor
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VP of Acquisition, Retention & Revenue at

Kate joined HowAboutWe in November 2010.  Since then, she has helped to build and lead HowAboutWe’s acquisition team, expanding our strategy from a single channel to an integrated, multi-channel approach with increasing scale and positive return on investment. In addition to acquisition, she works closely with the CEOs and CFO around financial modeling.

Prior to joining HowAboutWe, she worked at Goldman Sachs in Debt Capital Markets, advising consumer, retail, and healthcare corporations.  She began her career at Forrester Research, where she studied how technology changes impacted business.

An active participant in the NYC startup community, Kate has taught User Acquisition Marketing at General Assembly and How To Transition From Finance to Tech through Skillshare.  Kate earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Geography & Economics, and spent ten days at Wharton Business School before dropping out to pursue a career in tech startups. She is an avid reader, passionate about food, wine, and travel.

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