How can I prove myself when trying to achieve ambitous goals?
I'm currently developing an MVP for a startup of mine and will be applying to some accelerators near the summer. How can I prove myself when trying to achieve such a goal while just being a HS senior? #software #internship
If you are looking to move directly into your career, this will be the first of many learning opportunities.
As you apply to accelerators, remember to emphasize the value of your MVP can bring:
1. Does your MVP satisfy the users' emotional concerns? Does it make someone's life better or solve a business challenge?
2. Is your MVP logical? Does it improve margins or drive efficiencies? Look at cost benefit analysis (CBA).
Remember to set your goals as a waypoint, and then go about falling in love with the (often iterative) process of making those goals a reality.
The experience of having a project of your own is very rewarding let alone a startup.
Regardless of the result of this venture make sure to take stock at the end of it, on what you learnt, your wins, losses and mistakes. This will help you understand yourself better in the context of the process and gauge yourself.
Any such experience is a stepping stone.
In the interview for VMWare(Final year of Undergad), my interviewer asked me the one thing I did during my undergraduate that was unique and showed my capabilities.
I cited an exercise from summer after the second year, where I had used the knowledge from Cryptography MOOC I had taken of my own interest in that year to reverse engineer the obfuscation an android multi language dictionary app had used to retrieve a dictionary between two languages I needed for the project I had been working on.
The Cipher had been Vignere and my learnings in Java (from 1st year) and Crypto(2nd year MOOC) came together for me to achieve this goal.
I have also had the same question during my last two years at work. Although I have not been able to innovate the way I wanted from myself, with my team as bootstraps fast in projects, keeps tabs on projects across product, shows ownership and helps out whoever he can, whenever he can. (Take this with a grain of salt, since we don't always know ourselves that good :D)
Abhishek recommends the following next steps:
If you have the right answers to these questions, then you can proceed analysing the solution you want to give to this problem: which are the mandatory features that your MVP needs to have? Which are the others that could delight your customers? Etc...
Doing this exercise properly, you will prove your value to any stakeholder interested in your project.
First off, you should know that you're doing much better job than other HS students. Trying to get MVP for a startup starting at young age is proving your grit and determination. I am very sure if you keep your hard work consistently, you'll be able to get an internship.
From my experience, people like to hear story, so if you could package your experience starting from the problem statements you are trying to address with this product you built and continue with challenges you faced and how you overcame them. That'll make the listeners gain some empathy and that's how you engage them and prove your values.
Practice on storytelling; how you package the whole experience is also a skill that'll take you further.
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