If someone makes a hiring decision based on my NH karma score or # of twitter followers, I don't want to work there.
This is because it shows:
- They care enough about what they do to do it in their off hours.
- They do it well enough to gather some respect.
- "Marketing" is much easier, and much less distasteful, when it can be done by and to people who respect each other about things they genuinely like. And start ups need all the marketing help they can get.
There are only a few people out there who have skill sets that are so unique that there isn't someone just like them who also has a valuable on-line reputation.
I'm certainly not a special snowflake, and I'm a domain expert in three fields. I meet people who are better than me all the time.
Are you sure you are one of the ~500 people in the world who are so good that only their specialist knowledge matters? Or should you think that every asset you can bring, no matter how seemingly unrelated to your job description, adds something to a start up that may help them succeed.
I guess being in an MBA program myself means I know the realities of the system, so maybe these articles aren't for me, but all the same...
I find some of his advises interesting, especially proposing your own internship project.
However, I strongly disagree with him just dissing a person who wants to get involved and is willing to do "anything". I really would like an MBA like that. One, who is willing to learn, take on projects beyond his/her comfort zone, make a contribution where it is needed. That person, IMO, is almost an entrepreneur, as s/he is taking a risk, which most other MBAs aren't.
Saying "I'll do anything" doesn't make the MBA-intern clueless, rather makes him a lot more motivated and open-minded about his career and future path.
Just for example, imagine a Product Manager/Marketing person who can actually do QA and comes up with product vision after playing with a product, rather than just doing surveys. Imagine an HR person who would actually work with the Dev/QA to understand the company culture, as it grows, rather than just follow the path that has been laid out before him/her. Etc...
Edit: I take criticism very well and would love to learn the fallacy of my argument. If you do decide to downvote me, please do but I'd love to understand why.
When you say "I'll do anything", I hear: "I'll do anything that you want me to do"
That's the problem. I don't want to spend more time figuring out shit for you to do than you spend actually doing it.
I would rather hear you say: "I'd be willing to do anything, but I know that I could really help with ________"
Could anyone summarize the core insights they got from their business education?
Great. That's all we need... more unsolicited SEO "improvements".
Overall, I agree that there is very little application for MBA framework in a startup environment. If nothing else, the MBA candidate should be put in charge of closing some sales.
Not very humble....
When you see something that is wrong, there are two possibilities - it's actually wrong or you are.
Even if it's wrong, your analysis may not add any value even if it's completely correct. For example, better SEO may be 9th on their list of priorities and they only have resources for the top 5.
It's not about you.