AGL 135: Be a Startup Superstar with Steven Kahan

About Steven

Be A Startup Superstar

Steve is a serial entrepreneur that has had great success moving from the corporate world early in his career to the startup world. He will share lessons learned in over 30 years for how young professionals or those that feel stuck in the corporate world can earn a great living doing what they love by igniting their career in a technology startup.

Steven Mark Kahan has successfully helped to grow six start-up companies from early-stage development to going public or being sold, resulting in more than $3 billion in shareholder value. He is currently CMO at Thycotic, which will become the seventh.

Steve inspires teams and their organizations to take on the impossible and succeed. He has just written a book published by Wiley and Audible and available on Amazon.com  called “Be a Startup Superstar.  The book teaches those graduating college and young professionals how to earn a great living doing what they love by igniting their career at a tech startup.


Today We Talked  About

  • Getting Started with Startups
  • Startup vs. Corporate environments
  • How to get a job with a Startup
  • How to be prepared for an interview
    • Embrace accountability
    • Good Communicators (Communication for Geeks)
    • “We” people vs. “I” people
    • Hard workers
    • Attention to Details
    • Persistent
  • Questions to ask before joining a startup
    • Why is now the time for your company to exists
    • What milestones have you achieved
    • What do you love about your team
    • Why is this company the one to solve the problem
    • Where will your growth come from
    • Tell me about your 1st paying customer
    • How much has your company raised?
    • who are your investors
    • If you weren’t building a startup what would you be doing?
  • Negotiate
    • Salary, Education, Equity, Growth, etc.
  • Being a Superstar at a Startup
    • No substitute for Hard Work
    • Less people doing impactful things
    • Don’t fear making wrong decisions
    • Challenge the status quo
    • Growth Requires Change
    • Acknowledge the elephant in the room
    • Exude Positive Energy and Optimism
    • Don’t Sweat the small stuff
  • To be at your best, you must live at your best
    • Put family first
    • Defend your calendar

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