How is founding a startup looked upon on a resume?

Amazon catowayne
Dec 2, 2018 10 Comments

If you try to start a startup and fail, but learn a lot by doing mobile, backend, ml, etc; Is this still looked upon as years of experience on a resume?

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  • Founding a startup? You mean being an entrepreneur who showed leadership, perseverance, dedication and commitment to follow a dream?

    Fail or success is secondary but what counts is the effort.
    Dec 2, 20180
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    If you are founding a startup only for the sake of making your resume looks better, it doesn’t sound right.
    Dec 2, 20182
    • Amazon catowayne
      OP
      It’s not about making the resume better. Just hopefully having something to show for your years in your career, in the likely case that you fail after a couple years.
      Dec 2, 2018
    • Uber / EngWizK
      Exactly^. It’s a very valid question to be asking
      Dec 2, 2018
  • Google / MgmtLovedoo
    It depends at what stage did it fail. But generally it shows entrepreneurial skills, an ability to take risks. What’s more important is how you learn from your experience. Also what problem you were trying to solve and why you failed.
    Dec 2, 20181
    • Amazon catowayne
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      I’m mostly concerned with pre-funding or just seed funding stages. I think almost everyone would be impressed with getting Series A funding even if it goes under.
      Dec 2, 2018
  • Uber / EngWizK
    Good question. As others pointed out I also believe the answer will be that it’ll look good on your resume. Especially if you will be able to brag about some milestone like X users, X funding, or X revenue or partnerships/technical achievement.

    I’m 4 months into working on a starting a startup full-time myself. If it fails, I imagine it’ll be the top experience I’ll brag about in interviews with big tech companies, more so than my time at Uber probably
    Dec 2, 20180
  • Generally good but have a mature narrative about why it failed, what you would do differently, etc...
    Dec 2, 20180
  • Sprint lxCy58
    Yeah sure, I’d say it’s a plus to list that experience. It shows your entrepreneurial spirit which can help you stand out from other code monkeys.
    Dec 2, 20180
  • COOQIT legaloffer
    My experience. It is bullshit. Does not count for anything. Even if you had 2 rounds of funding and had a decent user base. All the blogs and posts will tell you it’s great to have an experience of failing - but it’s not true. If you fail no one will value that.

    Unless - unless you worked for pedigree orgs (FANG) before your startup.

    If you didn’t no one will care. Not other startups and not FANG for sure.

    But there is a silver lining - you will build many relationships while you build your company - those relationships will be the most valuable thing and will help you massively in your next career step.
    Jan 70

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