(serious) How do people get advisory roles in a startup?

Celo HIfm56
Jul 2 11 Comments

Quite a few of my colleagues have at least one but I have not been able to ask them. How does one go about getting an advisory role at a startup?

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  • Facebook / Mgmt vjuiu
    For starters, by having the courage to ask the hard questions to people's faces like how do you get an advisory role at startups.
    Jul 2 0
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Those who can’t do, advise
    Jul 2 0
  • New WFyl41
    Work at Albersons
    Jul 2 0
  • New / Eng soylatte
    Lots of people can get one. I could take a vagrant of the street take a headshot and call him an advisor. Truth is most startup teams and advisors are a fucking joke. If you really want to advise a startup you must have a track record of making hard decisions, adapting understanding life and experiencing everything a new founder will likely experience. If you don't have these experiences like the majority of advisors your going to end up being a clown.
    Jul 7 1
    • Oath Atinlay2
      A clown who asked on Blind how to become advisor
      Jul 7
  • New / Mgmt
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    In terms of compensation how does a relationship of an advisor and a startup can be set up while the advisor is already working for a larger company and only wanting to help as an advisor on a part-time basis?
    Jul 7 0
  • New MWzG54
    Assuming you are talking about meeting the startup in the first place where the relationship could develop:

    #1, get connected to their investors or potential investors

    #2, publicly advertise you’re an expert in what they’re looking for
    Jul 7 0
  • Accenture dfghja
    if you are an "expert" in a particular field which that product offers or trying to solve

    for example, the founder of
    https://www.vividcortex.com baron schwatz is a big fan of neil gunther and made references to USL (universal scalability law) in their product. so neil became an advisor to vouch for their methods. on the other hand adrian cockroft is their seed investor, having both money and strong tech background (former director of web engineering in netflix) he was offered a board seat and also an advisor.

    if you look at their website now you'll not find that info. so i guess as the company goes to new rounds of funding as an advisor you can be kicked out. and the percentage of the company they give you is so small anyway.
    Jul 2 0
  • New / Eng
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    It is always a transactional relationship. Are you an expert in that particular field that your direction or advise is valuable OR will your personal brand name give tactical benefit to the startup?

    IMO first start volunteering in some startup eco system orgs and try to help startups genuinely. Eventually startups are going to approach themselves for advisory roles.
    Jul 6 0
  • New / Mgmt
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    The fact that you say serious makes people not be wanting to be so serious!!!

    Why would you even say "serious" .
    Jul 2 0
  • Facebook public2
    You are an investor or part of investor firm.
    Jul 2 0