Upskilling when you’re an early-stage employee at a startup

I’ve spoken to a couple of people over the past few days about something hadn’t thought about till now. 

These thoughts turned into this post when I read Steve Blank’s article on the Angel.co blog about the role of early employees in an early-stage startup and how the skills acquired during the early days will be irrelevant as the company scales to the next level.

I’ve thought about this a while – since I joined the founding team at Global App Testing, a lot has changed and I’ve had to keep growing my skill set in order to grow. 

I plan to stay hungry and keep learning new skills so I don’t become irrelevant. While this is a challenge, there are a few things I know I can do:

  1. Realise that what has got me here, won’t get me there
  2. Stay humble and seek out mentors
  3. Keep upskilling 

In the interest of #2, if anyone reading this has any advice for me or that I can pass onto anyone else, please let me know!

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Author: Fahim Sachedina

I like technology, startups and building things. fahimsachedina.com

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