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May 18, 2022

A guide on how to get into the tech world without feeling like a total stranger

The tech world can look and feel open and inclusive but if you are planning to become a tech entrepreneur or want to get a job in tech, the industry can be tricky.
Estefanía Giraldo
Estefanía Giraldo

 Perhaps you’ve been trying for a while to get to know tech people but aren’t getting anywhere or you are struggling to meet funders? We’ve compiled some handy resources and tips for you to stand out and get what you are looking for.  

Firstly, before diving into the details, it’s important to know that tech is huge and you need to give yourself some time to get into it. This is a process that won’t happen overnight. 

Build your network

Building your network is really important. You never know who could be your next boss or funder or even friend. Ask people for advice, ask them about their journey, how they got into tech and what they do in their day job. 

If you feel nervous about doing this alone, ask a friend to join or find someone who can mentor you. Linkedin is filled with people who are willing to help and share their experience. Not into Linkedin? Maybe Twitter can help too! 

Here are some good places to network: 

  • Scroll through Meetup. It’s a platform where people post the events they are organizing. Tons of them are related to tech. You can find online and in-person events. 
  • Attend tech conferences and job fairs and get talking with people! Grab a coffee or a beer and join the crowd. These events usually have networking times or coffee breaks.
  • There are many online tech schools that may help you improve your skills while meeting new people who are interested in the same things you are. 
  • Go to a coworking space. This might be an expensive option but you might pay for a couple of days and see how it goes. Many coworking spaces host tech events with companies who rent their spaces. Check them out! 
  • Support others. You never know when your feedback could open a door to someone interesting. Share the companies, startups and ideas you like. Write articles or posts about them. Ask them for advice. 

Work on your personal branding 

Building a personal brand online helps people find out who you are and what you're about. Let’s be honest: people will Google you. 

Fill the web with some searchable content that will show up and show off all of your skills and ideas. Add any existing work to relevant online sites (Behance, Dribbble, Github, Linkedin, etc.), demonstrating projects you've created or worked on.

Use no-code tools to build your own prototype, web or portfolio. Webflow, Format, Bravo Studio. Depending on how you need to present the information you might choose between one or another. 

Think about how people will contact you. My advice? Avoid contact forms. Go for a straight-forward email. 

Create a Twitter account using your full name and follow companies that you're interested in. Tweet tech articles you find interesting, write your own blog posts or threads commenting on tech news or sharing your ideas. The idea is to create another searchable source of information linked with things you find relevant. Become active in the tech community. 

Update your Linkedin. Nobody wants to find a profile that’s stuck in the past. Add your skills, experience and interests. Remember to sell yourself and enable the #OpenToWork feature if you want recruiters to find you. 

Looking for a job in tech?

Don't apply for a job until you've followed the steps above! Plus, update your CV and tailor it to each job posting. You should also write a cover letter that includes: what you like about the company you are applying to, why you are good for this role and why you want to work in this position. 

Look for jobs on Linkedin, on recruitment sites, on companies sites. You can also get in touch with people who work in the companies you’d like to work in and ask them if there are any job openings. 

Some good job boards are: 

Looking to get your idea funded?

If you are looking to take a leap and become a tech entrepreneur but need to get your idea funded, first you might want to look into the different possibilities that exist. It’s not the same to get funded by friends & family, angel investors or venture capitals. You also need to understand where you are standing. Do you just have an idea? Do you have a prototype? Do you have metrics? This tips might help: 

  • Use no-code tools to build a functioning prototype. You can do it quickly but it needs to work and help people understand what you are looking to do. Design wireframes using Figma or Adobe XD and just export them into Bravo Studio to be able to share your prototype after sending out a great pitch deck. 
  • Use Pitch and their templates to create a killing elevator pitch. Define your audience, the market, the problem you are solving and your go-to-market strategy. Angel investors and venture capitals need to know what you are thinking of. 
  • Follow our networking and personal branding tips! 🙏
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