How Amazon Did (And Didn’t) Prepare Us To Be Startup Founders

The majority of our team most recently worked at before joining Skilljar, including myself and my co-founder Jason. We're frequently asked what skills we learned at Amazon that are transferable to startups. If you're wondering whether it's worth joining a large company when your long-term goal is really to become a startup founder, this post is for you.

Nothing prepares you for a startup except having done it before. This is probably why investors value previous startup experience so highly. Even then, there are many tactical aspects that change with time or don't have "right" answers, like what fundraising deal structures are in vogue, or when to hire a VP sales (there are already plenty of opinions you can read on these tactical topics). This post focuses on the macro themes of how Amazon did, and didn't, prepare us to be startup founders.

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