Cultivation Careers – February 2015

February 2015
Cultivation Careers
A no frills guide to cultivating your career in venture capital and entrepreneurship

Confluence II 2.21.2015  and
VIP Reception 2.20.2015 at T-REX:

Come mingle with future and prior speakers, interact with the craft bartenders from the Fortune Teller Bar, enjoy food and desserts from various local St. Louis restaurants on the 5th floor.  Beer and Wine tastings with a DJ spinning! Many exciting guests include Dragon Staff spinners, Hula Hoop ladies, fortune tellers and a traditional St Louis henna tattoo artist! This event is RSVP.


Wednesday, February 25, 5 – 7pm
United Way Happy Hour:

Join United Way for an informal gathering of entrepreneurs and community leaders looking for innovative approaches to address stubborn social challenges. Bar area on the 5th floor, food and drinks will be provided! 

Check out our first T-REXer of the month, Michael McGreal and his new project: Startup Stories St. Louis. 

Check out Accelerate St. Louis' calendar for additional community events


Want to learn how to code for FREE? Check out Launch Code and Launch CoderGirl have meetup learning sessions every week. 


Do you have what it takes to intern at a startup? 

In the startup world, we refer to Super Interns as "swiss army knives" — someone who is ready to roll up their sleeves and do whatever needs to be done: compose an email, use design skills to create a marketing piece, organize an excel spreadsheet, professionally represent the company in a client-facing role and maybe even some light coding. 

If you are someone who hustles and thrives in a fast-paced environment, eager to learn how an early stage company operates and wants to make a big impact in your role, then you might just be the Super Intern we are looking for! Additionally, we are always seeking talented computer programmers to fill internship positions. Check out companies in Cultivation Capital's portfolio for internship opportunities.
Email resumes/inquiries to Colleen –


Current Job Openings:

Customer Insight Analyst – St. Louis, Front End Developer – Chicago, IL
Jr. Software Engineer – St. Louis, MO
Jr. Software Engineer – Chicago, IL
Jr. UX Designer – Chicago, IL
Project Manager – Chicago, IL
Software Engineer – St. Louis, MO
Software Engineer – Chicago, IL
Sr. Software Engineer – St. Louis, MO
Sr. Software Engineer – Chicago, IL
VP of Engineering – Chicago, IL

Sales Development Representative – TopOpps

Frontend Javascript Developer – TopOpps
Senior Product Manager – Adarza
Customer Success Specialist – Promise Pay
Sales Executives (remote locations) – Wealth Access
Front-End Web Developer – Tunespeak
Senior Back End Engineer – Tunespeak

Software Engineer – Upside
Senior Graphic Programmer – aisle411
Senior Mobile Developer – aisle411

Systems Architect – aisle411

Job Seeker's Career Corner

What is your biggest problem, and how can I solve it?
Most people focus on finding the perfect position for themselves, with the understanding that their specific skill sets will help the company. When is the last time you put the company's needs front and center? If you are considering joining a startup with the desire to help it grow, have you thought about trying a new field? This may mean preparing yourself for a steep learning curve and maybe even trading seniority for acquiring new skills. When considering a career transition, particularly going to work for a startup, think about what role will allow you to have a greater overall impact and how you will show your future employer that you're up for the challenge?

Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder. – Pattie Sellers, Senior Editor at Large Fortune
"Ladders are limiting – people can move up or down, on or off. Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration. There's only one way to the to the top of a ladder, but there are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym. The jungle gym model benefits everyone, but especially women who might be starting careers, switching careers, getting block by external barriers, or reentering the workforce after taking time off. The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment. We all want a job or role that truly excites and engages us. This search requires both focus and flexibility." – Sheryl Sandberg

Book Suggestions:

Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Passions and Talents by Ken Robinson

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent): How to Unleash Your Creative Potential
by George Lois

Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
(Shout out to Prosper Women Entrepreneurs!)