Working for a startup is a lot of work. Not only do you need to know how to do the job you’ve been hired for, chances are you’ll also need to know a little but more about every aspect of the company. For instance, if you’re a coder or programmer, you may need to put on a business development hat as well. A product manager may be asked to step in with sales or marketing assistance. Startup founders tell us all the time that “flexibility is key.”
If you’re looking to be much more than a single skill, then startup life may be ideal for you. It provides the opportunity to be part of a team working together to grow an idea as well as a company. You need to possess skills such as multi-tasking, problem-solving and above all, passion. That’s not just in Silicon Valley, that’s universal.
During a recent trip to Berlin for the IFA technology show, Europe’s largest tech show, I had the opportunity to sit down with members of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology to hear the latest hiring trends in their booming tech economy.
“First a test week, then a test month then we move on and look at all the parts. The skills have to be there and they need passion, but it also has to be about a good cultural fit. Only emotion can tell you that.”
The Berlin tech startup scene is home to many up-and-coming tech companies and accounts for one in every eight jobs that have been created there since 2008. Currently rated Europe’s #1 startup city, large international companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Google and others have created labs and incubators in Berlin.
“Silicon Valley has a perfect atmosphere for growing companies, but Berlin has lots of room for growth” says Annabell Doerksen, spokesperson for Berlin Partners. “Berlin is just like a kid in this family for startups, we have room where people can develop a lot. Cisco came last year to Berlin with an innovation center and found that there's a lot of young creative talent here.”