Hey all. I’m a non-tech founder of a physical tech startup. I’ve been building the business for about a year. We’ve got traction in a whole bunch of areas (team, product, customers, partners, etc.) but have not been able to bring on a significant funding round.
Much of the issue of the fundraising is due to me being based in Europe right now for family reasons and not being able to network and connect with funding sources in the US, our target market. I am looking for ways to get back to the US and get into a startup eco-system, but dont have the cash on hand to make the move without investment or support of some kind.
If not able to quickly attract funding, my other idea is to get a job in a market I want my startup to be in (ala SF) and use that as a jumping off point. From there I can work full time for another firm and use my free time to work and network for my startup.
My question is, when applying for full time work, how can I position my startup experience in a way that highlights my abilities to excel in the job, without scaring them off that once my startup gets funded I’m going to quit their firm?