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Do Entrepreneurs Need a Resume?

How do founders present their experiences and personal brand? Does a resume matter?

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Will Glasson
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Will Glasson Entrepreneur
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I'd say yes, BUT more important is a well crafted personal (online) brand via LinkedIn, Twitter, Angel.co, FD, etc. Everybody vets people through Google searches. Spending extra time on the sites that Google surveys is your own SEO and more powerful than a resume that accompanies a business plan, maybe.
Ryan Ellis Cox
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Ben Mathes
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Ideally it should be short and digestible. E.g. Naval's headline : Sweat: @AngelList , @Venture Hacks @Vast @Epinions ; Money: @Twitter @Heyzap @SnapLogic
Jorge Chang
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Jorge Chang Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur. Software Architect.

Agree with Will above.

Leverage social media - linkedIn, twitter, angel.co. To really stand out, write a blog, contribute to other tech blogs.

VCs hardly ever ask for resumes.

AngelPad asked for us for our linkedIn profiles - getting peer recommendation on that platform also helps.



Rashad Bartholomew
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Rashad Bartholomew Entrepreneur
Business Development at PassCash
Do you need the resume for other founders/team, investors, or customers? You may need different resumes for any of the above. I think having a resume for people interested in you is a thoughtful move. Moreover, the accomplishments and experiences described in a resume represent your personal brand. R
Rob Gropper
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Rob Gropper Entrepreneur
Director at PetHero, SPC - Member at Eastside Incubator - Principal at Tuxedo Technologies Group
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Mark Neild
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Mark Neild Advisor
Empowering quietly creative people to prosper through innovative yet authentic and engaging business models
Andrew It depends. When I have been a Mentor. / judge at Startup weekends or lecturing /marking Masters assignments I could see enough to judge capability without caring about the past. What matters is what you do not what you have done. If you are looking for (or to join) a team then there is nothing to go on except what people say about themselves. What is important is what you care about and the skills you bring to the party. It is fairly obvious quite quickly if people can sell, code or lead. Most resumes are works of fiction anyway. That said some investors want them Mark
Stas Oskin
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Stas Oskin Entrepreneur
CTO at eyecam
I also recommend LinkedIn, I actually end up sending the public profile link to anyone who wants a CV.
And if they want it printed (yes, it still happens), I just use the export function to get them a PDF.
Leena Chitnis, MBA
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Leena Chitnis, MBA Entrepreneur • Advisor
Content & Publication Manager at NetApp
What if you're still in the workaday world? I have had to keep my LinkedIn "corporate/professional" because I don't want to give the impression that my attention is split between a day job and a side "effort." In other words, I don't want to be seen as a liability or a flight risk. My dream is to get my company off the ground and be a successful entrepreneur, not to work in an ergonomically-correct cubicle my whole life. Unfortunately, the latter is what is going to pay the bills until my business takes off.

I have had to revert to branding myself in corporate terms and that is what is getting my profile on LinkedIn more attention now. When I mentioned my startups, recruiters got confused, so they are now off my page. The downside to this is that other entrepreneurs out there cannot see that I'm a serious entrepreneur on my second startup.

Any comments on this would be appreciated...
Lawrence I Lerner
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Lawrence I Lerner Entrepreneur • Advisor
Digitalization and Transformation Coach
I think you need both. LinkedIn comes across as very traditional. Regardless of your background it puts you into a traditional resume-like format. Create a second more anecdotal style that shares your accomplishments. My LinkedIn is fairly traditional and here is my VC bio.
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