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Breaking Into Startups

  • General Assembly 225 Bush Street, 5th Floor San Francisco USA (map)


Everyone talks about working for a startup these days, but how on earth do you get started? General Assembly is partnering with Planted to bring together a panel of industry experts to discuss some steps you can take to land your first startup job.

Whether you’re a recent grad still figuring out your plans, or looking to leave the corporate world for a scrappy team where you can make a difference, come get inside tips from the folks that know best!

Why It Matters:

The startup world is the place to be for a wide breadth of experience and opportunity, but breaking your way in (especially as a non-technical person) can be tricky. It doesn’t have to be! Come let the experts break it down and learn how to get your foot in the door.


  • How to position yourself for the startup world
  • How to foster the skills hiring managers look for the most
  • How to network like a pro
  • How to succeed in the challenging, unpredictable world of startups!



About the Panelists

Rae Draizen (Head of Partnerships + Content, Planted)

Rae is Head of Partnerships + Content at Planted. With a diverse background in professional development and career coaching, she helps companies hire the best people to create dynamic, unstoppable teams. She's helped build Planted's business development strategy from the ground up, geeks out on all things content, and is passionate about social entrepreneurship and inclusivity in tech. Rae has a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Social Enterprise from Columbia University.

Jamie Nichol (Head of Community, CultureIQ)

Jamie Nichol is Head of Community for CultureIQ, a culture management platform dedicated to helping companies strengthen their culture. As the 6th employee, she has done a little bit of everything at the company -- from client services to marketing. In her current role, she works to connect people around all things company culture. Prior to joining CultureIQ, Jamie was an early employee at ZeroCater, where she hired and led the Account Management team. She is a proud Bay Area native and has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Elantha Barry (Director of Customer Success, Guideline)

Elantha Barry is the Director of Customer Success for Guideline, the first full-service 401(k) without management fees or hidden costs that allows small and medium sized businesses to offer 401(k) plans to their employees. Prior to Guideline, Elantha was an early employee at Counsyl, where she helped scale the client services, billing operations, and commercial learning and development functions. She hails from Massachusetts, where she also received her BS from Northeastern University.

Meg Knudtsen (Senior Recruiter, Lyft)

About Our Partners


Planted is a talent platform, connecting recent grads and young professionals to non-tech jobs at high growth startups looking to build unstoppable teams. We do the heavy lifting, so you can grow your career at a job you’ll love!

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