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We’re Hiring! Looking for an organized rockstar with stellar communications skills.

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We’re seeking an organized rockstar with stellar communications skills. When we find you, you’ll be our new Program Coordinator. 

This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. Requirements: Minimum 1-3 years out of college, exceptional communications skills, organizational skills and all that’s below.

Tech Wildcatters is an internationally-recognized seed accelerator for startups. We take promising companies (and their founders) through an intensive 12-week program full of resources, education and mentorship. Our next program starts March 2015 and as we need to add a rockstar to the team to help us prepare and execute. This is not your typical entry-level role, it’s fun, challenging and will give you memories and skills for a lifetime. You don’t have to be heavily in-the-know about the startup community, in fact, we prefer you’re not.

Read all the way through if you’re intrigued.

And remember, how well you sell us on your qualifications for this role (i.e. how kicka*s your cover email is) is one way we get to see how you’ll communicate with the Tech Wildcatters community. And that’s a big deal.

Now close your eyes, imagine a really put together, organized, Type A kind of person…but a special kind of one, one with a personality and a complete non-fear of change happening around them. A doer with a logistical brain and a splash of creativity when an opinion needs to be tossed into the conversation. One that thrives well when given a lot of responsibility and has a great attitude on all tasks.

You’re organized. 

The kind of person who can stick with a schedule, book travel and calendars with ease and assist with (or own entirely) the event planning process for our program. Someone who works closely with the Executive Director on weekly, monthly quarterly tasks for the program in a “this work reflects on me too” kind of way. An intuitive someone who sees the future steps of a task without someone having to lay it out for them, then works hard to help the team accomplish it. Someone who actually wants to learn and yet is ready and willing to jump into the trenches with boring work from time to time (because we’re lean, and everyone will do it at some point).

You’re all about the team. You’re collaborative. 

The right candidate will be comfortable working around a passionate, creative, fast-paced group, but wants to see serious organization happen within it. Our culture is important to us, so it needs to be important to you — that means you’re collaborative, helpful and want to see others succeed before you get credit for the work. You geek out when it’s time to file or arrange things the right way. Your friends expect you to remember their birthdays, book the restaurants and know that when you say you’ll do something…you do it. Someone has complimented you before on taking initiative (“you read my mind!”), which means you see things that can be done without being told and then you actually do it, or you suggest ideas on the fly and ways to get those ideas executed too. And the attitude you have while being chief doer on the team? Rockstar status. You aren’t in it for the glamour, you’re in it to make your team and our company look good and for the pride you take in getting stuff done the right way.

You know what’s on every spinning plate at any given time and you’ll jump in to help anyone who asks.

You can communicate well. 

You don’t get annoyed when things change. Instead, you roll with it like a champ and make sure you’re aware of what’s on the to-do list all the time. You also communicate to the team when you’re working on something, hit an obstacle that you need someone to remove for you, fail or need to clarify something so you can move forward. You’re a team player (not in the cliche sense, you have to really actually be) and you have to have STELLAR communication skills (typos and poorly written sentences are really not cool) in that you can write a legit email very well and talk or message with our investors/mentors/partners and make us look great while doing it. Your boss is a stickler on this and expects you to hold yourself to a high standard here.

Think your friends would ever describe you this way?

You just read a description for our dream Program Coordinator. This position reports to the Executive Director of Tech Wildcatters but also works closely with the VP of PR/Marketing. It’s a full-time salaried position with benefits.

Send your typo-free resume and a great cover letter with your pitch to Tell us why you’re it. And include any links you think will help convince us.

Meet Molly, Our New Executive Director

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techwildcatters_mollyCainBy now you’ve probably heard the news, we’ve got our new Executive Director! Gabriella officially handed the reins of Tech Wildcatters to Molly Cain in early October and we’re now moving full speed ahead. This is a big growth move for us, and we’re just getting started.

You’ll be getting some exciting updates from headquarters in the coming months, but for now, here’s a little from Molly.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Tech Wildcatters team as it enters it’s sixth year. We’re at the perfect place to take a closer look at plans for growth and a little shake-up on the process side of things. So over the past month, I’ve dug in to fully understand where we can improve, where we excel and where we can dive in and try new things – now it’s time to hit ‘go’.

Gabriella has done an exceptional job getting this program to where it is today and I’m looking forward to harnessing that incredible momentum. She put this program on the map – we’re recognized, ranked, established in the community and known world-wide. But five years later, the landscape is different. Where there once were only a handful of accelerators to choose from, companies can now select from hundreds (if not thousands) of programs. And therein lies our opportunity.

So how do we set ourselves apart and remain one of the top choices for companies looking to accelerate? Well, you’ll be seeing our answer to that question over the coming months through a variety of initiatives and program enhancements. Not to mention the caliber of companies we’ll have with us for the Class of 2015, which I’m especially excited to welcome into the family.

Bottom line…we’re going to the next level. Buckle up!

I’d also like to send my personal thanks to our investors, mentors, alums and partners for the warm welcome to this community. I’m so excited to be part of the Tech Wildcatters family and look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”


Tech Wildcatters Company Retreat

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It’s not hard to be inspired with this as your backdrop.

Last month, the Tech Wildcatters family participated in an offsite retreat in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico with the goal of teambuilding and relaxation. Several frozen drinks, humid dance parties, and team bonding sessions later, this is what we all took from our trip:

“It’s well documented that the most successful high growth firms credit much of their success to their people and culture. Part of developing a culture is regular opportunities to celebrate wins, share leadership’s vision, and just get to know each other outside of work. We chose Puerto Rico for our annual offsite this year because it’s been a big year of wins and change, so we wanted our location to reflect that. I personally had a great time watching everyone interact. I also got to see a couple of aha moments when I shared our organization’s structure and growth plans. Bring on 2015!” — Gabriella Draney, Tech Wildcatters CoFounder and CEO

“I’ve done tons of team building exercises. TONS. So when Gabriella says…”lets take a trip for team building” I’m thinking, “Hmm. What can we accomplish?” Going to Puerto Rico with our team was awesome. While it wasn’t the traditional approach: no surveys, book reports, personality analysis etc., it was so helpful. Traveling with people just makes you get to know each other better. And often, this gives better understanding into who people REALLY are. From crazy airport mimosas, San Juan Taxi drivers, the amazing ocean, lots of story telling and of course DANCING….I had a blast with our team. We laughed so much and really just got to know each other as people. So for me, traveling to Puerto Rico with our team gives me more tolerance and understanding of the people I work with and that is just priceless.” — Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Tech Wildcatters VP Corporate Affairs and PR

“I’ve always looked forward to teambuilding and offsite retreats for the renewed energy and sense of connection that they bring. This trip to Puerto Rico was no different. Being in a beautiful setting puts people at east and when people are at ease, they open up and we learn more about what motivates them. It was so nice to hear the history of Tech Wildcatters and the vision for the future of the company directly from Gabriella— no one can tell that story like she can.” — Raquel Vincent, Community Manager, Tech Wildcatters & Health Wildcatters

“Puerto Rico was amazing, a chance to break away from the normal daily routine of work and a hectic environment and switch into a relaxing bonding experience. I learned a lot about each of the ladies from the Wildcatters group. We discussed our lives and goals in a way that was positive and eye opening to my understanding of Tech/Health Wildcatters. I gained a new found respect for the hard work and dedication that Gabriella, Raquel, Clarisa, and Melanie create on a day to day basis. I heard the origin story of how Tech Wildcatters came to be, and its humble beginnings gave me insight for the battles and journey I have with the codex. I learned to think of these ladies as a family unit, in which we have debates, shared successes, and common goals. The trip was a great escape but an even better life lesson.” — Jay Henderson, Tech Wildcatters Engineer in Residence

“I’m motivated by people, so the more that I get to know people and the greater my connection to them, the more I want to serve/work with them. Puerto Rico was a great trip and extremely successful in my mind because it allowed me to get to know my coworkers better, which ultimately increases my productivity and enjoyment in my work. I really look forwarding to seeing each of my team members at work, and I know that we are all there to support each other and make both programs a great success.” — Melanie Smith, Health Wildcatters Operations Manager

A huge thank you to American Airlines for helping make this trip possible!