Hi, I'm John Yang-Sammataro, and I'm a Partner at Silicon Valley Insight (SVI). We help companies - from F500s to Snapchat acquisitions - design and build software products from scratch. Outside of the day-to-day operations at SVI, I'm also an MBA at Harvard Business School.
As the COVID-19 outbreak progressed more of my fellow classmates had their internship offers rescinded or were unable to find internship opportunities at all. Coming from Silicon Valley before business school, I was ingrained in the startup scene for the last decade. I knew that startups could benefit from smart, capable, and ambitious MBA students, but didn't know where or where to find them. Likewise, I realized that many MBAs didn’t realize how the skills they were learning could be directly useful at an early stage startup.
I began doing some further research and found that most top schools have subsidy programs for students that want to work at early stage companies for their summer internship. With the additional benefit that most startups are open and comfortably set up for remote work, all the pieces of the puzzle began to fall in place for us to be able to help make a difference in these trying times. This is how Hire a Startup MBA was born.
The past few weeks our team of twenty based around the world has worked to do our small part to help students and startups alike during this global pandemic. We hope you find this helpful and are eager to hear feedback on how we can better make a difference. Please drop us a line anytime!