TSS實習秘辛:新創界的朝聖

Angela Lin (TSS Intern)

Angela Lin (TSS Intern)

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There I was, sitting in front of my laptop, browsing jobs sites like Yourator, WeStudent, and 104, searching for opportunities for the next semester when all of a sudden, a bold, yellow and black graphic of a rocking out hand caught my eye. And, that’s how it all began—my adventure with TSS.

TSS is one of the coolest places to work!

TSS is one of the coolest places to work!

Company culture matters

When it comes to an internship, I think the most important thing is to understand the culture. TSS is a government-funded organization which aims to help Taiwan startups go global. Although we are backed by the government, we actually have a lot of freedom and a flexible work environment with cool colleagues like an American who wrote a Taiwanese textbook and a petite girl who runs triathlons. But, no matter how unique and talented everyone is, I’m always amazed by how fun and friendly they all are! 

Meeting startup teams from all over Taiwan

Meeting startup teams from all over Taiwan

On the road right from the start

When I first joined TSS, we had a roadshow. Yes, a ROADSHOW! We rented a small bus, loaded it up with all of our equipment, beach balls (and beer!) and drove from Taipei to Kaohsiung with stops in Hsinchu, Taichung, and Tainan. It was a great chance to get to know local startups and talk about TSS Starting Lineupour membership program.

 

It’s better than class

The next big project was 42 Beta Accelerator, a 6-week program for early stage startups. I felt lucky to have the chance to sit in on 1-on-1 coaching sessions where TSS mentors gave advice to startup such as LoveNuts and Addweup. I also listened to talks given by industry leaders and experts like Kai-Fu Lee (Founder & CEO of Innovation works), Myriam Joire (Former Editor at Engadget), Wretch Chien (Founder of wretch.cc), and Steve Chen (Co-Founder of Youtube). And, on top of that, I got to sit in workshops run by TSS partners: 500 Startups, Alpha Camp, and Facebook. Top-notch resources like these were never accessible at school!

Sitting in on 1-on-1 coaching sessions

Sitting in on 1-on-1 coaching sessions

Wretch Chien (Founder of wretch.cc) 

Wretch Chien (Founder of wretch.cc) 

Small tasks, big lessons

Despite these perks, there are definitely some routine, small tasks for interns such as printing files or categorizing online documents. But, when it comes to small tasks, do we choose to just get the job done? Or, do we strive for excellence? As time went by, I realized that we are the only ones who are responsible for our own learning. Even when a task seems small it can also require as much precision, efficiency and patience as a bigger task. 

A whole new world

To sum up, the experience of the past 6 months has been like a key that has opened up a whole new world to me. I came in with almost zero understanding of startups, but now I can already sense my own growth. I feel more than lucky to have become part of the TSS family and have learned so much from my colleagues.

That’s also been the reason why I have chosen to stay on for another 6 months—I believe that the best challenges are yet to come. If you are interested in understanding international startup trends and also want to help Taiwan startups to go global, come join me and the rest of the TSS team!

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Angela Lin (TSS Intern)

Angela Lin (TSS Intern)

這是當時的我:寒假時,大二下學期只修到14學分,坐在筆電前查找「讓自己可以見見世面」的實習機會。我瀏覽了各種實習資訊平台,像是YouratorWeStudent、104人力銀行,突然有一個大膽醒目、以黃黑為主色的顯眼標識,抓住了我的目光。我開始好奇這間公司在做什麼,於是透過線上申請、幸運地通過面試,成為了TSS的實習生。

TSS 的工作環境很自由。

TSS 的工作環境很自由。

要了解公司文化

講到實習這件事,我認為,了解公司文化是很重要的一環。TSS 是一個由政府(國發會基金)所資助的組織,我們在做的事情是幫助台灣新創拓展到國際,希望他們能夠跟站上世界舞台被看見。其實,不同於大家所想像的政府合作案,國發會給予TSS非常大的彈性與空間,我們的作風很開放又自由,每一位工作夥伴們都有很特別很厲害的來歷--舉例來說,有個美國同事寫了一本台語教科書,或是另一位嬌小的女生同事參加三鐵諸如此類的,不管他們有多麼厲害的背景,每一位都沒有架子,就像朋友一樣好相處。

巡迴期間認識台灣各地的新創團隊

巡迴期間認識台灣各地的新創團隊

全心投入

在我剛加入TSS,我們辦了一場巡迴秀。沒錯,是一場巡!迴!秀!我們包了一台小巴士,把所有的器材、道具、TSS招牌海灘球,(還有啤酒!)四天內一路南下,從台北、新竹、台中、台南一直到高雄,舉辦說明會宣傳TSS Starting Lineup會員計劃,並且認識台灣各地的新創團隊以及加速器等等,真的是非常難忘的經驗!

 

學校裡沒有的資源

下一個我們舉辦的大型活動是42 Beta Accelerator,這是一個只有42天,給早期新創團隊的魔鬼訓練營。我有機會能旁聽業界導師與新創團隊一對一的諮詢會議,比如LoveNuts、  Addweup等團隊,以及產業界名人的演講:創新工場創辦人暨執行長李開復、 知名科技趨勢網站Engadget前編輯 Myriam Joire、無名小站創辦人簡志宇、Youtube 共同創辦人陳士駿等等。還有與TSS合作夥伴共同主辦的工作坊:500 StartupsAlpha Camp還有Facebook等等。在這裡,能聽到業界導師們在不同產業的洞察是非常可貴的機會,平時在學校不可能享受到這樣一流的場合跟資源!

旁聽業界導師與新創團隊一對一的諮詢會議

旁聽業界導師與新創團隊一對一的諮詢會議

聽完無名小站創辦人簡志宇的講座只能用崇拜兩個字形容

聽完無名小站創辦人簡志宇的講座只能用崇拜兩個字形容

小任務,大學問

實習生除了可享受上述各種好康,當然也有每天要協助處理的雜事,比如說影印文件或是影音資料歸檔等等。當被配到這些雜事的時候,我們只是選擇乖乖做完嗎?還是,我們要追求突破、做到最好?我最後了解到,沒有人有義務教你任何事情,想學多少都要靠自己爭取。我漸漸瞭解到,把一件小事做好並不簡單,其中所需要的精準溝通、做事效率以及耐心,在大型任務中也是不可或缺的一部分。

另一個起點

對我來說, 過去六個月在TSS的實習就像是開啓一個全新世界的鑰匙。一開始來這,我對新創的了解幾乎是零,現在我明顯感覺到自己的成長。能夠成為 TSS 大家庭的一份子,是一件再幸運不過的事,而我也從身旁每一位優秀夥伴身上學到很多受用的職場態度跟做事訣竅。

這也是我之所以選擇再留半年的原因-我相信,最好玩的挑戰,才正要開始。如果你想了解全球新創趨勢,甚至是想要協助台灣新創走出台灣,跟我一起加入實習生的行列吧!