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The Number One Startup Skill

Melinda Thomas, Octave Bioscience

If you’re interviewing for a job at a startup, says Octave Bioscience co-founder and COO Melinda Thomas, it’s crucial to prove that you can take initiative. Early on in a growth-driven enterprise, literally everything needs to be built from scratch, requiring people who can take action quickly when they see an opportunity to improve something.