Today I responded to a LinkedIn question from a job-seeker. The person wondered whether he should drop a job from his resume, namely, a failed-startup job. I told him to leave it in! Failed startups are great on your resume as long as these two conditions are met:
1) Your resume isn’t full of failed-startup job histories; and
2) You can speak, thoughtfully and cheerfully, about your failed-startup experience and what you learned from it.
Heck, 99% of the dotcom startups tanked! No one can blame you for that. What they can blame you for is having learned nothing from the experience, or believing that because you were a VP when you were twenty-seven years old in a 13-person company, you’re a VP for life. Not so much.