To preface this, I'm a kid in high school that enjoys playing with ruby and ruby on rails. During the summer, my web development passion gets close to 100% of my time, but during the school year it is significantly dropped with school work and other activities.
Last year I joined the robotics team, as I have some C experience, but it turned out to be a real time suck from my ruby on rails based startup. During the year, I also work at our local grocery store to gain some real work experience.
My question for all those with startup experience is whether it's really that valuable to have experience working with technically minded people? I feel like my general work experience (interacting and getting things from others) is fulfilled by working at the grocery store.
What do owners of startup style companies look for in an employee? Am I wasting my time doing C and not focusing on my rails project?