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This is your chance to start something (cc: @orbitalnyc @garychou)

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Gary runs an awesome program called Orbital 1k where he teaches you and a group of your peers to build and launch a revenue generating project.

I’m a big fan of anything that encourages people to take the first (and then the next, and the next) step in building something they can share with the world.

And that’s exactly what Orbital and Gary can help you do.

More details below…

…we received 33 applications to the Orbital 1K program and are thrilled with a disproportionately large number of them.

Given that we had only effectively promoted the program for 48 hours, we’re re-opening applications because we believe that there’s an even larger pool of prospective applicants out there.  (Plus, we actually have the capacity to handle more.)

We also received a lot of feedback asking about a remote option, so we are going to try that, too.

So, if you or someone you love has an idea they would like to launch, where they would benefit from the constraints of the Orbital 1K program, please apply by Thursday, May 21!

via Gary Chou — Extending and Expanding Orbital 1K.

Written by John Gannon

May 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

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Show Your Work (thanks @ThisIsLars)

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It’s not your work history or your grades. It’s not how much industry experience you have. Nor it is whether you can solve brain teasers … The biggest predictor of whether you’ll succeed, Laszlo Bock outlines in ‘Work Rules!,’ is how you fare in a sample work test.

via Google Says You Should Throw Out Your Hiring System.

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May 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm

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How AWS is like a VC (from @stratechery)

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This is great from Amazon’s perspective: the company effectively has a stake in nearly every significant startup, and for free; if the company succeeds, Amazon will be paid, handsomely, and if they fail, well, Amazon covered their own costs of providing cloud services along the way.

via The AWS IPO – Stratechery by Ben Thompson.

Written by John Gannon

May 7, 2015 at 10:28 am

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Spot on, @albertwenger re: learning to integrate vs learning to code

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Instead for the most part programming will be closer to using IFTTT or Zapier than to writing code from scratch in an editor. Still, you will need some understanding of what inputs and outputs are and grok the idea of breaking a process down into smaller steps that can then be combined to give you a desired result. That will be the essential knowledge about coding for most people and that is in fact a new type of literacy.

via Continuations.

Written by John Gannon

May 6, 2015 at 11:38 am

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One Surprising Reason You’re Not Getting Honest Feedback (from @ikirigin)

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That is the silver lining around this whole thread about feedback. So much negative feedback is actually about how your ideas are delivered. Many are just misunderstandings. Refining how you explain something will actually improve the quality of your thoughts.

via One Surprising Reason You’re Not Getting Honest Feedback.

Written by John Gannon

April 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm

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My latest book: Finding Startup Jobs

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Everything you need to know about finding a startup job you'll love.

For the last 6 years(wow, has it been that long?) I’ve been helping people land venture capital jobs and startup jobs through the VC Careers community, Road to a Venture Capital Career, and

And now I’ve made available another resource to help you build a great startup career – my new book, Finding Startup Jobs.

Here’s what people are saying about the book and how it can help you realize your dreams of finding a startup job you’ll love…

The coolest startup jobs aren’t advertised. In Finding Startup Jobs John Gannon gives you the passwords you need to crack into them.
Amol Sarva, Co-founder Virgin Mobile USA and Founder of Knotable

The rules of the job search have changed dramatically in the last 10 years, and this is even more true for startups. John Gannon is a true expert on what it takes now to get noticed and hired by a high-growth company, and Finding Startup Jobs is a must-read for anyone who wants to land a startup job.

Adrian Granzella Larssen, Editor-in-Chief of The Muse

Finding Startup Jobs is the definitive resource for anyone looking to begin building an exciting career in high-growth startup companies. It breaks down your startup job search end to end: all the way from building one’s network in the startup community to actually negotiating your final offer. It’s hard to imagine any resource that would be more complete and more informed than Finding Startup Jobs.
Rob Go, Founding Partner, NextView Ventures

Becoming a cherished employee for a high-growth company can fundamentally change your career and life. Anyone considering joining this world should pick up Finding Startup Jobs immediately.
Aaron O’Hearn, Co-Founder of Startup Institute

You can buy or preview (for free) the ebook on the Amazon Kindle Store or via Smashwords.

Written by John Gannon

April 17, 2015 at 9:03 am

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The Founder’s Schedule

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Originally posted on Sean on Startups:

There has been a lot written about how to effectively manage your time as a leader when building a new company. Paul Graham has a famous essay where he divides the needs of the engineer from the needs of the manager through the Maker’s Schedule and Manager’s Schedule. More recently, Danielle Morrill of Mattermark wrote about the transition from the Maker’s Schedule to the Manager’s Schedule as her company grows.

I have found significantly less written about how to effectively manage your time in the very early days of founding a company. In those early days, you cannot have a Maker’s Schedule since you cannot be sure exactly what you should make. However, you cannot have a Manager’s Schedule since you have to work on making something or else you will never get started. Then, what is the ideal Founder’s Schedule?

For me, the ideal Founder’s Schedule makes time…

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Written by John Gannon

April 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

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