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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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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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