Google Please Hire Me, Interview with Mathew Epstein

google please hire me

What do you do when you want a job really really bad?

Why not do something like what Mathew Epstein did and make the ultimate online CV with his kick-ass site and video www.googlepleasehire.me (I highly recommend you see it – it’s great).

I found Mathew’s site when everyone started tweeting about it last week and I thought – I gotta chat to this guy! In the interview we chat about why he made the video, how he made it, how his site has got over 300,000 hits in under 1 week and, if Google are going to hire him. check it out:

Links: 

www.googlepleasehire.me

Mathew’s personal Blog 

Mathew on Twitter

Any thoughts on Mathew’s idea? Share them in the comments below

 

How to run a portfolio business? Timothy Bosworth, Think Big Be Big

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How do you startup a successful dating site, consultancy, blog and create a series of children’s books? Impossible right?

In this interview with Timothy Bosworth from Think Big Be Big, we discuss what it takes to have a portfolio career; how to act on your entrepreneurial impulses and Tim shares the methodologies he uses to get so much done.

Links:
http://twitter.com/tbbbe
http://uk.linkedin.com/in/timothybosworth
http://thinkbigbebiggroup.com/
http://www.thinkbigbebigentrepreneurs.com/

Success Lessons Learnt from Poker

Winning hand.
Winning hand.

Winning hand. Photo: Jonathan Rubio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love business and sporting analogies – they’re usually pretty inspiring, if sometime contradictory. I came across these inspiring list of Poker strategies that transfer to the business world of an entrepreneur and found them really, really inspiring. Hope you enjoy them

Market Evaluation:

  • Table selection is the most important decision you can make
  • It’s ok to switch tables if you find out it’s too hard to win at your table
  • If there’s a lot of players who are irrational of inexperienced, it can be harder to win

Marketing/Branding

  • Act weak when strong
  • Act strong when weak
  • Know when to bluff
  • Help shape the stories people are telling about you

Financials

  • Always be prepared for the worst possible scenario
  • The guy who wins the most hands is not the person who makes the most money in the long run
  • The guy who never loses a hand is not the guy who makes the most money in the long run
  • Go for positive expected value, not what is least risky
  • Make sure your bank roll is big enough for the game you’re playing and the risks you’re taking
  • Play only with what you can afford to lose
  • Remember it’s a long term game, you win or lose individual sessions, but it’s the long run that matters

Strategy

  • Don’t play games you don’t understand, even if you see other people making money from them
  • Figure out the game when the stakes aren’t high
  • Don’t cheat. Cheaters don’t win in the long run
  • Be flexible, be patient and think long term
  • The players with the most stamina and focus usually win
  • Differentiate yourself – do the opposite of what everyone else on the table is doing
  • Hope is not a good plan
  • Don’t play too long – it’s much better to take a break or have a rest for the night, then come back to the table

Continued Learning

  • Read books from other people who have done it before
  • Learn by doing, theory is nice but nothing replaces actual experience
  • Learn by surrounding yourself with talented players
  • Just because you win a hand doesn’t mean you’re good & you’ve not more learning to do – you might’ve just got lucky
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for advice

Culture

  • You’ve got to love the game
  • To be really good, you’ve got to live it and sleep it
  • Don’t be cocky, don’t be flashy; there’s always someone better than you
  • Be nice and make friends – it’s a small community
  • Share what you’ve learned with others
  • Look for opportunities beyond the game you sat down to play
  • You never know who you’re going to meet, in new business partners or contacts
  • Have fun! The game is a lot more fun when you’re trying to do more than make money

Remember

  • The game begins before you site down in the seat
  • The most important decision to make is to know what table to sit at, this includes knowing when to change tables (you can make 9 times as much sitting with inexperienced players with lots of chips vs. a table with experienced players with few chips)
  • It’s never too late to change tables

Hope you enjoyed these. Big props to the very inspirational Tony Heish for these, taken from his book: Delivering Happiness – I highly recommend you check it out – I read it his weekend while travelling the Scottish highlands and it made for a fantastic weekend.

What do you think? Please commend below:

Five reasons why every entrepreneur should get a job

startup job

Photo by michelhrv

 

Entrepreneurs – go get a job!

Heresy! What, a job you say?? But I’m an entrepreneur – I’m driven by my vision, I set my own rules and play my own game. It’s why I do it!

 

 

Well, unless you have already floated, exited or are riding the hockey stick growth (or either of these are just around the corner) – I recommend you do the unthinkable, and get a job.

OK, well there’s a little more to this, I’ll explain…..

I believe getting a job can sometimes bring you closer to your entrepreneurial goals than working for yourself.

This is important as we entrepreneurs are impatient beings. Yes, we are told: ‘there are no mistakes, only experience’ and that we must ‘fail our way to the top’ etc, and we’re ok with that. But we still want to succeed, like, yesterday.

So unless you are on a rocket to the top (with proven traction, not ‘it’s going to happen tomorrow’), maybe a job is the best thing for you.

There is a caveat here (and a big one) – it’s a job in a rocket powered startup (just like the one you want to build).

No banks, insurance companies, pizza delivering [insert ‘normal’ job here – no matter how well paid it is] – these will bring you backwards.

So why would it be better to get a job at a startup? Here are my top 5 reasons why…….

1. Learn from the Best

This is a bit of a no-brainer right? When you’re working at a startup that’s growing/got funded/attracting buzz [delete as appropriate] you’ll be under the wing, daily, of great people who are doing exactly what you want to do down the road.

Soak it up baby. This is mentoring on steroids – and you’re getting paid for it. Nice!

2. Make Great Contacts (likeminded people)

If you haven’t realised yet that, even with this age of internet, it’s your real life networks that are your key to success, well – you should.

Working in a high growth startup you’ll be rubbing shoulders with likeminded people with great ideas and drive. Not only will you be working with these people in your team, but many startups these days are housed in some form of incubation centre where you’ll be working side by side with other startups = more opportunities to expand your network.

I’m currently working in this space three days a week and it’s awesome.

Who knows – you might meet your next co-founder.

3. $$$$$$$

Make money, pay off debts, and create a solid base for your next startup move.

If you’re already a successful entrepreneur with bags of cash and a Porsche, skip this one. For the rest of us………

There doesn’t seem to be an exact equation to startup success but if there was it’d go something like this:

Ideas + perseverance (time) + mistakes – income = success

So while we know we gotta keep at it and mistake are the only route to success, mistake rarely = bulging bank balances.

So after you’ve made a mistake (i.e. failed startup)……… take stock, lick the wounds and regroup.

Having a job where you’re getting paid means you’re not only learning for the next time, but you’re also paying off the credit card(s) and creating a solid base to springboard into your next startup.

You’ll feel better too (so will your girlfriend/boyfriend).

4. Allows you to Experiment

No doubt you devour learning (books, blogs, podcasts etc) and you hear of great ideas all the time. Experiment!

Seriously, working with someone allows you to put into practice all the things you’ve learned. Want to try out that Product Launch Formula or new Twitter strategy? Now’s the time….What could be better!

Just make sure you:
• Take note of what works and what doesn’t (and why)
• Create procedures so you can recreate the ones that work next time when you want to do them again for your own business

5. Restates Important Habits

Ever have the feeling you’re burning a lot of rubber but not making much progress? If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re working LONG hours, often by yourself. How do you know if you’re working on the right things?

We’re heard the one that success is ‘10% inspiration and 90% perspiration’, right? Well I’d argue that perspiration isn’t enough – you also gotta be uber effective, concentrating your time in the right areas.

Sometimes in startups we can spend a lot of time working by ourselves – bad habits can creep in easily and working with a team, under experienced leaders will help you spot and correct them.

For me, it was having the rights focus in the right areas: spending 20% of my time on the most important things to get 80% of the results (I have a tendency to ‘go deep’ and want to learn everything about an area, when I should be moved onto to the next task to make faster progress).

For you it might be something else: timekeeping, thinking big, being social etc.

Believe me, there’s no better way to learn (or relearn) these than working under a team with clear and ambitious goals.

Any other good startup job tips or resources? Please add them in the comments below