For years, candidates [at Google] were screened according to SAT scores and college grade-point averages, metrics favored by its founders. But numbers and grades alone did not prove to spell success at Google and are no longer used as important hiring criteria.
Prasad Setty, VP of People Analytics at Google via The Most Innovative Employees at Google Aren’t Stanford/MIT grads with Perfect SATs - iDoneThis Blog (via idonethis)
Performance is contextual.
Taxes are not just a burden. They are also a benefit when used to create and maintain the commonwealth property and services that enable wealth creation and jobs. From educating children to making sure bridges are safe to operating the civil and criminal justice systems, taxes produce benefits that more than pay for themselves.
A month ago, we announced the Orbital Boot Camp, a 12-week program to help you launch your side project.
Thanks to many of you who helped get the word out, we got a great response over the two week application window. We ran interviews over one week, found that we were over-subscribed in terms of qualified candidates, and then spent the following week deliberating and figuring out the best way forward for everyone involved.
We ultimately decided to run two classes of about 12-14 students each. Given the candidate pool, we would’ve loved to have setup a third class, but we weren’t able to make that happen in time.
The process has been an interesting one. Because you’re not trying to pick winners, as investors and accelerators do, you get to define a different bar. After all, this is an educational program and the output is to share what you’ve learned rather than to show off what you’ve done.
We looked for three things:
Most of the applicants we interviewed met this criteria, so to get to our final group, we had to ask a few questions of ourselves:
This got us from 52 teams down to the 24-25 teams (one is still pending) that will be joining us next week.
One last thought: at first, I looked at the short 2-week application window as a liability. But in retrospect, it ended up being a great filter. The type of person who can make a quick decision about throwing themselves into a brand new program is the kind of person who would make a great student for it.
You have to be willing to jump in, and so those who were willing to make a decision quickly ended up being a self-selecting group of motivated, qualified individuals.
Overall, we couldn’t be more excited. The range of students and projects is pretty awesome and we’ll introduce them next week along with the rest of the Orbital Boot Camp team.
For now, we’re heads down getting ready for the start of the program.
Thank you to everyone who applied and expressed an interest in the program. I’m sorry we weren’t able to accommodate more of you this time.
Thank you also to everyone who helped get the word out. In particular, Khoi Vinh for featuring me on his blog, Glenn Fleishman for having me on The New Disruptors, the awesome folks who tweeted and retweeted, and the many unnamed people who shared this with their secret underground mailing list (this is seriously a huge thing).
Phase 3 begins this Monday.
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
Seven years after their most recent championship, long after we figured they were through, the Spurs sprinted to the finish. By the time the clock hit zero on their 104-87 victory in Game 5, the Spurs had outscored the Heat by 70 points over the course of the series, the biggest point differential in NBA Finals history. So which team was the superteam again? It sure seemed like the Boston Celtics and then the Heat had found the formula in the years since the Spurs last won it in 2007. Quickly assemble a team of established veterans, grab all the magazine covers, then pop the champagne. The Spurs struck a blow for scouting and development. And patience. Most of all, patience. They’ve kept the core together for more than a decade.