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.

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Phase 2 Complete

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:

  1. Are you capable of doing what you are setting out to do?
  2. Are you coachable?
  3. Will you be a positive influence on the cohort?

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:

  1. Will we be able to help the applicant with their projects?
  2. Do we believe that the boot camp is the right thing for the student right now?

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.



One of the best things about doing the Strength In NUMBERS project is getting in touch with artists I didn’t know about before. Adam WarRock showed love for the project & is an independent artist doing good, unique work. He releases hella free music and videos, and only asks for donations from supporters once a year. That time is now. Drive ends today. 


Adam WarRock “Broken People” (Free Download)


(all rewards are sent to paypal email)

The Donation Drive is going on. Support, keep it free and running for another year, get some free stuff in the processAlso, during Donation Drive, ALL MY FOR-SALE MUSIC IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD AT MY BANDCAMP PAGE


Here’s the thing about nerd rap, or nerd core, or nerd culture or whatever. It’s something that I try to stress every time someone asks me a question like, “What’s it like being a nerd rapper?” or “What does being a nerd mean to you?”

Nerd culture is full of a lot of broken people. And that’s totally okay, because honestly, everyone’s pretty broken inside. While websites and thinkpieces talk about how COOL it is to be a nerd nowadays, what most people who didn’t grow up nerds seem to forget is that the general way our brains work (obsessive, compulsive, overly enthusiastic and addictive) made a lot of outcasts. Being a nerd was never about being “uncool” the way that movies tried to frame it as. Being a nerd was always about being different, feeling like you didn’t fit in. Just because Captain America 2 was a huge blockbuster and bros wear Wolverine tshirts, it doesn’t change the fact that we are conditioned from a very early age that in some way, we are less-than-deserving of the love and acceptance that all people are entitled to.

I know a lot of people who think it’s perfectly silly to make nerd music for a living. I get that. I know a lot of fellow artists who think it’s a ploy for hits and attention; that it’s easy to make pop culture-based stuff, to play off of it. I won’t lie, I found a working model; and it just so happens to be what I love to do, so sure – there’s some of that inside of me. But here’s the thing: I love making music that speaks to people who feel fucked up and alone. I like espousing the notion that your obsessions and your predilections don’t in some way, make you less worthy of the life that “normal” people would have you sometimes (intentional or not) believe you aren’t entitled to.

Nerd culture is fun, it’s great, it’s wonderful. I’m a nerd. But it’s also full of a lot of depressed, anxiety-ridden, emotionally messed up people. I don’t cast stones, trust me – I’m one of those people. I struggle with that stuff daily.

The point is that you’re not alone. And sometimes it can feel like you’re a bit  more alone than usual, because the world seems to think it’s done you a favor by giving you Big Bang Theory and The Avengers and comic tshirts at Target and Thor cups at 7-Eleven. It’s still a struggle. Just like everyone goes through, daily.

So if you’re hurting, if you’re feeling alone, if you’re feeling utterly broken. Hey, I do too. You’re not alone. You can find help, you can find a family of people who will get you through the dark spots. And all I can say is that I’m very proud if I get to be the soundtrack for you on not only the good, but also the bad days.

Where my broken people at?



Because I have released almost 600 free songs on my website over the past 5 years of its existence. Because I never accept donations at any other point during the year. Because I have never monetized my Youtube account with ads. Because web hosting isn’t free. Because I’m 100% independent, no agents, no managers, no bookers, no merch people, no interns, no financial backing, no nothing. Because Internet content should be free. Because indie music and great web content should be supported. Because this isn’t a kickstarter. Because you want tshirts and new albums and posters and shows. Because maybe, over the past four years you’ve enjoyed a song or two, and maybe you’d find it in your heart to drop some money in the bucket to help me keep doing this, and doing good things for nerd and geek culture. Because it’s the right thing to do!

Thanks for the support and a wonderful last four years. Help keep up and running for another year! DONATE DONATE DONATE!


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.