When I hit my two year anniversary in San Francisco, I realized it was time to start giving back to the tech community.
Throughout my career, I’ve had a number of incredible mentors.
From moving overseas to starting and selling my first company, I’ve learned that asking for help is a strength and not a weakness.
So I started weekly office hours and 30 minute jam sessions in Hayes Valley to give more time to my GA students and fellow Y Combinator alum.
Through many conversations and matcha lattes at Boba Guys, I’ve found many of the best and brightest young entrepreneurs I meet are missing one thing: focus
For some, this can be attributed to a recent move to the Bay Area.
They’re frantically exploring all facets of technology and hitting every Meetup and startup event in town.
For others, they’re bouncing around in what I call the pinball effect. They pull the trigger by moving to San Francisco and then bounce, bounce, bounce hopping to hit the jackpot.
Here’s a quick summary of insights shared in my office hours:
- Start with a goal – write it down and track it in Trello
- Conduct a skills gap analysis – be honest with yourself
- Skill up – take a class, learn from peers, find a mentor
- Reduce the number of networking events
- Go deep – develop one or two skills at a time
- Take a class that tactically teaches this skill
- Find a peer or mentor to help build this new skill over time
- Stay focused – refer back to 1.
Some examples of tactical courses: