Unless You Dare to Battle [quote] + Updates!

It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle.

- Richard M DeVos (via 50 Impossible Quotes)

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I’ve had my hands pretty full recently and hope to get some more substantial posts out soon, but here’s a few quick updates:

  • YC Project:  I’ve been working on a cool Y Combinator related side project that’s almost done. I promise you guys will get a first crack at it when I release!
  • Ridejoy Funding: We announced some big news for Ridejoy: we raised $1.3M in seed funding from Freestyle Capital, SV Angel, Founder Collective and some other awesome people. Some coverage in AllThingsD, Techcrunch and Wall Street Journal.
  • How to woo a startup: Getting hired at a startup is tough. I know, I wrote a mega-post on it. That’s why I was super impressed with how Ridejoy’s new community manager applied (and got the gig). Learn more here.
  • Triathlon training: It’s going well. I struggled in the pool at first, and apparently gymnasts are notoriously bad at swimming, but I’m starting to figure it out. Doing a swim-bike brick tomorrow morning!

“I Miss Being World-Class” [quote]

I don’t miss Counter-Strike. I miss being the best at something. I miss being world-class. I miss being exceptional.

Jon “juan” Mumm, retired Counter-Strike: Source legend most known as the stratcaller

I was never a world class gymnast but I understand what he’s talking about. You never look at the world in the same way after coming down from the top (in my case, a national championship).

The mixture of creativity, discipline and paranoia needed to thrive [quote]

The 10X winners (those who beat their industry indexes by ten times or more) didn’t generally out-innovate everyone else; they combined creativity with discipline so that the discipline amplified the creativity rather than destroying it, all the while remaining productively paranoid so as to stay alive in the face of big, unexpected shocks.

- Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and the new book: Great by Choice, when asked what surprised him most about the findings in his new publication

Maybe it was bold determination or simple insanity [quote]

Maybe it was bold determination or simple insanity that made her apply for roles she was incredibly under-qualified for, but she was thriving on the pain of failure. With every failed interview, she went home and studied every question that was asked to her, thoroughly ripped apart computer science topics that she never fathomed she would need to know.

In 9 months, she went from never writing code in her life, to writing code every day.  She tripled her salary.  She has job satisfaction.  The tools she solidifies helps change an industry for the better.  Jane does things that matter.

A great (true!) story on the power of persistence in achieving what you want from your career → You Are The Average of Your Five Closest Friends