What if You Could Securitize Yourself?

Years ago, I read a Sci-Fi book called The Unincorporated Man. It was only so-so as a work of fiction, but it had a core idea that I am super interested in. Trade-able shares of individual people. I love markets in everything. Well, the truth is that everything already is a market if you broaden…


This is how you 'Crash your career'!

I love seeing what creative stuff job-seekers come up with on their job hunt. We built Crash to reframe the whole concept of discovering great roles, building a skill profile to signal your ability, and pitching yourself to companies through both the "Shotgun" and "Sniper" approach to your job hunt…


Some Goals I Can Get Behind

I'm not a fan of goals. I've written about this before, but the TLDR is goals don't inspire me much and mostly seem like baggage, distraction, and stress creators. I prefer to just stick to some simple heuristics (don't do stuff you hate, don't do stuff you suck at, create value for people, make…


Why Me?

I was talking to my Crash colleague Dave last night about the questions investors ask of companies. They want to know what the problem is, how big the market is, why the time is now, and why you are the team to do it. That last one is my favorite because it's the easiest for me to answer. There are…


Be Your Own Credential

I will never stop beating this horse even when it's dead. Now is not the time to buy a third party stamp of approval. Now is the time to build a body of work that shows your skills and broadcast that signal to the world. Proof of work > proof of paper. Build a better signal. Create value and…


The Order of What Matters

I was talking to my brother today about all kinds of crazy startup stuff, and how things can get stressful. He said he has a list he comes back to in this order: Family Health Customers Team Investors Other stuff He said he does a mental rundown of this list to see if things are going OK. If the…


Three Phases of Personal Progress

Discovery Building Launching We use these as a framework for career launch at Crash, but it applies much more broadly. In fact, I think this is the best pattern for pretty much any kind of leveling up. Discovery is the exploration phase. This is where judgement is a killer, competition and FOMO…


Bed Rest Haiku

I dream of reading All day without distraction When it comes it sucks


Archaeology is an Infant

There are thousands of ancient structures that no one knows anything about. From elaborate underground cities to buried megaliths, there are countless pieces of the past that no one knows who created, when, why, or how. We are utterly stumped. Hundreds of times over. And that's just with the stuff…


Unexpected Lift

Alright I'm gonna have to do today's post from my phone again. I'm sitting in SLC waiting to board a flight home to CHS. I was supposed to be here two more days then to San Francisco for 11 days to finish up the 500 Startups program I've been in all summer with the Crash team. It culminates in Demo…