“we’re not worried that you know everything, as much as we are that you can learn everything”
A YC backed startup saying this to me, a 20-year-old without any real professional design experience, was surprising. Let me explain.
On Monday I’m starting a new chapter at Convictional, a Toronto based startup that’s building the operating system for B2B trade. Or at least that’s what I think they do, as I’m not totally sure and just ripped that last part from the company’s Angel List page. But what I do know is that I’m employee number 7 and I’ll be taking ownership of all things design and front end development. My goal with this is to tell the story I get to live and share it with those who are interested. As someone who’s generally curious about all the nuances of what people are doing, I’m writing something I’d like to read. I think it would be cool to share my progress in the form of mockups and wireframes, receive feedback, and go back to iterate of that design.
When I saw the job listing on Angel List I didn’t actually apply, instead, I reached out to Roger (one of the co-founders), on Linkedin and asked if he’d like to jump on a call. I have this rule where if a company has less than 50 people I try and get in front of whoever is in charge as I think this makes a good first impression. At 20 years old, I don’t have much to show for and resumes have never done me any favors, in fact, Convictional never even asked for one.
Instead, they took an amazing approach having me speak with 3 of the people I’d be working closely with including the other co-founder, Chris. I had back to back to back 30-minute hangout calls and after that, they held an internal vote on whether they liked me or not. A few days later, Roger asked if I could meet up sometime soon just to take a walk and get to know each other a bit more. We ended up meeting on a Sunday morning, and by the end of that, I was told an offer was coming my way. I signed it the next day.
So that’s basically how I got here, one week after that meeting, an offer signed and a start date of Tomorrow. But why am I telling you this?
I want to share this next chapter and I think is the right place. It would be really interesting to see junior designers and developers who want to learn about what working at a startup is really like. I want to be able to answer questions on topics from design and development, to things that aren’t talked about enough like compensation and salary negotiation.
I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting these, maybe once a week? Regardless, I’d love to hear what you have to say and I’ll see you soon? Idk how to end these things.
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