There are some amazing young hustlers and hackers in New York City. And some of them aren’t even doing anything interesting YET.
Some of them are working on startups that will most certainly fail. Others aren’t even working on startups yet. Some still have a lot to learn.
But awesome people learn. Grow. Naturally meet other awesome people. And awesome people do awesome stuff.
So I want to know these rising stars. While they’re working on a crappy company. Or at a crappy job.
I don’t want to work with them now, I want to work with them five years from now when they’re kicking ass.
It’s a long-term game. I’m going to be around for a long time. So I’ll start that relationship now and try to be helpful.
I always put more value on the person than on job titles or backgrounds. It’s kind of a sixth sense for me…After a short period of talking with someone I feel I can get a good idea of their character and potential.
It’s early to say whether or not I’m right for valuing these kind of relationships, but I’ve already started to see some benefit of thinking this way as people I’ve known for a while have started moving on to bigger and better things.
Bottom line: focus on people, not job titles. It’s not just where they are now, it’s where they will be. And where you will be.
I was going to mention a few of these rising stars. So that in ten years when they’re crushing it I can say I told you so. But I’ll spare them 🙂