This post originally appeared as issue 160 of the Daily Job Hunt email. Sign up for kick-butt career hype in your inbox each morning.
Why do we write the DJH every day? Just so you can find a job and pay the bills?
No, it’s beyond that.
We want to start a damn revolution.
We want people to wake up in the morning and COME ALIVE.
Why do you think there are so many problems in the world, like health issues and depression and divorce rates and income gaps and incarceration rates and poorly educated children?
Lots of reasons, sure. But one big one is maybe because so many people feel dead inside, and disempowered.
It’s time to change that, and you’re an early part of the revolt!
Listen to your inner soul, and go take agency today. Take just a little creative action.
The ripple effects for your life and others’ will be immeasurable.
3 Questions for Linda
She not only built it, she shows her whole process by documenting her work. She learned to code in 30 days!
This is how you built a professional signal in the 21st century, people!
We asked Linda three questions. Here are her answers:
1) What motivated you to start Top Startups, and what was the first step to get it going?
I started Top Startups (topstartups.io) because I found looking for promising startups to be a huge pain. LinkedIn and Angel are too noisy, and most VC portfolio sites are very barebones. I bounced a lot between Crunchbase, VC sites, LinkedIn pages, Glassdoor etc. So I wanted to bring all of these sources under one roof and use investor funding as a signal for quality.
2) Tell us about learning to code in 30 days. Did you think it would be harder than it was?
It was easier to get started than I expected but harder to finish. Most basic questions are well covered on Stack Overflow so I could just tweak top-voted answers to suit my needs. BUT for more niche cases, required a lot more tinkering and sometimes complete rewrites. 95% of the time was spent on 5% of the problems. Wrote about this in more detail here:
3) Why did you decide to share your process of learning publicly?
Building and coding are inherently lonely activities; sharing my learning process makes it less lonely. Also great to gather feedback and traction along the way!
Quote of the Day
“Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect.”
— Rob Reiner