You recently landed a “product evangelist” job at Draftbit. How did that come about?
It’s a long story that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Here’s how it happened:
Somewhere around June, I had a serious intention to join an early-stage startup. I have a habit called 5min manifestation where I journal first thing every morning. I literally wrote in my journal for many days that “I will join a startup soon, work with the best people, and create an impact in the world.” The universe plots with you I guess, my manifestation started taking action.
I run a weekly newsletter called Productivize
which goes out every Monday. I don’t remember which Monday but after shipping the edition for some reason I went to Hacker News to share my latest newsletter issue. For some reason I went to the jobs tab in the menu, for some reason I searched for product jobs, for some reason I found that Draftbit is hiring, for some reason I stopped everything and searched who is the CEO to DM him about the role, for some reason Brian Luerssen and half of Drafbit team were already following me on Twitter, for some reason he replied, we connected and the interview process started.
After multiple rounds of interviews, on Aug 18th Brian offered me the role of Product Evangelist over a Twitter DM (I’m literally getting goosebumps writing this) I heard a lot of stories about people getting opportunities on Twitter but never imagined it will happen to me. It was a surreal experience. I’m planning to write a detailed thread on Twitter so stay tuned.
In short, I tasted the power of manifestation, intention, and action. That’s the formula I believe anybody can use in their own lives to get anything they want.
Why did you decide to join a startup? And why Draftbit?
I gained some leverage by shipping products and building an audience on the Internet. But in order to be a founder, I felt I needed to learn how a startup works as a true insider, hence I wanted to be a startup operator. Also, I felt it’s the right time to take the next big step in my life.
Draftbit is a perfect match for me for many reasons. It is a no-code tool, the role is 50% product 50% community building, they sponsor my work visa, they are an early-stage startup which went to YC, I will be their 10th hire and more importantly I love the vision and is aligned to the values I carry.
What are you most excited about in this new job? What are your goals?
The most exciting thing is I’m now a startup operator. It was one of those dreams I had when I came to the US 7yrs ago. I’m grateful that I’m living it today.
My goals are very clear: learn how startups operate, execute new ideas/experiments and share the lessons along the way. Build leverage as an insider, make a lot of worthy connections and pay it forward.
What is a piece of advice you’d give to someone who’s looking for a job in an ambitious startup?
- If you want to get a job at a startup, you need to have leverage. One of the best ways to create leverage is to build a community while you build products for them. I advise people to start building leverage as it plays the single most important role.
- Be active on Twitter and share whatever you are doing aka #buildinpublic
- Follow the formula - start manifesting what you want, form a firm intention to provide value to others, take action by doing micro-actions, don’t expect results, and have extreme fun.