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Getting laid-off sucks
By Nick Frost • Issue #5 • View online
Hey, it’s been a while, sorry about that.
Here’s a quick run through of the past 2 years. They were definitely rollercoaster years and I’ve learned a lot about what I love and what I don’t.
🤦‍♂️ April 2018 - March 2019 (WTF was I thinking?)
  • Kept working in the crypto world with Justin Wu and Tom Osman (I don’t love crypto and probably should’ve left sooner).
🤷‍♂️ March 2019 - January 2020 (I do love working with startups!)
  • After flailing in crypto and feeling unfulfilled, I let the startup tech community know that I wanted back in.
  • Luckily, I received a lot of great opportunities and after weighing them, I joined
  • That company is building some software test automation AI that will change how all technology is built in the future.
  • 10 months into that job, we mutually realized it wasn’t the right fit, so I was let go.
2020, so far
  • That hurt at first because I didn’t know what I was going to do next. It was a similar feeling I had after moving to Los Angeles when Mattermark was sold to FullContact and let everyone go.
  • With no work obligations and some severance to lean on, February became the month I’d focus on some personal issues.
  • We’ll table that bit, for now.
Even before leaving, I’d been talking with Evan Walden of about a marketing project he had in mind. That conversation stayed alive for 4 months. In March, as the COVID-19 crisis began to economically impact startups and people with tech jobs, Evan told me about a community project he had in mind that could help.
Simply put, it feels like COVID-19 has split our world into two: those needing help and those wanting to help.
As of mid-April, I, along with an incredible team and, have been focusing our time building
💡 is a community-driven, pro bono initiative to connect recently laid-off talent with companies that are actively hiring within the tech community. takes the idea of layoff lists a few steps further by using a volunteer network of expert recruiters to source our platform and introduce talent directly to companies with open roles.
🙌 In addition to partnerships with VCs and hiring companies, we’re building an Advocate Network of volunteers and recruiters who are willing to contribute a few hours/week of their time to help.
💥 Do you know of companies hiring or talent looking for new roles? Sign up on our platform to receive talent or get introduced to companies at
💥 Want to use your recruiting skillset or network to help people find jobs? Sign up as a Getro Advocate
Here’s a blog post with more details on how it works.
We’re all in this together! Please share with your team, investors, communities, and people you know that have been affected by COVID-19 related layoffs.
Thank you for reading and I hope you and your loved ones are safe.
Nick - @nickrfrost


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