How to Overcome “Drifting” In Life

We’ve all been there.

Spending a few weeks, months, and most-often years drifting about waiting for some sign or an opportunity to arrive directly before us.

Sometimes this happens. Sometimes it doesnt. And sometimes if you wait long enough, inspiration will strike.

Where to next?

However, as any professional artists knows – inspiration is for amateurs. In the simple act of sitting down to do the work, you learn, grow, change, and find inspiration. There’s a beautiful, yet confronting saying by Chuck Close that touches on this point:

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”

This morning, I listened to the the “Daily Calm” meditation on the Calm app for my phone. This feature is usually 10 minutes where the first 8 are silent or guided meditation, and the last 2 minutes are comprised of a thought-provoking story, concept, idea – something to challenge our normal ways of thinking.

Today’s was on guidance and it was powerful in it’s differentness from the way we traditionally think about the world around us and our lives. I’ve shared it below for you to read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“There are times when life can feel directionless. 

Perhaps, we’ve tried to pursue one career for many years, yet it hasn’t worked out the way we’d hoped.

Perhaps, we’ve been seeking inspiration or purpose, but it hasn’t become clear. 

Life can stall and the grip of stagnation can affect our relationships, career, or entire life.

It’s as though we’re on a raft, rocking in the waves, adrift in the ocean, forgetting how we ever got there. We want to set off and chart a new course, but we feel lost and aimless.

So how can we find new momentum after years of drifting?

Well there’s no magical map to help us find land, but the principle of Beginner’s Mind can help us discover new sources of direction.

Beginner’s Mind teaches us that in every moment lies and opportunity to see something new. When we’re stuck, it helps us see things with a newfound openness and child-like curiousity.

If we bring Beginner’s Mind to our stagnation, we can rise above the regrets and judgments that might be keeping us stuck.

We can see beyond the things we’ve been told are imossible. The narratives we tell ourselves about our limits. We become unecumbered by our past, so we’re able to imagine fresh ideas and new strategies to get us moving.

As Thich Nhat Hanh said, “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”

And that includes abdonding the idea that where you are right now is wrong, because it may be an important part of your journey.

There are times when we drift, maybe even for years, and in that time we learn, we change, we grow. Drifting can feel scary, but it can also be viewed as exciting when viewed with a curious mind and a boundless sense of newness and possibility.

And now, take one last deep breath….”

If you are drifting:

  • Find solace that everyone drifts at one point or another.
  • Consider this part of your life a beautiful chapter in your autobiography in which you can refer back to many times for it’s learnings and what it provided to you at this point in your life.
  • Rise above the regret and judgement and try doing the work (as Chuck would say), approaching your current situation with Beginner’s Mind.

    And if you’re new to the of Begginer’s mind, below are 11 ways to develop Beginner’s Mind (or as the Budhists call it, Shoshin), found from this Inc article:

  1. Take one step at a time.
  2. Fall down seven times, get up eight times.
  3. Use Don’t Know mind. Don’t pre-judge.
  4. Live without shoulds.
  5. Make use of experience. Don’t negate experience, but keep an open mind on how to apply it to each new circumstance.
  6. Let go of being an expert.
  7. Experience the moment fully.
  8. Disregard common sense.
  9. Discard fear of failure.
  10. Use the spirit of enquiry.
  11. Focus on questions, not answers.

When you’re ready to start a new chapter, I want to help. I’ve written a guide to help you navigate your way to the the job of your dreams. If you’re seeking more, please reach out in the contact form and tell me how I can.

How to Get a Job at a Company That’s Out of Your League

We all want one, a job that changes our lives forever. Maybe it is the happiness that we’d gain on a day-to-day basis we’re seeking. Or maybe it’s the skills we’d develop as we grow into the role, or perhaps it’s the passionate network of people we’d be exposed to every day.

Well, unfortunately, it’s out of our reach, but not for long.

Here are the 6 things you can do to get the job of your dreams, at the company of your dreams.

  1. Make sure the company is right for you.

Often we get excited by the shiny exterior of the company. It can be the attractiveness of the website, their down-to-earth social media presence, or perhaps it’s just the product we like.

Appreciating these from the exterior, are all very different than spending 40+ hours a week immersed in the company, and it’s culture.

Before you dive into the application process, do some research on the company’s culture. Find out what their values are, what they look for in team members, and what other employees have to say.

How can you do that? Leverage these 3 websites:

  • The company’s website. See if there’s any content on pages like  “careers” or “our team” to help you see what they’re like behind the scenes.
  • Google. Turn to Google and type “culture and [company name].” You’re looking for website pages, powerpoint presentations they’ve produced and anything else you can get your hands on which seems credible. Many companies like Netflix, HubSpot, and Zappos often put out powerpoints, website pages, and books dedicated to discussing their culture.
  • Last but not least, Glassdoor. There are tons of employee-written reviews for you to read readily at your fingertips.

Here’s an example of what Facebook’s company reviews page looks like:

 

2. Understand the company’s mission and strategy.

Understanding and believing in the company’s mission is critical to being hired. Why? Because it helps you understand the reason why the company exists, what drives them and every employe every day, and details what your work would help them to accomplish.

A quick Google search using individual executive’s names and the company name can help you see any public-facing presentations, blogs, or books they’ve written about their company and what their purpose is in the world.

If you don’t know any executives, look at the company website to see if they’re listed as team members or you can look at LinkedIn.

The content you find here should be inspiring, purpose-driven, and help you to get a sense of the philosophical approach or stance the company has in their industry.

3. Build up domain knowledge and expertise.

If you’ve read up about the company’s culture, purpose, and the mountains they’re trying to move are and are still inspired, then it’s time to move on to this step – knowledge acquisition.

If you are applying for a marketing, sales, designer or a PM role – there is a lot of helpful content out there for you to learn from. Here are some I’d recommend:

Marketers:

Sales Reps:

Designers:

Product Managers:

Developers/Engineers:

Entrepreneurs 

4. Develop your network and create some meaningful connections

Now is the time to focus on developing meaningful relationships with your potential future teammates.

You can find team members by looking up employees on LinkedIn, and then use Google or Twitter to find them online. Yes, this might feel like stalking, but it’s worth it if these are the people you’re going to be with for 40+ hours a week.

And as the Jim Rohn saying goes, you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Don’t you want to make sure they’re people you respect?

Not only is it helpful to get a sense of who these people are, but you’ll find out some of the things they’re passionate about and what makes them tick. This information is especially valuable for the people that will interview you. Communicating with a person that you saw their Twitter profile, and that you too, like cats is a great way to build rapport when interviewing for any position. Even better, is mentioning a piece of content they wrote which you’ve read and sharing the specific parts you enjoyed shows you are thorough. Did we mention it also just feels great to have someone reference a piece of content you’ve developed? While doing this won’t transform you from a “no” candidate to a “yes” candidate for hiring, it does help if they’re questioning your hunger or passion for the job and can help them off the proverbial fence.

The last benefit to doing your research and connecting with these people is that it shows you’ve done your research. If someone views your profile on LinkedIn while logged in to their account, you can see that they’ve looked at your page. If you’re retweeting some content they’ve tweeted or published themselves, then it shows you’re committed to the job and have gone above and beyond what most candidates do. Trust me, I’ve interviewed a lot of people in my day, and many candidates don’t do basic research on the team they’re joining, nevermind the people they’ll be working under, beside, or above.

Join the conversation by answering some Quora questions with your newfound knowledge. Or you can join a group on LinkedIn or a Slack room. And lastly, search Reddit or Google to see if there are any websites or forums dedicated solely to your desired company or field of expertise.

All of these are small signs that go a long way not only in interviews but in helping you to become part of the community truly.

5. Refine your resume

There are entire business models built around helping people to refine and polish their resume. I won’t go into it in depth here, but if you email me (using the Contact) form, I’ll take a look and make some recommendations.

With that being said, here are some points I’d make based on my experience from interviewing candidates and reviewing their resumes over the years:

This should go without saying, but be 100% honest. 

Have it be up-to-date. Make sure your street address, phone number, and email address are all places they can reach you. If your email isn’t your name – time to update it. Make it a gmail account too. Instead of GotTangxoxo5667@yahoo.com, use “yourfullname@gmail.com” or “firstname.lastname@gmail.com” or even “lastname.firstname@gmail.com”. A professional email address shows your professionalism.

Sign up for a gmail account here.

Make sure it’s consistent. Are you using periods after your bullet points? Then make sure every bullet point includes periods. Have you aligned your dates on the far right of the page? These are the small details that people tend to overlook that can cost you credibility.

Include numbers to quantify your case. If you’ve grown a social media presence, then include by how much. If you regularly sent emails for a previous company, then include the numerical amount of people that were part of this database. If you ran a community, include how many people were part of it and what percentage of growth you were able to achieve.

Here is a great example that Monster.com used in one of their articles on resume writing tips:

Which one is more comprehensive and helpful for a recruiter and employer to read, A or B?
A. Supervisor in a popular restaurant destination.
B. Recruited, hired, trained, and supervised more than 20 employees in a restaurant with $2 million in annual sales.

You guessed it, B – by far.

And don’t forget to include any certifications, awards you’ve won, or volunteer work you’ve done. If you’ve been an employee of the month, were asked to MC a company event, or have been a “big brother” or “big sister” for a while – be sure to include those too!

Let your personality shine through. Way back when (almost 7 years ago), I included under “skills” that I was excellent at foosball when applying to HubSpot, and it helped me to stand out from the norm while injecting my style. One caveat here, if you’re applying to a company that wouldn’t appreciate this, then it’s probably best to leave it off your resume.

Ready to send it over? HAVE SOMEONE PROOFREAD IT FIRST! No matter how hard you try, they’ll always find at least one grammatical or typo issue. It’s just part of life. And if they don’t, then maybe you should mention in your interview how you have excellent grammar and are impeccable with attention to detail.

Want to see an example? Here’s a link to my resume, Sarah Bedrick Resume 1A

 

6.  Clean-Up and polish your online presence

Purge any and all Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter photos that you don’t want you future employer to see. Remove anything even remotely in question. You don’t want to be a robot, but you also don’t want to have them questioning your judgment before you come in for the interview.

While you’re at it, upload a new and more professional image. Find a white or brick background and have someone snap a photo of you with a smile. Nothing sultry, no smirks, just a kind, confident smile.

Lastly, Google search your name. Get a sense of what pops up, as this is content that your future employer might see as well. If there’s something you don’t like, remove it. If you can’t remove it, then try to outrank it. To outrank it, start a free wordpress.com blog with your full name and write a post or two. You can also make sure you’ve signed up for LinkedIn and Twitter, and your profiles are public. Sign up for other public-facing accounts like on AngelList and beef up your profiles, so they are considered better, more relevant search results for your name in the eyes of Google.

And now you are officially ready to apply. Good luck!

7 Websites To Help You Find a Job in Tech

You’re ready to start your job search. You’ve done all of your necessary learning, certification-course-taking, and resume updating.

Here are some of the most prevalent websites today that will help you find a job you love.

  1. Angel List

AngelList not only hosts a ton of technology jobs like software, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency – jobs posted there are available in tons of locations worldwide and of all levels from entry-level to c-suite.

Right now, there are 24,346 startups currently hiring through AngelList.

Take advantage of the filtering functionality, and be sure to save it and have daily emails sent to you with the most recent jobs which were posted and fit your filters.

Their secret sauce – hiring for early-stage startups.

2. LinkedIn Jobs

By signing up for a LinkedIn profile, you’re hooked into their network. It’s okay if you don’t have any professional experience to add yet or that you’re not proud of them because they don’t align with your future goals. Filling out your profile in a professional and positive manner is the foundational elements to getting closer to the job of your dreams.

Their secret sauce: Wildly robust information due to integrations with your profile’s information, other people’s profiles and information – like how you may stack-up against other candidates, and the company’s information.

Some other benefits of LinkedIn Premium account that we love.

You have access to data regarding their company’s employee growth over the years. Positive growth is a good sign.

You can see an estimated salary compensation. Obviously, this isn’t always accurate and you shouldn’t rely too heavily on it, but it’s a nice-to-have for the curious.

If there are enough job applicants, you can see how you stack up against other job applicants. For this Amazon Alexa program ManAger job, I’m currently in the 10% of applicants based on my LinkedIn profile. Hence the importance of your profile and the information on there. In this case, the skills you’ve added as well as the skills others have endorsed you for are what it’s pulling from.

Bonus tip on using LinkedIn, some time ago they purchased an online learning platform – Lynda. With the purchase of this platform, they also acquired all of the fantastic educational videos and resources that were available. If you haven’t already, sign up for a free LinkedIn premium account for a month to start taking the courses they offer. A note of caution, if you don’t have or want to fork over $30 for a monthly subscription to a premium account, make sure you set a reminder on your phone or computer calendar to cancel your account before the month is up.

 

3. Glassdoor

There’s a lot to love about Glassdoor including it’s a great place to read company reviews as there’s a rating feature as well as pro and con reviews from people who have worked there. You can use their “Know Your Worth” tool to see what you can expect to get paid. Most of all, for the purposes of this article, the robustness of the jobs available.

Glassdoor is considered one of the industry leaders and first spots that companies head to when looking to hire someone.

Their secret sauce – they have more tools to help you find a job you love than just job postings. Take advantage of their other tools.


4. Indeed

Over 10,000,000 have been shared on their website, so when they say search from millions of jobs – they aren’t kidding. Obviously, not all of them are in the technology-related field, but recruiters do find there way there.

Their secret sauce – they have more than just tech jobs.


5. RemoteOK.IO

Remote OK is a website based on the premise of helping people find remote work and helping companies find remote workers.

Just how many opportunities are there where you can work remote? A lot. And with companies like Remote Year, Roam CoLiving/Coworking, and Unsettled emerging every day, the remote work opportunities are simply going to continue to expand.

Their secret sauce – they focus just on remote workers.

6. The Ladders

The Ladders started out many years ago as a business focused on job postings with salaries over $100,000, they’ve held true to their mission years later.

This website might be more tailored to the people who have already selected a career path and have some experience.

Their secret sauce – they’re focused on $100,000 and up paying jobs, along with people who are already somewhat experienced in their career.

One thing we do love is how in their website footer (the part all the way to the bottom), you can select jobs based on companies, industries, cities, and job roles. They lay it out which is great for some direction if you’re not sure where to start.

7. The website of the business you love.

Did you find the perfect mixture of your passion for painting housing intersecting with tech in PaintZen? Then look at their careers page. What about transitioning to a tech-based real estate software like Redfin or Zillow? Check out their websites too.

If you find a job you love, follow this blog post to stand out, enhance your chances of getting an interview which secures the job role. Just swap out the name “HubSpot” and place in your company’s name – How to get hired at HubSpot.

Our mission at Tech Job Training for Americans

About three months ago, I quit my excellent job at a tech company in which I’d worked at for ~6.5 years. I was in need of change; a new challenge with a steep learning curve where I could get back to my roots of helping individuals. In tandem, my fiance and I decided we’d use my time off as a sabbatical and travel. We traveled around the United States for over 45 days, and in that time, we visited twelve National Parks, visited seven major cities, and explored the US, each other, and ourselves. Yes, we’re so privileged to have the opportunity to take that trip.

 

After returning to Boston, there was one thing I couldn’t get out of my head. It was the sheer volume of once thriving cities and towns that were now barrenCompanies had closed down, and people moved, leaving behind broken-down ghost cities.
That’s when it began to sink in – the middle class is shrinking, and quickly. 
Witnessing the run-down cities and speaking to people we met, it’s clear to see the impact the economic and policy change, and lack of job training and retraining is having on Americans. However, businesses are being affected tremendously as well.

The positives of our current US economy

We can see that the stock market is reaching all-time highs (Dow topped 23,000 points recently), housing prices are out of control, and unemployment is at an all-time low at 4.2% in September.
NASDAQ & DOW ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH

Housing Prices in $’000 in Major Cities; thEY’RE UP.

Source: The Economist. Side note: If you think your smaller city is safe from housing price increases, it turns out many people and tech giants are escaping these prices themselves and moving to Denver, Austin, Nashville, Raleigh, Salt Lake, etc. I wrote about it last week here.

Unemployment rates since 2007; rATES ARE way down.

There’s a lot that you don’t see with these numbers though.

The real story of our current US economy

What you don’t see is that in 2016, the percentage of Americans in poverty was 12.7% in 2016; a number has remained stagnant for more than a decade. Wages for hourly-earners has remained stagnant too. And I won’t get started on the tragic 22% increase in drug overdoses from 2015 to 2016.

wAGES HAVE BEEN Flat Since Pre-2008

Drug Overdose Deaths 2000 – 2016. 22% Increase from 2015 to 2016.

Who is responsible for this crazy economic growth then? Folks who work in the tech sector. In 2015, the average salary for a person in tech was ~108,000, while the *median household income* was less than half of that at $53,130.

Tech Industry Wages VS National Average

 
I could go on. Mind you; the tech gap is only going to continue to grow once self-driving cars launch, and artificial intelligence and automation evolve. I work in tech, and I feel the rate of technological advancement happening around me.
I was lucky to get a job in tech after I graduated from college and since then have helped a lot of friends bridge the gap, including my husband and a few friends.

What are people/COMPANIES/GOVERNMENT doing to solve the problem?

Not too much, yet.
Media outlets are finally starting to discuss and cover the issues. Recently, WIRED published an article decrying the frustrated businesses who feel colleges are inadequately preparing students for the labor force. The editorial says that there’s a problem of universities not being able to keep up with the pace of technological change, which leads to a combination of problem poor course-work, as well as lack of degrees in new areas like data analytics
Businesses are developing courses to train their employees.
It’s a well-known fact that the government isn’t doing much to train or retrain the labor force. That’s why Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, even put his hat in the ring and gave Donald Trump a $5million proposal for a jobs training program.
I wish I could speak more on the people aspect. I can address what I’m doing though. Enter the mission of this website.

The purpose of Tech Job Training for Americans:

Help Americans gain the knowledge, skills, and network they need to succeed in a continuously evolving job marketplace.

Interested in learning more? Here’s what you can do thus far:

Lastly, if you’re interested in joining me in creating a resource with guidance and networking to help Americans break into a field they’ll love – and with a salary they can survive on – please fill out the contact form. Any tips people have on great books, resources, places to learn, etc. are much appreciated, or if you’d like to contribute in any other capacity not mentioned, please do reach out.

Below are some of the resources I used to gather the data, as well as learn about the current state of the US economy:

Free ProductHunt Book “How to Build a Career in Tech” Now Available

Today, ProductHunt announced the release of a free 100-page book with the details on how to get a job in tech.

The book is a culmination of advice their  550 community LIVE Chats over two years with remarkable founders, investors, and best-selling authors. Some of the information featured in the book comes from the following experts:

  • Tim Ferriss: Author of many top-selling books including “The 4-Hour Workweek.”
  • Ben Horowitz: Author of “The Hard Thing About Things” and General Partner in well-known Venture Capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz.
  • Jessica Livingston: Founding partner of the seed stage venture firm YXCombinator.
  • Jack Dorsey: CEO of Twitter and Square.

LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR NETWORK, DEVELOP SKILLS, AND FIND A CAREER YOU’LL LOVE IN TECH.

Download it here.

Recent Prediction Says AI Will Put More Jobs at Risk Than Were Eliminated By The Great Recession

About 10,000,000 jobs are said to be at risk due to the incoming artificial intelligence technologies.

As CB Insights stated in their recent article on the topic:

The shift from traditional manufacturing to computer-enabled industry took nearly a century. But the shift from personal computing to billions of smartphones, massive networks, and the IoT has taken just a couple of decades.

And the next phase of technological evolution is already underway: advanced neural networks that learn, adapt, and respond to situations.

Yes, this is real. This is not a drill. This is the confronting future that Americans are about to face in the not-so-distant future.

Here are the jobs predicted to be hit most by the upcoming changes in technology:

Cooks and servers are the most at risk due to automation with nurses  and health aides at a lower risk.

If you’re a cook, server, cleaner, mover or a warehouse worker, you should start training for a new career.

See what other findings CB Insights has found here: https://www.cbinsights.com/research/jobs-automation-artificial-intelligence-risk/

Don’t like where this is going? We’ll just leave this frustrating but totally accurate quote here:

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Creates WOZ U, a New Online University

“People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.”

– Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder.

Yes! Finally, people who can impact change are starting to pay attention and solve the problem of expensive education and lack of job training for the careers of today. Yesterday, we wrote about the state of the US economy using maps, and I’d like to refer to the following graphic again:

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, and CompTIA; estimates for 2016

People in the tech sector make more than twice the amount than the median household income in 2016. And now there are said that 1 in 3 people are working in a tech career.  These are the underlying reasons that we’ve created our training programs, guidance, and education for people to evolve along with today’s changing job marketplace.

Interested in a tech career? Here’s more information about how Woz U could help.

The mission of WOZ U:

“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” says Wozniak.

Yes. Also, he understands the importance of education and easy access to it as he was once an elementary school teacher.

What courses are offered?

Currently, the only courses available online include ones related to software development, but the institute plans to debut in 2018 classes related to data science, mobile apps, and cybersecurity, according to the Woz U website.

How much will it cost?

Prices for the courses have not yet been disclosed.

How long do the courses last?

In 2019, Woz U plans a 12-to-16 month-long accelerator program that is intended help school leaders identify the institute’s best students and place them in leading technology companies.

Other reasons to check it out:

  • Woz U plans to work with technology companies to help them “recruit and train, or even retrain, a workforce.” The institute also plans to provide computer science related curriculum to various school districts.
  • “Each platform will offer students personalized learning to meet their needs,” the spokesperson said in an email.

Find the Woz on twitter @stevewoz. Read more on Fortune magazine.

What American Cities, Jobs, and the Economy Looks like Right Now (Shown with Maps)

 

America is changing all around us. Emerging tech giants like Facebook (stock: FB $188), Amazon (stock: AMZN $1,100), and Uber are hiring employees and driving up housing prices in cities where their headquarters are. People are moving more around the country than ever to find the next big tech hub. This mass migration is driving up housing prices in cities across the US. The city dwellers invest in housing prices which will go up over time, and the rich are getting richer, and the poor are becoming poorer.

 

As our nation evolves, some data points tell the intriguing story unfolding around us. The maps below strive to tell the story of our current State of America in 2017.

The Real State of America, 2017 

Current Unemployment rates by state (August 2017)

Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Most Common JOBS IN EACH STATE over time, 1984-2014:

1984

1994

2004

2014

Notice how secretaries made way for truck drivers, and then truck drivers have begun to make way for software developers. The last graphic shows the nation three years ago. Imagine what the next few years will look like with the emergence of self-driving cars. That future is a lot closer than most people realize.

Source: NPR, 2015

Where Americans live:

Where 20% of the US lives but 50% of the wealth occurs:

WHERE PEOPLE ARE MOVING (Red means population decrease, blue population increase)

 

High School Graduate Rates

 

 

PERCENTAGE OF WORKFORCE IN TECHNOLOGY

Top 35 US Cities for Tech Jobs

 

Source: USA Today, March 2017.

most funded tech startups in each state

Do you notice some tech giants making their way into this list? Duolingo, Uber, and LivingSocial are just a few of the up-and-coming tech companies who will employ a large percentage of Americans, and improve our economy.

 

VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS by city

Source: Martin Prosperity Insitute, 2016 (Also, the

study was put out by one of my all-time favorite economists, Richard Florida)

The last graphic, while not a map, is critically important for everyone to understand. The wages of tech workers are 105% higher than the national average. Keep in mind that the median household income in 2016 was $53,130.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, and CompTIA; estimates for 2016

Yes – wages are growing, unemployment is decreasing, jobs are being created, and the stock market is higher than it’s ever been.

However, other metrics tell a different story, and that is that not everyone is benefiting from this economic growth.

Data on income equality, median household income as shown above, percentages of people living in poverty (12.7% in 2016 – mainly stagnant from 2007, pre-recession days), and lop-sided cities where the only people who can afford to live there work in tech tell a different story.

It’s time for us to educate our nation, develop new regulation,  and build new and powerful job training programs – which is the sole purpose of this website – to truly make America great again.

Want to learn more? Here are some excellent resources on the topics covered above.

As usual, we welcome any questions or comments in the box below.

Americans are moving to more affordable cities & so are the tech giants

Today, I came across a very thoughtful and meaningful article from the Redfin CEO, Glenn Kelman.

In case you aren’t familiar with REDFIN (RDFN), it’s a home buying and selling app for your smartphone which helps you to buy or sell your home. In the past year, my partner and I used it to purchase and sell our house.

This article talks about a reason why there is a mass migration happening around the US right now from citizens. While in early innings, below find Glenn Kelman’s most salient points synthesized. Read about the impact of the mass migration, whether you’re in tech or not:

  • Tech companies once saturating San Fransisco and Silicon Valley are now searching for better places to start and expand their businesses. “Better places” mean lower cost of living/doing business and available talent.

“In the past twelve months alone, Facebook announced plans to double the size of its Seattle presence, Google broke ground on a massive new Seattle campus in Amazon’s South Lake Union neighborhood, and Apple expanded its Seattle office as a hub for artificial intelligence. “

  • These tech companies are now even having problems expanding and even maintaining in Seattle now, and the Mass Tech Migration has now begun for talent to move to more affordable areas.

“But now Amazon has decided to open a second headquarters, hiring 50,000 people outside of Seattle.” …

… “All of these companies are exploring new cities for a variety of reasons, but a big one has been to follow the talent to a lower cost of living. This began with folks leaving San Francisco for Seattle years ago, and now some in Seattle are leaving for places like Portland, Denver, and Nashville.”

Top sales reps like Jennie White has left Boston in search of Facebook in Austin. Brin Chartier of Tablelist has moved to Austin. Dan Zarella, the former Social Media Scientist at HubSpot in Cambridge, now lives in Las Vegas. Rachel Goodman Moore has moved from SF-area to Seattle.

  • Housing prices in significant tech cities like SF, Seattle, NYC, and Boston are incredibly high because of stock awarded to tech employees. When employees are paid a slightly higher-than-normal salary and are paid extremely well with stock, the stock is how they can find a down-payment for an expensive home and then continue to pay for it. Tech companies are what drive higher home prices.

“And of course, this stock was the only way most employees could afford to live in a town like San Francisco or, increasingly, Seattle.” …

… “In an age of freeways and airplanes, of cloud-computing, virtual meetings and Github, it was impossible that such differences in wealth and politics could remain so stark over such small distances for so long.”

Here’s what 500,000 will buy you in Seattle:

Here’s what 500,000 will buy you in Nashville:

Here’s what 500,000 will buy you in Boston:


See listing on Redfin.

Here’s what 500,000 will buy you in Raleigh:


See listing on Redfin.

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US loses jobs for first time in 7 years, but it’s not all bad.

The US lost 33,000 jobs in September — the first negative number since 2010. Analysts were expecting Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to hit hiring, but still anticipated a gain of 80,000 jobs.

Some expect a rebound in October, particularly with rising demand in the construction industry for hurricane damage repairs, while others predict this could have an impact on jobs for years.

Yes, while this might seem like bad news, there are positive signs that the economy is strong and improving. Examples include:

  • wages rising
  • the unemployment rate hit a 16-year low of 4.2%a
  • and the Dow Jones and Nasdaq are being basically at their highest point ever.

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