I’m hiring right now because things are going really well.
Instead of just throwing out a bunch of job descriptions I thought I would write a blog post to let folks who come work for me understand what they should expect from the experience.
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Now, a lot of people ask my former employees, many of whom are life-long friends, “What’s it like to work for Jason?”
The answer really depends on when you worked for me. In the first act of my career I was an adrenalin-driven founder, who demanded massive effort from everyone — including myself. We got a lot accomplished, but frankly, I burned people out because I was unreasonable, impatient, and brutal to non-performers.
When I was in my 20s I would have no problem telling someone who worked for me if I thought their idea was “stupid,” their effort “pathetic” or work product “terrible.” People who were tough thrived and the culture was intense.
However, I probably lost good people and there were many uncomfortable, and unnecessary, moments.
Such is the life of a young founder with no experience and who grew up working in a bar in Brooklyn. I don’t fault myself for it and I don’t have a lot of regret.
However, I’ve worked to evolve my sometimes brutal, samurai approach. In fact, these days I think a lot about my legacy, the enjoyment of working on my teams, and how many all-stars I can develop.