The obvious question is what you should do with your singularity. The obvious answer, unfortunately, has been to follow the well-trodden path. You are constantly encouraged to play it safe and be conventional. The future, we are told, is just probabilities and statistics. You are a statistic.

But the obvious answer is wrong. That is selling yourself short. Statistical processes, the law of large numbers, and globalization—these things are timeless, probabilistic, and maybe random. But, like technology, your life is a story of one-time events.

By their nature, singular events are hard to teach or generalize about. But the big secret is that there are many secrets left to uncover. There are still many large white spaces on the map of human knowledge. You can go discover them. So do it. Get out there and fill in the blank spaces. Every single moment is a possibility to go to these new places and explore them.

There is perhaps no specific time that is necessarily right to start your company or start your life. But some times and some moments seem more auspicious than others. Now is such a moment. If we don’t take charge and usher in the future—if you don’t take charge of your life—there is the sense that no one else will.

So go find a frontier and go for it. Choose to do something important and different. Don’t be deterred by notions of luck, impossibility, or futility. Use your power to shape your own life and go and do new things.

Peter Thiel

We (@fusedcow) are hiring our first Business Development Associate

You can learn more about us here: fusedcow.com

We expect you to develop your own leads, ask smart questions, close deals, and make your own decisions. YES, you will close deals. If you want to learn how to close multi-million dollar deals and think you have what it takes to roll with the big boys, this role is for you.

Responsibilities: 

  • Prospecting and developing new relationships into business opportunities. 
  • Evaluating clients needs, developing strategies to solve them, and effectively executing those strategies. 
  • Being proactive and assertive. After you’re up to speed, we’ll help, but don’t want to hold your hand. It’s sweaty! From all the hustling you’ve been doing.
  • Spotting opportunities from around the corner. Stay flexible, keep your ear to the ground and your eyes peeled.
  • You will be required to win. Everyday.
  • Think critically, and get stuff done (that’s why we hired you!); we’re a startup, we hustle.


Success:

Success in this role means success in delivering results through team work and a relentless focus on what’s best for fusedcow. Success means continually holding oneself to the highest of professional and ethical standards and demanding the same of co-workers. Success is walking into fusedcow every work day with an unwavering belief that you can and do influence affairs for the better and that in turn you will stand to reap the rewards both financially and professionally that your contribution merits.

In concrete terms, your success will evidence itself in the following ways:

  • Achieving annual revenue contribution goals
  • Achieving new client acquisition targets
  • Demonstrating proactive ability in reaching executive decision makers for the innovation work that fusedcow does
  • Working well within the existing matrix organization and receiving high peer evaluations as a team player

You are:

Someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies, and where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

You bring to the organization the following competencies:

  • A network of colleagues and past clients who respect you immensely
  • A strong background in premium digital sales with a proven track record in leading cross-functional business development processes
  • A solid (proven) business acumen
  • An ability to lead the strategy for a new client opportunity and lead the big meeting when it happens
  • A problem solving nature that evidences itself in the ability to put together large complex proposals (not just responding to RFPs)
  • A knack for prospering in ambiguous environments, both with customers and internally
  • A dedication to excellence, and the ability to become a trusted advisor to fusedcow’s customers

Apply here

Underdogs are not popular because we are underdogs. Underdogs have to fight for everything. Underdogs have to fight to be heard, to be seen, to be respected. Of course we don’t want to think that we’re them. We want to think we’re winners, that we sit at the special table (you can’t sit with us), that we’re better than everyone else, but what are you winning? What did you win? Shit, what are you even playing, dog?
A philosophy without heart and a faith without intellect are abstractions from the true life of knowledge and faith. The man whom philosophy leaves cold, and the man whom real faith does not illuminate, may be assured that the fault lies in them, not in knowledge and faith. The former is still an alien to philosophy, the latter an alien to faith.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (August 27, 1770–November 14, 1831) inEncyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences 

The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal.

Max Levchin, former CTO of PayPal

Underdogs Season 2

The ideal founding team is two individuals, with a history of working together, of similar age and financial standing, with mutual respect. One is good at building products and the other is good at selling them. 
- Naval Ravikant

The ideal founding team is two individuals, with a history of working together, of similar age and financial standing, with mutual respect. One is good at building products and the other is good at selling them. 

- Naval Ravikant

(Source: startupquote)

Milo Manara - Storia dell’Umanità

Wonderful artwork by Milo Manara, depicting human history. Sex, war to gain sex, more war to gain riches to have more sex.

(Source: drrestless)

The photo above depicts Picasso’s progressive reduction when drawing a bull, starting from an intricate and muscular animal to a sketch of only seven lines. It’s one of many tools used to teach Apple’s design ethos. As Chen points out, Picasso’s progression is echoed in the evolution of Apple’s mouse, which started as a ten-sided brick with a button, today is a single piece of curved plastic. Apple University is a competitive advantage. Apple commands 6x the operating margin of its competitors because of its design and marketing prowess.

The photo above depicts Picasso’s progressive reduction when drawing a bull, starting from an intricate and muscular animal to a sketch of only seven lines. It’s one of many tools used to teach Apple’s design ethos. As Chen points out, Picasso’s progression is echoed in the evolution of Apple’s mouse, which started as a ten-sided brick with a button, today is a single piece of curved plastic. Apple University is a competitive advantage. Apple commands 6x the operating margin of its competitors because of its design and marketing prowess.