It’s been a fast and furious few months working out of the Berkeley Skydeck. There are so many incredible teams that are building things and innovating within their respective domains, but it’s an accelerator that’s small enough for weekly founder lunches, frequent meetings with advisors and presentations by top guests.
We’ve had the opportunity to learn from and work with a fantastic team of dedicated Skydeck Advisors willing and able to help us navigate the many tough decisions that confront us on a daily basis. We’ve been fortunate to work with David Riemer as our lead advisor. David’s a wizard when it comes to story telling and has helped us dig deep to think through how we pitch and articulate the value prop of the Honeit Platform to customers, investors, job-seekers, interview experts, recruiters and hiring teams.
Just last week, we had the opportunity to meet Scott Adams, Berkeley Haas Alumni and Creator of the Dilbert Comic Strip. This was especially exciting for the Honeit team. Much of the brilliance and humor behind the Dilbert comics address the same inefficiency and frustration with today’s job interview process that we are tackling at Honeit.com.
Scott’s presentation was unconventional, which made it great and what has likely made him successful. A few of the major takeaways were 1) Goals are for Losers 2) Passion is over-rated. While these go against what we hear from most business and start-up-related blogs, Scott made some great points.
First, If you’re focused on a goal, you’re not focusing on the changing environment around you. Things move at hyper-speed these days and whether it’s competitors, technology or the world we live in, focusing on a long-term goal will make you lose.
Second, many of the most successful entrepreneurs say it was passion that has made them successful. Sounds great at first, but Scott asked us, what else would they say over the loudspeaker and in hind sight? That they were smarter than everyone else? That they were lucky? No and No.
It was refreshing to hear Scott’s take on the world and his experience with success and failure. It’s also refreshing to re-read some of the many Dilbert Comic Strips focused on hiring, job interviews, the exhausting job search & inefficient recruiting process. We’ve had a hell of a time articulating the value we bring, but his comics hit the nail on the head of what we’re building at Honeit.com to re-imagine the job interview process and save job seekers, recruiters and hiring managers time, money and frustration.
Now back to work!