This newsletter will be a little different as I have some exciting news to share. I've found my dream job and have started yesterday! I will helping to run the No-Code Fellowship at On Deck as a No-Code Associate.
What's On Deck, you might ask? It's where where top technology talent and ambitious builders go to start or join something new, or accelerate their careers. My friend Jake has written an amazing essay about its flywheel & how it's disrupting business school. More about why I decided to join further down. If you're wondering what it means for this newsletter, it doesn't change anything. I love sharing the coolest things I find on the Internet every week and find this a ton of fun to do, so I'll continue writing. I also love creating stuff (like Newsletter OS & Podcast OS), and can't stop, won't stop!
Thank you to everyone for following my journey. I've grown immensely in the past year, and this newsletter was part of the spark that ignited the fire. I'm finally breaking into tech :') For a long while I was thinking "yelp, how do I make this pivot?" I managed to do it 🎉
Think of something you've wanted to do but always felt like it was out of reach. It's possible if you throw all you have at it.
Don't underestimate the power of showing up consistently & putting your work out there in the world. Expand your luck surface area and keep growing.
Appreciate all of you!
With gratitude, Janel
Why I'm joining On Deck
I've been really intentional when deciding on my next big thing.
“I am willing to take as much time as needed between projects to find my next thing. But I always want it to be a project that, if successful, will make the rest of my career look like a footnote.”
Over the past year, I've dabbled in many things, thanks to my friend Nathan (who is an awesome life coach) who I talked to when I was figuring out what my next thing would be. At that time I had no clue. He advised me to try new things & treat life as an experiment. In 2020, I spun up a ton of mini projects, added skills to my arsenal and made many new friends, while doing some client work on the side. I learned so much about myself and what fuels me through this series of experiments.
I knew that when the perfect job came, I would know, because it would be so perfectly aligned with my vision, passion & skills. This job is it. I truly believe that On Deck is building the future of education. On Deck will help catalyze opportunities and unlock talent thousands of people each year, and I'm lucky that I have the chance to be part of the early stages of this rocketship. There's just so much upside here.
I'm not as eloquent as Erik Torenberg (the co-founder of On Deck), so I'll leave his recap about On Deck in 2020 & where we are going here. It's so exciting and working with KP in the no-code fellowship is deeply aligned with my interest in helping others to create.
If you're looking to explore your next big thing, I highly recommend checking On Deck's programs out. There's something for everyone. If you're a future founder, writer, podcaster, or into health, climate tech, public speaking, course creation and even community building, there is something for you. Feel free to hit me up if you have questions!
Build Personal Moats "A personal moat is a set of unique and accumulating competitive advantages in the context of your career. Your personal moat should be a competitive advantage specific to you that's not only durable, but compounds over time." One from the BrainPint archives, by Erik. If you're game to read more, check out Building personal moats & killer features by Linda.
Belief & Knowledge "Knowledge changes all the time. When we engage with the world, when we encounter data or new experiences, our knowledge changes.
But belief is what we call the things that stick around, particularly and especially in the face of changes in knowledge."
Big Ideas 2021 A big idea needs to be long-term. ARK Invest shares some of the best big ideas in technology that will deliver future growth. Check out themes that include deep learning, digital wallets, electric vehicles, drones, automation, cell & gene therapy. I was so excited to read this.
TweetPik - Easily convert tweets into SVG, JPG or PNG.
Crisp Chat - A messaging platform that connects companies & customers. Need a free chat widget on your site? Use this. Has a mobile app too. I love it.
Astrofox - Turn audio into amazing video clips that you can share online.
Take A Brain Break
Soundescape- 3-dimensional, generative sound environments that help you focus, relax or sleep. Hang out in front of a rocky beach, crackling campfire or busy co-working space.
Webmoji- Open-source emoji search engine that allows you to copy and paste emojis. Oh, and it's built by a 12 year old developer.
Quote Of The Week
"Three rules for a career: 1) Don't sell anything you wouldn't buy yourself. 2) Don't work for anyone you don't respect and admire. 3) Work only with people you enjoy. ” — Charlie Munger (Share On Twitter)