Once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, you nail your dream job. It happened to me a little over two and a half years ago when I walked onto the 5th floor at 36 Cooper Square. From day one, the opportunity at foursquare enabled me to think big, take risks, re-imagine what’s possible … and following…
Tristan has an amazing story and has always been a huge inspiration. (If you don’t know his story, you should read it here. Definition: hustle).
In fact, late last summer I was finalizing my plans in Ethiopia for my upcoming semester off when I saw that there was an interesting opening for an internship position at foursquare. At first, my reaction was: “nah, I’m probably not qualified for this,” but I thought back to Tristan’s story, his overall go-getter attitude and how that was received at foursquare. So then I thought, “well, why not.” Let’s give it a shot. I started writing my cover letter: “What’s up foursquare!” (versus what b-school had otherwise taught me - stuffy old “to whom this may concern”)…
And three weeks, a screen, and an interview, later I was sitting in the office starting the best work experience that I’ve ever had. Life-changing, I tell you!
People always ask me where I got the inspiration for Dear Instagram (right after asking me if I got the gig, which no, it didn’t work out - but more on that later), and I always say that it’s really people like Tristan who set a great example especially for young people in the industry to just take initiative to go after the opportunities you want (and if they don’t exist, create them) and always aim higher.
Congrats to Tristan! Yay.