Breakout List, End of 2015

“Apply this rule when selecting which company to go to. Go to the company where all the action is happening.”

Marc Andreessen

This quarter's list is being released as a PDF (size: 285KB) and as a Quip document.

Breakout list (PDF)

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Printable offer checklists/company evaluation checklists

Offer checklists

A few notable inclusions

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Name Notes Product Stage Location
Strong mentorship; entrepreneurial team; strong network Data platform for insurance companies Super early SF
Strong growth; high activity market Get an application built Super early SF
Exceptional team; central to customers' lives Hire engineers Super early SF
YC's Hiring Post; lots of action going on; strong brand; strong growth; exceptional team Startup funding and advice Early SF/MTV
Working at Opendoor; exceptional team; strong growth Buy/sell your home online Early SF
Working at Docker; strong growth; central to customers' lives; high activity Application containers Mid-size SF
Working at Slack; repeat founders; central to customers' lives; momentum/growth Team chat Mid-size SF
High activity market; exceptional team; momentum/growth AI Mid-size London
Uber ATC Working at Uber; high action; revenue growth; central to customers' lives; high activity market Self driving cars Late Pittsburgh
Tesla Autopilot Team High action; revenue growth; central to customers' lives; high activity market Self driving cars Late Palo Alto

Who is the list for?

The list is not for venture capitalists, or salespeople. While they use the list, the priority is for the list to be useful to ambitious engineers/other people working in tech. Salespeople and venture capitalists — I would suggest Mattermark or Datafox or similar.

The goal of this list is to help you choose a company where you will be exposed to the best people and best opportunities.

Why these companies?

Disclaimer (stolen from Marc Andreessen)

“Optimize at all times for being in the most dynamic and exciting pond you can find. That is where the great opportunities can be found.”

“Apply this rule when selecting which company to go to. Go to the company where all the action is happening.”

Let’s combine this with some advice from Charlie Munger. Charlie would tell us to look for a ‘lollapalooza’ — where we have multiple factors at once.

Relevant factors that cause a company to have a lot of ‘action happening’

Career advice

Sam Altman, Elad Gil, Marc Andreessen

Career advice compilation

Why join a breakout?

More resources

Resume template and checklist

List of great recruiters

Printable purpose exercise

List of valuable problems

Different ways to approach the job search

Added Jan 2016: Collection of links on employee equity (for more, see breakoutcareers.com)

Trying to reset your career?

Read the following two summaries of "So Good They Can't Ignore You": one, two. Or skim the book itself.

Then read the first 55 pages of Principles by Ray Dalio.

Q2

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