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Coffee Collisions, Navigating Fake Profiles and Tech's Latest Moves

Random collisions at coffee shops, OpenAI's lead Researcher is out and dealing with fake LinkedIn profiles

“Put that coffee down! Coffee is for closers!”

Blake from the movie Glengarry Glen Ross

But a first a Sumato Coffee break:

At the office, Jimmie's known for his exceptional coffee brews. One day, a colleague raved, "Jimmie, your coffee is incredible!" Without missing a beat, Jimmie retorted, "I don't need you to tell me how good my coffee is. I'm the one who buys it!" The room erupted in laughter, remembering the times they suffered through Bonnie's bland office blends. Now, everyone secretly hoped Jimmie would make an extra pot on days Bonnie shopped for coffee.

  • Job News: Random collisions are good for business ☕️

  • Overheard at coffee: OpenAI's lead brainiac, Illya Sutskever is now open to work 🦄

  • Trending AI Tools: New product, “Glue” claims to be ChatGPT and Slack, but on steroids 🤖

  • Hot Jobs: (keep scrolling down ⬇️)

  • Recruiting Fails: Spotting Fake Profiles 

Job News

I was at this coffee shop recently, catching up with an old business buddy, when guess who I bumped into? A former colleague who’s now super successful—he sold his company for a ton of money! It’s been ages since I saw him last, especially after his big exit.

This totally random meeting got me thinking about something Tony Hsieh, the guy who started Zappos, used to say. He believed in the magic of bumping into people at coffee shops, restaurants, and other places while he was jazzing up downtown Las Vegas. He called them collisions.

These chance collisions aren’t just for coffee shops; they can happen anywhere—like Denny’s, kids’ sports games, the gym, you name it. I’m not the type to chase after celebs or obsess over someone's success, but I do love meeting folks who are interesting and curious.

I’ve realized I often get too caught up in my own stuff and miss out on how awesome it is to connect with others. We all need people in our lives, right? And sometimes, the best things come from these totally random run-ins. So, take that meeting, say hi to the stranger, or catch up with someone you haven’t seen in forever—even if you’re not really in the mood to chat.

If you’re job hunting or looking to hire, the right person might be closer than you think. I’ve made connections in the most unexpected places, and they’ve turned into more than just business deals. One time, I met the hard to reach VP of Product candidate at the gym…

Life’s full of random paths—like picking a college and meeting everyone there. Once you’re working, you meet all sorts of people, from different schools or no school at all. But in the end, we’re all in the same game, trying to build real connections, not just do business.

Overheard at coffee ☕️

OpenAI's lead brainiac, Ilya Sutskever, is out the door. First, he tried to boot his boss, Sam Altman, then flipped the script and helped drag him back to OpenAI. Talk about an awkward coffee run the next day. Bet those scars ran too deep to patch up.

So, where's Ilya heading next? He says he is going to work on a “personal project” but odds are he's gonna hook up with Elon Musk somehow. Don't count on him joining your Series C startup, though. The guy was raking in $1.9M a year in cash at OpenAI...

🚀 David Sacks is throwing down the gauntlet against Slack. As a partner at Craft Ventures and co-host of the All-In Podcast, not to mention the former founder and CEO of Yammer (snapped up by Microsoft for a cool $1.2B in 2012), he's no stranger to the big leagues.

In 2021, Sacks, alongside Evan Owen, an entrepreneur in residence at Craft, launched Glue. They've just opened up public access, complete with a waitlist, to their new creation aimed at dethroning Slack and Microsoft Teams. They're pitching it as a blend of ChatGPT and Slack, but on steroids.

This tool is heating up the scene. Will it crash and burn like Facebook's Workplace, or is it the next big thing? There's buzz that this might be Illya's next gig, but let's not fuel the rumor mill. Want a peek at Glue? Check it out HERE.

🔥 Hot Jobs - $1K Referral Fee

  • LVT - LiveView Technologies (come build technology to decrease crime and make communities safer) - $1B Unicorn valuation

  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Manager - Confidential - Utah based

  • Systems Safety Engineers - Need experience with ISO and TUV certifications. Entry to Senior level - Remote roles.

  • New :

    • Revenue Director - Remote role in USA - PE backed and growing company in the Professional Learning and Real Estate space - The Colibri Group

    • Director of Operations - Custom Home Construction company in Park City, Utah

    • Sr. UI/Product Engineer - Need React, Typescript and CSS. Someone with experience doing UI Design and architecture.

    • HR Director - Park City area. Coming soon.

Recruiting Fails: Beware of fake LinkedIn profiles—they're everywhere. Take this one, for example: Jessica Martinez. It's a total sham. I know because I'm acquainted with the creator, and no, she's not related to me.

If you're in the hiring or recruiting game, keep your eyes peeled for these fakes. People often lie about where they live to land a job. Lucky for us, Ramp Talent’s, Nate Dog Smith is on the case. He's got a knack for exposing frauds by verifying their college credentials, amongst other methods. Don't get fooled—Nate's on it.

Do you have recruiting Fail Stories? Reply with your epic fails – we'll feature them. Own your blunders, embrace vulnerability, and let's all level up together.

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