Looking for the answer to being successful after college? Well, there isn’t one. However, there is one thing that will set you on the right path – doing shit all the time.
That’s what Noah Kagan did. In college, he created the website OkDork.com, started a entrepreneurs club at Berkeley, hosted multiple (profitable) tech conferences, did an internship at Microsoft, created businesses like Come Get Used and HFG Consulting, and even hired other college students as interns.
After college, Noah started an exciting career at Intel by telling the hiring manager that he wouldn’t be there in five years (the manager laughed and said the same about himself). He then went on to become one of the very early employees at Facebook, rubbing elbows with “Marky Baby” on a daily basis. When that didn’t work, he created his own trial by fire and landed a position as the marketing manager at the then-fledgling Mint.com. A few years and a few million-dollar Facebook games later, Noah is now happily working away at his own company, AppSumo, which is a sort of Groupon for software, apps, and business/tech education courses.
Here is my interview with Noah, where I ask him about his own college experiences. If you’re a student who’s trying to get ahead, you really don’t want to miss what Noah has to say.
A few quick notes about the video:
- The audio on Noah’s side is pretty quiet for the first 30 seconds or so, but it gets normalized after this point.
- Skype basically hated us, and Noah’s video crashed 5 or 6 times in the middle of the interview. Therefore, there is a gap around 10 minutes that I’ve filled with a picture of a cat.
Here are a few great takeaways I got from the interview.
- If you’re not getting what you want out of something, stop it. Your time is valuable.
- If you do traditional things, you’ll have a traditional life.
- Just do stuff all the time.
- Don’t make excuses. If you can’t do something, learn to do it. If you’re not smart enough, find someone smarter than you.
Now that you’ve watched the interview, get out there and do something. If you took the time to read this, then you’re the type of person that can go do something remarkable. Maybe you already are – if so, keep going!
From this point onward, I’m going to start categorizing my interviews as being part of a student edition or an alumni edition. The interviews in the student edition will profile students who are doing amazingly badass things in school, and the alumni edition will profile people who have done amazing things after graduation.
That being said, if you’re a student who is doing something amazing, then you should email me at [email protected] and ask to be interviewed. I, for one, would love to get to know you, and the students who read this blog will get amazing insight from your experiences. Sound cool? Alright.