The video interview of Chris Sacca by Kevin Rose is one of the most interesting interviews I’ve seen in a while – sort of Charlie Rose meets tech, venture, entrepreneurship. The link to the video is provided here in case the embedded video doesn’t work.
I’ve long believed that Chris Sacca was just some tech dude turned angel investor who’s schtick was wearing cowboy garb, but this piece gave me a different appreciation for the person and his perspective. He’s smart, practical, had incredible experiences, and seems like a genuinely interesting guy. There’s so many great things for venture capitalist, entrepreneurs, engineers, Google enthusiast, hiring managers, etc. to pull from this, but my favorite part is what he looks for in people when hiring or investing in them. Here are his four points, with my own interpretation:
- Had a crappy job at some point – nothing humbles you more than working in a non-air conditioned fabric warehouse taking orders to clean the bathroom from a chain-smoking, emaciated warehouse manager (apologies, of course, to my first “boss” if you’re actually reading this).
- Lived or traveled abroad – gives you perspective and respect for the differences in all the different people you’ll encounter in life.
- Played competitive sports – in a work environment, understanding the concept of team, and your role on that team, is critical.
- Is interesting – who wants to hang out with boring people?
Well worth the time, so give it a watch.