Selecting The Best

Selection Criteria

For each desired quality, we have a metric that we will be measuring during the application process.
All metrics should be potential based, not privilege-based. Ideally AI could learn to estimate the metric.
We should select a diverse set of individuals because we do not know which traits are most important.
Desired Traits in Candidates
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Why?
When we test
Metrics to Collect
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Curious
They are more likely to stay focused and get to the root of problems. They probably love to learn.
The application
On a scale of 1-10 how intellectual are the problems that they care about?
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Internally Motivated
We do not need to force them into working, they will be self driven to work on interesting problems.
The application
Trial period
Did they show up to 10/10 meetings with other fellows?
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Entrepreneurial
They will be more likely to start a company which will help make the program financially self sustaining.
The application
Have they tried starting a company in the past? Was it succesful?
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Creative
To solve unsolved problems, you need to be creative. To solve problems in a new way, you need to be creative.
The application
Trial period
Creativity Quotient []
Coach + Peer’s determination of how creative they are during the trial period.
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Gritty / Resourceful / Hard Working
They are more likely to be successful when starting a company since they will have the stamina to persevere through difficulty problems. And have the ability to solve difficult problems.
Trial period
Coach + Peer’s determination of how well they perform during the trial period.
Do they use online learning material?
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Team player / Selfless
Great founders recognize the power of people. They find ways to make all stakeholders better off. They attract talented individuals to their cause so that they can all build something better together.
Trial period
Coach + Peer’s determination of how well they work with others during the trial period.
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Ambitious / Visionary
People who work on more elaborate problems will have a better chance of creating a differentiated product. (We should accept some people with more attainable ambition though so the more likely they are to build a working product)
The application
On a scale of 1-10 how difficult are the problems that they excited about solving?
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Embody Growth Mindset
They see every day as an opportunity grow and every experience as an opportunity to learn. They believe that they can influence the outcomes in their life and actively work to create outcomes that they desire.
Trial period
Coach + Peer’s determination of how they respond to challenges during the trial period.
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Optimistic
Believing that things will work out puts you in the mindset to make decisions with that belief. Making decisions towards that belief make you more likely to make that belief come true. Plus, we want our experience to be enjoyable, pessimistic people are less enjoyable to be around.
The application
Trial period
results from the life orientation test []
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Genuine +
Not an Asshole
Honest, humble, real people who are not hiding anything are the best people to work with. We want everyone in our program to be a great cofounder.
Trial period
Coach + Peer’s determination of how genuine they are during the trial period.
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