Young people
26 Jun, 2020

As you know, we have 14 interns this summer. I’ve interned many people for the past 15 years. Here’s what I’m noticing about this generation (of people who applied to work at a tech startup…):

  • Mission is everything. They want to care about their work. (me too)
  • They’re much harder workers than you’d expect, if led well.
  • They really don’t raise their hand or speak up—at all—no matter the format, amount of encouragement, who it’s coming from, example-setting and so on. You’ve got to tease it out of them. Open door policies and their “let me know if you have any questions” ilk are guarantees to not get the truth from them.
  • They know how to research and find solutions to problems.
  • They pick up lingo incredibly quickly and know how to look it up when they don’t know.
  • They want to connect honestly and authentically online when doing marketing.
  • They’re not afraid to sell a product they believe in.

I like young people. Always have. Always will. The generations do change.

Share with your network:

More to explore

Turning molehills into mountains

When someone in another department brings you an issue it’s best to: Resolve the issue, of course. And be the one to search for whether that issue is systemic or a one-off. And communicate back to those affected the results of your finding.And create a project...

read more

Let’s renegotiate

Many people fear that word “negotiate.” Because it means “someone trying to take something from me and me trying to keep that from happening.” That’s not negotiation! Negotiation is more like two people finding value by exploring the said...

read more

Will this work? For which clients…

I just helped someone with a huge barrage of pricing questions. Here’s what I found the answers kept boiling down to: When you lock in on a pricing strategy you lock in on a client type. Is your product or service perfect for the discount-hunter, the...

read more


Family tech, neuroscience, communication, product management, growth

A synthesizer of neuroscience, classical rhetoric, philosophy, 5,000+ hours at whiteboards, high stakes presentations, Fortune 10 consulting, and startup growth.

Copyright © 2020 Isaiah McPeak