Welcome to Career Crashers, where we tell the stories of those who are not content to wait around following rules and hoping for good things to happen. Great careers aren’t found. They’re forged. It’s time to Crash the party.
On weekly episodes, you'll hear from people who have broken free of the conventional path and forged great careers.
The Ripple Effects of Pitching with Jackson Sullivan
At age 17, Jackson opted out of the traditional education path and joined the Praxis Bootcamp! He learned the basics of value creation on the job and created a video editing business that allowed him to work and travel the U.S. and world.
Now, he's based in Austin, and has started, The Gift, a company that creates and runs celebratory experiences. Throughout his career journey Jackson has used pitches to create opportunities and today we're diving into his journey and how a recent experience pitching led to an incredible opportunity with Mindfix.
Connect with Jackson
Learn more about Jackson's work at jacksonsullivan.com
Check out Jackson's Crash pitch video.
Be Hungry, Don't Be Boring with Nick Black
Last week on Career Crasher's we heard Hunter Casillas' story of winning an opportunity at GoodUnited with a unique pitch. This week we're hearing the other side of the story and talking with Nick Black, founder and CEO of GoodUnited, to find out what receiving that pitch was like from the business side.
We also learn about Nick's backstory as an entrepreneur, his dedication to helping veterans, and supporting non-profit organizations.
Connect with Nick on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-black-7658ab37/
Flipping off a Trampoline to Get a Job with Hunter Casillas
This week on Career Crashers Joel is joined by Hunter Casillas to talk about how his ability to backflip helped him land a job at GoodUnited.
Hunter is a junior product manager at GoodUnited and broke into his career without college through self-taught skills and a Praxis apprenticeship.
In the episode, Hunter shares the backstory on his unique pitch that won him his job, how he's learned and grown on the job, and his advice for others on the job hunt.
Next week on the podcast we are talking with Nick Black from GoodUnited (who received Hunter's pitch) to hear what it was like from the company side.
Make Crash Pitching Easy and Fun
This week on Career Crashers, Joel is diving into how to make Crash pitching easy and fun!
When we think about the job hunt, we tend to think about hard and not fun work, but it doesn't have to be that way! Finding a company you like, telling them why you love what they're doing, and making something small that has value to them will blow away most companies. It will put you in the top 1% of job hunters and more than that it will help you have a lot more fun on your job hunt!
Meet Fast: the Company Building One-Click Checkout for the Entire Web!
If you’ve ever struggled with the checkout process while trying to buy something online, this company is for you.
Fast is a tech company founded in early 2019 with the mission of making buying online faster, safer and easier for everyone. In two short years they’ve raised over $120 million from investors and grown to over 100 people even through the pandemic.
It all started when their CEO and cofounder, Domm Holland, watched his wife’s grandmother not be able to order groceries online, simply because she couldn’t remember her password. Domm envisioned Amazon’s one-click checkout feature, but for the *entire web*.
I spoke with Nele Heinemann, Corporate Communications Manager, and Peter Grassi, Director of Talent Acquisition, and—you guessed it—the person to speak with if you’re interested in working there!
As you’ll quickly learn, Fast isn’t just a startup building a great product that has tremendous opportunity. They’re also an inspiring, exciting place to work. It’s even in the company’s legal name! If you want to know what it is, go look in the footer of their website — Fast.co.
While Fast is headquartered in San Francisco, they’re a fully remote, globally distributed team because they know that great talent is not just in the Bay Area. Domm himself is Australian, and Fast employs people all over the world. Peter’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever talked to about hiring people and building a strong, happy team. He’s constantly looking for people in his blind spots, who might not come from traditional backgrounds.
This philosophy is core to how Fast thinks about giving opportunity and adding people to their team—and I can guarantee it extends to every other department in the company. If you see yourself working at Fast, reach out with a strong pitch that shows why you’re excited about them specifically, how you’d love to contribute, and proof that you’re capable of doing it.
You can connect with Peter, Nele, and the rest of the Fast team on LinkedIn of course, but Peter’s also very active on Twitter and appreciates the non-traditional ways of putting yourself on the radar for a role.
If you enjoy discovering companies like this, check out our other episodes in this series—they’re on our YouTube channel, and right here where you get your podcasts!
Custom Project Ideas for Digital Marketing with Brad Matthews
This week on Career Crashers, Joel is joined by Brad Matthews to talk about creating great marketing projects. Brad is a growth marketer at Go Digital China and a Crash user.
Brad shares his experience of successfully using Crash video pitches to find opportunities and breaks down how to come up with project ideas to use as part of a pitch.
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I’ve been a huge fan of Isaac’s since hearing him speak in 2014. I’m a fan of the Praxis Forward Tilt podcast — so I was absolutely delighted to see that a new podcast is airing!
Thankfully, Career Crashers surpassed the high expectations I had before actually tuning in.
The way we’re taught (brainwashed) to approach our careers/personal development is completely outdated. My exposure to this material has changed my life, by helping me to ACTUALLY bring value to the table in a professional environment. These small, yet potent, talks have given me wisdom that I would consider the foundation of my livelihood.
I don’t even have a college degree, but I’ve landed amazing jobs because of this advice.
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Career Advice For The Modern Era
The stories and advice presented in this podcast are relevant to anyone who wants to get ahead in their career. Isaac understands the fact that traditional schools are falling behind, and that there are now more efficient ways to create a career. Because of that, you won't find better career tips anywhere else. In this podcast you'll also get to understand the mindset required to blaze your own path.
Don't know what you want to do? Get some inspiration here.
This podcast is full of awesome stories of people winning cool job opportunities. Great to share with young people and career transitioners alike. The host has great energy too!