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About John Gannon

I have over 15 years of experience working in the trenches at successful startups, high growth companies, and VC firms. During that time, I've managed, interviewed, and coached hundreds of people -- and I've worked in almost every business functional role, including marketing, product management, and business development.

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A Linkedin hack to build your startup network

Here’s a cool hack I’ve been using to connect with interesting people on LinkedIn and build my startup network in the process: Look at your ‘People who have viewed your profile‘ page. Ask yourself: “Would this person be interesting to connect with?” I’ll leave it to you to define what interesting means. Maybe it’s a VC or […]

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How I stumbled into a job at VMware before it was “VMware”

12 years ago I had the good fortune of joining a (then) ~300 person software startup. Soon after I came on board, that little company on Porter Drive was acquired for $625 million. 5 years later the acquirer spun them out in a $19 billion IPO. I’d love to be able to say that I […]

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Startup Career Advice for 8/17/15

David Jackson, founder of Seeking Alpha, posts key metrics for startups by industry on his blog. Jason M. Lemkin writes for SaaStr about the “Get In Early” startup phenomenon as it relates to SaaS company Entelo.  

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Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/27/15

The Springwise blog posts about Free Code Camp, which allows anyone to learn coding for free by completing projects for nonprofits. Decoded Fashion in NYC is hiring for Community, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development positions.  

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Startup Jobs and Career Advice for 7/6/15

Jason M. Lemkin, a partner at Storm Ventures, answers the question “What are telltale signs that you’re working at a ‘sinking ship’ company?” on Quora. Baydin is hiring for a marketing/data analysis position in Mountain View, CA.  

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Startup Career Advice for 7/1/15

Jeffrey Needles writes for Medium about why he left his dream job. The Sales Development Meetup in NYC is hosting ‘A Day in the Life of a Successful SDR’, and event on July 8.  

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Ask these 3 questions before working for free at a startup

  Taking an unpaid job or internship at a startup can be a huge boost to your startup career. Still, it’s not a decision to be made lightly. Putting aside the legal aspects of the discussion for a moment, there are three questions you need to ask yourself before taking an unpaid internship or job at […]

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