How to Get Ahead in Machine Learning with Zak Slayback (1517 Fund)

Machine Learning Engineered

Nov 17 2020 • 1 hr 42 mins

Zak Slayback is a principal at 1517 Fund, a venture capital fund that prioritizes working with dropouts. He wrote the excellent book "How to Get Ahead", one of my most recommended books on careers, and runs Get Ahead Labs where he teaches how to write outstanding cold emails. Learn more about Zak: https://zakslayback.com/ (https://zakslayback.com/) https://www.1517fund.com/ (https://www.1517fund.com/) Every Thursday I send out the most useful things I’ve learned, curated specifically for the busy machine learning engineer. Sign up here: http://bitly.com/mle-newsletter (http://bitly.com/mle-newsletter) Follow Charlie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharlieYouAI (https://twitter.com/CharlieYouAI) Subscribe to ML Engineered: https://mlengineered.com/listen (https://mlengineered.com/listen) Comments? Questions? Submit them here: http://bit.ly/mle-survey (http://bit.ly/mle-survey) Take the Giving What We Can Pledge: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ (https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/) Timestamps: 02:35 Zak Slayback 04:45 Using opportunity cost, signaling theory, and incentives to accelerate your career (https://zakslayback.com/frameworks-success-opportunity-cost/ (https://zakslayback.com/frameworks-success-opportunity-cost/)) 14:35 How to set career goals (https://zakslayback.com/ambition-mapping/ (https://zakslayback.com/ambition-mapping/)) 20:15 Rene Girard and Mimetic Desire 24:30 The difference between a mentor, a coach/consultant, and an advisor (https://zakslayback.com/whats-difference-mentors-advisors-coaches/ (https://zakslayback.com/whats-difference-mentors-advisors-coaches/)) 35:40 Finding a mentor (https://zakslayback.com/professional-mentor-dream-job/ (https://zakslayback.com/professional-mentor-dream-job/)) 44:30 Fighting mental blocks against reaching out to potential mentors 47:30 Why you should start a personal website (https://zakslayback.com/why-start-a-website/ (https://zakslayback.com/why-start-a-website/)) 56:15 What the most important "meta-skills" are and how to stack talents 01:05:35 Most over-looked sections of the book 01:09:00 The future of higher education: the new 95 theses from 1517 Fund (https://medium.com/1517/a-new-95-ec071200d98f (https://medium.com/1517/a-new-95-ec071200d98f)) 01:23:05 What Zak thinks the most exciting trends in technology are 01:35:15 Rapid fire questions Links: https://www.nateliason.com/podcast/zak-slayback (The End of School and Building a Valuable Skillset with Zak Slayback) https://schoolsucksproject.com/deschool-yourself-find-your-focus-zak-slayback/ (Deschool Yourself and Find Your Focus – With Zak Slayback) https://zakslayback.com/book/ (Zak's book - How to Get Ahead (highly recommended!)) https://zakslayback.com/ambition-mapping/ (Ambition Mapping) https://iep.utm.edu/girard/ (Rene Girard and Mimetic Desire) https://commoncog.com/blog/tacit-knowledge-is-a-real-thing/ (Why Tacit Knowledge is More Important Than Deliberate Practice) https://zakslayback.com/professional-mentor-dream-job/ (How to Get Your Dream Job and Mentor in 6 Easy Steps) https://zakslayback.com/whats-difference-mentors-advisors-coaches/ (What’s The Difference Between Mentors, Advisors, and Coaches?) https://zakslayback.com/keynote-video-get-ahead-nothing-offer/ (How to Get Ahead When You Have Nothing to Offer) https://zakslayback.com/why-start-a-website/ (“Why Should I Start a Website?”) https://zakslayback.com/frameworks-success-opportunity-cost/ (Frameworks for Making Better Decisions: Opportunity Cost) https://www.amazon.com/How-Fail-Almost-Everything-Still-ebook/dp/B00COOFBA4 (How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big) https://medium.com/1517/a-new-95-ec071200d98f (The New 95 Theses) https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/176227/antifragile-by-nassim-nicholas-taleb/ (Antifragile)