Part 2

A man in outdoor clothes walking into a wooded forest.
A man in outdoor clothes walking into a wooded forest.
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If you missed Part 1, you can read it here:

This is Part 2 in an ongoing survival guide series on taking maximum advantage of the On Deck Fellowship (or any similar cohort-based, startup-accelerator program) from a fellow’s point of view. This article covers the psychology of survival: how to manage stress and how to cope with uncertainty.

Psychology of Survival


Part 1

Antique, faded book cover for “ODF Survival Field Manual” with redactions, declassified stamps, and signs of wear and aging.
Antique, faded book cover for “ODF Survival Field Manual” with redactions, declassified stamps, and signs of wear and aging.
Illustrated mock cover for the “ODF Survival Field Manual”

I was utterly unprepared for how my life would be forever improved by the On Deck Fellowship.

In April 2020, I decided to start my own company. But years of working at larger companies had led to complete isolation from the bustling startup and entrepreneurship scene of San Francisco. I no longer had any network connections, any support structure, or any insight into trends or what was happening. Building a tech company was already hard enough with a supportive and engaging community like the one in SF, let alone without any at all. …


Example of a boosted video chat set up with blurry bokeh background, RGB lighting, well lit subject, no visible AV equipment.
Example of a boosted video chat set up with blurry bokeh background, RGB lighting, well lit subject, no visible AV equipment.
Figure 1 — Example of a boosted video chat set up with blurry bokeh background, RGB lighting, well lit subject, no visible AV equipment.

This guide was originally posted on Notion (here) on June 26, 2020.

Overview

In this document, I’ll go over what are the elements required so that you can make it an experience to be on video chat with you. As some may have noticed — it can make you stand out (I’ve seen people get distracted by the video & stare way too long…), it can speak for you (by reflecting your personality & interests), and it can leave quite an impression. You may be surprised to know that with even a few minor changes, you can greatly enhance your own experience with some relatively inexpensive and non-technical tweaks. …

About

Van Nguyen

Designer / Engineer. ODF4. Building modern video editing tools at https://vidbase.co

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