Part 2

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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

“Some people with little or no survival training have managed to survive life-threatening circumstances. Some people with survival training have not used their skills and died. A key ingredient in any survival situation is the mental attitude of the individual involved.”

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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.

If you’re interested in learning more, the On Deck Podcaster fellowship starts soon. Check out their gear guide here.

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…

Van Nguyen

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

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