When I was running the aforementioned training programs, it was my job to study and amplify how other people drove innovation. I found that early-stage startups tended to be relatively comfortable with the fail-often ethos — in part because they didn’t have much to lose. But young companies that were becoming more established, or established companies that were starting new divisions, often lost (or never learned) the skill of learning from failures, and tended to get debilitatingly depressed by them. The ideas in this article come from my own experiences, and from observing how others have taught their teams to be enthusiastic experimenters in the face of repeated failure.
I completed Hack Reactor in July 2016 and took almost 3 months before accepting an offer with Radius Intelligence. I applied to 291 companies, did 32 phone screens, 16 technical screens, 13 coding challenges, 11 on-sites, and received 8 offers. The offers ranged from $60-125k in salary from companies all over the US, and for both front end and full stack roles. In total, 2.8% of applications became offers.