Swag from Headlight’s Mars Mining Tournament (photo credit Zhanna Kurmanova)

In Defense of Hard Pivots: why we sold our hiring platform to launch an esports company

Jason Shen
Apr 3 · 11 min read
Our first office inside of Greatist (photo credit Derek Flanzraich)

1. Remember why you got into business

A panel we hosted for leveling up engineering careers (photo credit Zhanna Kurmanova)

2. Know when it’s not working

Some of the slides from our “Future of Headlight” presentation

3. Run a process

He said to me, “if you’re thinking about doing a Hail Mary, now would be the time.”

Research notes from our deep dive into esports

4. Validate and recommit

5. Sunset or sell the existing business

But Woven did. And they seemed like good people. So I reconnected with the CEO with an offer — would Woven want to acquire Headlight?


Headlight

We are a performance hiring platform that helps employers screen candidates for ability, not resume. Through assessments, technology, and community, we're building a world where talent can shine. https://www.headlightlabs.com

Jason Shen

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Serial entrepreneur & Asian American advocate. Co-Founder and CEO of Midgame.gg - esports analytics co. TED, Etsy, Stanford, Y Combinator alum. BOS ✈ SF ✈ NYC.

Headlight

Headlight

We are a performance hiring platform that helps employers screen candidates for ability, not resume. Through assessments, technology, and community, we're building a world where talent can shine. https://www.headlightlabs.com