Wow does this forum brings back memories! WallStreetOasis was a welcome discovery my freshmen year in college and I checked it religiously back then - trying to gauge the relative prestige and status of different firms and sucking in all the hilarious and offensive terminology along with it. Honestly WSO was probably the thing (other than the school I was at) that first made me really think about finance. It guided what I knew about the right way to do things (along with the Vault rankings of course); what I knew about interviews - banking culture - exit ops - everything haha.
Anyway, my story is: I did a summer internship in S&T at Citi and a spring internship at Disney Corporate and leveraged those to get a full time offer at Blackstone (which was my dream job at the time) out of college. I got there after finishing my C.S. degree my senior year... and just hated it. An opening came up at Facebook in November after I graduated aaand I took it.
Quitting 6 months in did NOT go over well. I'm pretty sure I got thrown every insult and threat there was in the book, a choice few of which include:
- "You'll never get into HBS if I have anything to do with it."
- "Do you know how many kids we rejected to give you this job? THOUSANDS"
- "Of course we're enforcing garden leave. Facebook is a DIRECT COMPETITOR."
And of course I paid back my signing bonus... which pretty much emptied my savings. Lovely. Also my parents stopped talking to me. Fucking amazing.
Four years later it turns out joining Facebook back then was a fantastic choice LOL. And after having built products on News Feed, Messenger, and a few other teams, I decided it was finally time to leave and to build an idea my best friend and I had had years ago when we first met. We wanted to buck the trend of technology apps that focus on getting you to spend more and more time staring at phone screens, and focus on getting people to spend more time in the real world with the people they might not always hang out with.
Last month we were very lucky to get funding from YCombinator (an accelerator in the Bay area) - and that's the end of my story so far! Thanks for reading if you got this far and please ask me anything you're curious about.
Also - check out the app if you get a chance and give us feedback! Our current version is a location sharing app that lets you share your location with exactly who you want for exactly how long you want. Go ON to notify and share your location with selected contacts. When people in your contacts and network are ON and hanging out, you'll get notified with a party emoji!: rebrand.ly/getourchat