Will Pate will sell ice to eskimos

Or, at least, he did a good job selling me on linking to his blog. He was the VP of Sales and Marketing for a Vancouver Web development, design, and marketing firm, and he’s looking to get a job.

Will: don’t look for a job. Look for something you love. He has a good blog. If Jeremy Wright can sell a blog, well, then Will should blog to sell, right? Heheh!

Anyone else looking for a job? Post in my comments. You never know who’s watching.

46 thoughts on “Will Pate will sell ice to eskimos

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  2. What do I love? If I only knew… I enjoy tinkering with hardware. I enjoy the accomplishment that comes with a completed project. My biggest issue is location, but my second biggest issue is lack of training in a lot of the newer technologies.

  3. What do I love? If I only knew… I enjoy tinkering with hardware. I enjoy the accomplishment that comes with a completed project. My biggest issue is location, but my second biggest issue is lack of training in a lot of the newer technologies.

  4. What do I love? If I only knew… I enjoy tinkering with hardware. I enjoy the accomplishment that comes with a completed project. My biggest issue is location, but my second biggest issue is lack of training in a lot of the newer technologies.

  5. You just gotta love blogs. I hit the pillow last night feeling great about a couple of key hires for the startup over the past couple of days, and my thoughts turn to the next missing key member of our team. The laptop opens in the morning, and I see a Scobleizer post about Will. Looks like a great fit. and he’s in the right city to boot! Contact made. Possibilities endless. Life is good. The blogosphere: even better. you just never know what you’re gonna get ….
    Thank you Robert.

  6. You just gotta love blogs. I hit the pillow last night feeling great about a couple of key hires for the startup over the past couple of days, and my thoughts turn to the next missing key member of our team. The laptop opens in the morning, and I see a Scobleizer post about Will. Looks like a great fit. and he’s in the right city to boot! Contact made. Possibilities endless. Life is good. The blogosphere: even better. you just never know what you’re gonna get ….
    Thank you Robert.

  7. You just gotta love blogs. I hit the pillow last night feeling great about a couple of key hires for the startup over the past couple of days, and my thoughts turn to the next missing key member of our team. The laptop opens in the morning, and I see a Scobleizer post about Will. Looks like a great fit. and he’s in the right city to boot! Contact made. Possibilities endless. Life is good. The blogosphere: even better. you just never know what you’re gonna get ….
    Thank you Robert.

  8. My ideal position begins with fingerspitzgefuhl, German for a “fingertip feeling” and the context for which is Colonel John Boyd’s Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action (OODA) loop. A point Boyd made in his briefings was that having a fingerspitgefuhl enables people to process the orientation and decision phases of the loop almost instantly giving them a time advantage in developing strategies and mobilizing resources against a competitor. I believe small companies have an advantage over Microsoft at developing this fingertip feeling because their lack of resources means the developers feel their customers’ pain more intensely and they are focused on solving their own problems which they are intimately familiar with.

    My ideal position would be inside of Channel 9 but as an extension that interviews businesses about how their companies operations (beyond IT) and then connect them with teams and program managers inside Microsoft. From experience I have seen that IT managers are most often only stewards of the technology but they are not involved in the actual management of information within companies and developers would benefit greatly from being closer connected to the operations side of their customers. Even if there is not a job in this or it is already being done in another form, I would love the opportunity to chat with someone about these ideas.

    More on Colonel Boyd can be read at:
    http://www.fastcompany.com/online/59/pilot.html
    http://www.tompeters.com/cool_friends/content.php?note=008572.php

  9. My ideal position begins with fingerspitzgefuhl, German for a “fingertip feeling” and the context for which is Colonel John Boyd’s Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action (OODA) loop. A point Boyd made in his briefings was that having a fingerspitgefuhl enables people to process the orientation and decision phases of the loop almost instantly giving them a time advantage in developing strategies and mobilizing resources against a competitor. I believe small companies have an advantage over Microsoft at developing this fingertip feeling because their lack of resources means the developers feel their customers’ pain more intensely and they are focused on solving their own problems which they are intimately familiar with.

    My ideal position would be inside of Channel 9 but as an extension that interviews businesses about how their companies operations (beyond IT) and then connect them with teams and program managers inside Microsoft. From experience I have seen that IT managers are most often only stewards of the technology but they are not involved in the actual management of information within companies and developers would benefit greatly from being closer connected to the operations side of their customers. Even if there is not a job in this or it is already being done in another form, I would love the opportunity to chat with someone about these ideas.

    More on Colonel Boyd can be read at:
    http://www.fastcompany.com/online/59/pilot.html
    http://www.tompeters.com/cool_friends/content.php?note=008572.php

  10. My ideal position begins with fingerspitzgefuhl, German for a “fingertip feeling” and the context for which is Colonel John Boyd’s Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action (OODA) loop. A point Boyd made in his briefings was that having a fingerspitgefuhl enables people to process the orientation and decision phases of the loop almost instantly giving them a time advantage in developing strategies and mobilizing resources against a competitor. I believe small companies have an advantage over Microsoft at developing this fingertip feeling because their lack of resources means the developers feel their customers’ pain more intensely and they are focused on solving their own problems which they are intimately familiar with.

    My ideal position would be inside of Channel 9 but as an extension that interviews businesses about how their companies operations (beyond IT) and then connect them with teams and program managers inside Microsoft. From experience I have seen that IT managers are most often only stewards of the technology but they are not involved in the actual management of information within companies and developers would benefit greatly from being closer connected to the operations side of their customers. Even if there is not a job in this or it is already being done in another form, I would love the opportunity to chat with someone about these ideas.

    More on Colonel Boyd can be read at:
    http://www.fastcompany.com/online/59/pilot.html
    http://www.tompeters.com/cool_friends/content.php?note=008572.php

  11. What do I do? Provide Microsoft solutions to complex enterprise problems. I’m pretty involved utilizing BizTalk, SharePoint, Groove, Commerce Server and the other more esoteric servers from Microsoft. Yeah, I’m brainwashed, but at least they washed it with Dove instead of a bar of Lava. Or was it XML that wiped out those memories of implementing non-Microsoft solutions? I forget. Anyhow, I am in the San Francisco/Sacramento area and need to be doing something starting next week. P.S. I can do non-Microsoft stuff like, um, uh, its odd, I just can’t remember now….

  12. What do I do? Provide Microsoft solutions to complex enterprise problems. I’m pretty involved utilizing BizTalk, SharePoint, Groove, Commerce Server and the other more esoteric servers from Microsoft. Yeah, I’m brainwashed, but at least they washed it with Dove instead of a bar of Lava. Or was it XML that wiped out those memories of implementing non-Microsoft solutions? I forget. Anyhow, I am in the San Francisco/Sacramento area and need to be doing something starting next week. P.S. I can do non-Microsoft stuff like, um, uh, its odd, I just can’t remember now….

  13. What do I do? Provide Microsoft solutions to complex enterprise problems. I’m pretty involved utilizing BizTalk, SharePoint, Groove, Commerce Server and the other more esoteric servers from Microsoft. Yeah, I’m brainwashed, but at least they washed it with Dove instead of a bar of Lava. Or was it XML that wiped out those memories of implementing non-Microsoft solutions? I forget. Anyhow, I am in the San Francisco/Sacramento area and need to be doing something starting next week. P.S. I can do non-Microsoft stuff like, um, uh, its odd, I just can’t remember now….

  14. Hi Robert,

    I’ll play (though I do feel a little spammy doing this)! I tend to collectively refer to my background, skill set and passion as the “business side of technology”. Although I started my career as an analyst at the JPMorganChase Investment Bank, I’ve had over six years of broad experience in a variety of strategy related roles. Projects that I’ve been involved with or led range from developing financial modeling and business cases around new opportunities, to analyzing and improving inefficient business processes, to stewarding a small firm through the corporate acquisition and integration process.

    I’m extremely comfortable with software and technology. In fact, several software “hobby projects” that I released on the web have thousands of active users.

    I’m looking for a new challenge at a small company (or on a small team at a large company) working on interesting projects with really smart people…

  15. Hi Robert,

    I’ll play (though I do feel a little spammy doing this)! I tend to collectively refer to my background, skill set and passion as the “business side of technology”. Although I started my career as an analyst at the JPMorganChase Investment Bank, I’ve had over six years of broad experience in a variety of strategy related roles. Projects that I’ve been involved with or led range from developing financial modeling and business cases around new opportunities, to analyzing and improving inefficient business processes, to stewarding a small firm through the corporate acquisition and integration process.

    I’m extremely comfortable with software and technology. In fact, several software “hobby projects” that I released on the web have thousands of active users.

    I’m looking for a new challenge at a small company (or on a small team at a large company) working on interesting projects with really smart people…

  16. Hi Robert,

    I’ll play (though I do feel a little spammy doing this)! I tend to collectively refer to my background, skill set and passion as the “business side of technology”. Although I started my career as an analyst at the JPMorganChase Investment Bank, I’ve had over six years of broad experience in a variety of strategy related roles. Projects that I’ve been involved with or led range from developing financial modeling and business cases around new opportunities, to analyzing and improving inefficient business processes, to stewarding a small firm through the corporate acquisition and integration process.

    I’m extremely comfortable with software and technology. In fact, several software “hobby projects” that I released on the web have thousands of active users.

    I’m looking for a new challenge at a small company (or on a small team at a large company) working on interesting projects with really smart people…

  17. I am currently a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I will graduate at the end of August with a BS in Information Technology with great grades and will be looking for full time work.

    Ever since I was 13, I have been excited by the Web. I love working with clients and helping to design solutions to problems. I know plenty about development, programming, and coding but I don’t love that.

    I love solving problems and working with users.

    We have been able to do so much with the Web over the last decade. I think there is so much more than we can do and I want to be a part of it.

  18. I am currently a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I will graduate at the end of August with a BS in Information Technology with great grades and will be looking for full time work.

    Ever since I was 13, I have been excited by the Web. I love working with clients and helping to design solutions to problems. I know plenty about development, programming, and coding but I don’t love that.

    I love solving problems and working with users.

    We have been able to do so much with the Web over the last decade. I think there is so much more than we can do and I want to be a part of it.

  19. I am currently a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I will graduate at the end of August with a BS in Information Technology with great grades and will be looking for full time work.

    Ever since I was 13, I have been excited by the Web. I love working with clients and helping to design solutions to problems. I know plenty about development, programming, and coding but I don’t love that.

    I love solving problems and working with users.

    We have been able to do so much with the Web over the last decade. I think there is so much more than we can do and I want to be a part of it.

  20. I would need a new challenge. I work in marketing in one of the Big4 audit firms.

    Do you think Microsoft in Slovenia need some help? :)

  21. I would need a new challenge. I work in marketing in one of the Big4 audit firms.

    Do you think Microsoft in Slovenia need some help? :)

  22. I would need a new challenge. I work in marketing in one of the Big4 audit firms.

    Do you think Microsoft in Slovenia need some help? :)

  23. Oh noes, I’m the “ice to eskimoes” guy of Web 2.0. Speaking of trendy terms, they prefer to be called Inuit these days.

    You’re right about the doing something you love, luckily I’m already there. I know that essentially I love connecting with and helping people. As I get to know someone, I quickly get to wondering “what I can do for them”. I guess that’s why I always get a kick out of connecting people together.

    I gues you could say I love talking to people too. In marketing it’s a (naked) conversation with many, in sales it’s a conversation and transaction with a few. The laws of each interaction are endlessly interesting to learn, but the truly satisfying part is the connection.

    As for blogging to sell, that’s what I’m doing – blogging to sell myself as a hired gun!

    We used blogging to market ourselves and our clients at Raincity Studios, but little of our own clients came from people reading our blogs. The market for organizations that want blogs but don’t read them too much is pretty big.

    AT – Not a spammer, I ask nicely :)

  24. Oh noes, I’m the “ice to eskimoes” guy of Web 2.0. Speaking of trendy terms, they prefer to be called Inuit these days.

    You’re right about the doing something you love, luckily I’m already there. I know that essentially I love connecting with and helping people. As I get to know someone, I quickly get to wondering “what I can do for them”. I guess that’s why I always get a kick out of connecting people together.

    I gues you could say I love talking to people too. In marketing it’s a (naked) conversation with many, in sales it’s a conversation and transaction with a few. The laws of each interaction are endlessly interesting to learn, but the truly satisfying part is the connection.

    As for blogging to sell, that’s what I’m doing – blogging to sell myself as a hired gun!

    We used blogging to market ourselves and our clients at Raincity Studios, but little of our own clients came from people reading our blogs. The market for organizations that want blogs but don’t read them too much is pretty big.

    AT – Not a spammer, I ask nicely :)

  25. Oh noes, I’m the “ice to eskimoes” guy of Web 2.0. Speaking of trendy terms, they prefer to be called Inuit these days.

    You’re right about the doing something you love, luckily I’m already there. I know that essentially I love connecting with and helping people. As I get to know someone, I quickly get to wondering “what I can do for them”. I guess that’s why I always get a kick out of connecting people together.

    I gues you could say I love talking to people too. In marketing it’s a (naked) conversation with many, in sales it’s a conversation and transaction with a few. The laws of each interaction are endlessly interesting to learn, but the truly satisfying part is the connection.

    As for blogging to sell, that’s what I’m doing – blogging to sell myself as a hired gun!

    We used blogging to market ourselves and our clients at Raincity Studios, but little of our own clients came from people reading our blogs. The market for organizations that want blogs but don’t read them too much is pretty big.

    AT – Not a spammer, I ask nicely :)

  26. Yeah, I am looking for a job preferably in Northern California although I will travel if the $$ is right. My current gig in SF ends next week. Doh!

  27. Yeah, I am looking for a job preferably in Northern California although I will travel if the $$ is right. My current gig in SF ends next week. Doh!

  28. Yeah, I am looking for a job preferably in Northern California although I will travel if the $$ is right. My current gig in SF ends next week. Doh!

  29. I’m always looking… problem is that there isn’t much available way up here in Jamestown, North Dakota. Anything that pays more than $14 an hour anyways.

    Anybody got anything for me?

  30. I’m always looking… problem is that there isn’t much available way up here in Jamestown, North Dakota. Anything that pays more than $14 an hour anyways.

    Anybody got anything for me?

  31. I’m always looking… problem is that there isn’t much available way up here in Jamestown, North Dakota. Anything that pays more than $14 an hour anyways.

    Anybody got anything for me?

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