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July 14, 2021

My Golden Monkey Paw Observation Bias

Over the years of my career, I noticed one funny coincidence. If a company reject me, they are going to fall on hard times. If a company extends me an offer of employment, they are going to prosper.

On the success side:

  • MCST (although struggling, it still exists)
  • Red Hat (purchased by IBM after a long run of success)
  • 3PAR (the only of its generation of storage start-ups, alongside Zambeel, etc., who reached the product phase and exited to acquisition; still exists!)
  • Metabyte, of course.

On the failure side:

  • Sun Microsystems (4 rejections, too: I pecked at them until they died)
  • Transmeta (3 rejections)
  • Zambeel (forgot about them until today)
  • NUVIA (they actually exited into acquisition, but an ignominious one)
  • And finally, Igneous (they were tough; took the curse 4 years to kill them)

Note that my score is not perfect: OVH is still around. Although perhaps it takes a little time, I interviewed for them only a couple of years ago.

Also note that the rejecting companies do not fail because my great capabilities were not employed. As long as they decide to hire me, it is all good, even if I decline. It's the curse of rejection.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at 11:01 AM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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1 Virtually every software company I ever worked for was shot out from underneath me. Made my job searches more difficult because everyone I worked for was out of business.

Posted by: Mauser at July 16, 2021 06:31 PM (Ix1l6)

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