The Commons Digest (09/28/2022)

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This week's discussion...

Giving back to the startup ecosystem: Scholarships!

Learning at The Commons

<2 weeks left for the Product Sprint (plus seats on a Europe-based mentors team!)

October Core Sprint officially open!

Your Weekly Level Up

๐Ÿ”ฅ Hot Topic: Circles Drop

โœ๏ธ Career Opportunities: Hot tech jobs

โœ… Community Reccos: Daily Market Briefs

๐Ÿ’ญ Thought Starter: Picking the Right Company

๐Ÿ’ก Brain Teaser: Tasks ๐Ÿ’ช

๐Ÿš€ Community Share: NYC Mixer



Giving Back To The Startup Ecosystem


We have so many people at The Commons working at early-stage startups, and we know itโ€™s uniquely rewarding โ€ฆ and challenging! Given how nimble these companies are, thereโ€™s often limited mentorship and structured learning & development opportunities.

Individuals in these roles are typically incredibly ambitious, hard-working, and eager to grow - which also makes them excellent community members! We know, because we have so many of you here already. ๐Ÿ’š


โœจ We want to give back to the startup ecosystem with two full-ride scholarships to our October Product and October Strategy + Operations Sprints. โœจ


โ€Do you work at an early stage (seed/pre-seed) startup, or know someone that does?

This is an awesome opportunity to join The Commons to gain mentorship and structured skills building. ๐Ÿ‘‡


โ€Eligibility: You or your nominee works at a pre-seed or seed stage startup

โ€How to apply / nominate:

  • Take 2 minutes to fill out this form before October 5th at midnight EST (you can fill it in as many times as youโ€™d like!)
  • We will get back to all nominees with the outcome by October 7th
  • At least two individuals will be offered to enroll in our October Product or Core (Strategy + Operations) Sprint, with all costs covered by The Commons!

*Eligible for new enrollments only.โ€


โ€Don't work at a pre-seed/seed startup but want to drive awareness and opportunity to your network? You can leverage this copy to post on LinkedIn or other socials (be sure to tag The Commons!)โ€

๐Ÿšจ Calling all pre-seed or seed stage startup professionals! ๐Ÿšจ

The Commons just launched two full ride scholarships to their October Product and Strategy + Operations Sprints.

This is an amazing opportunity to level up and join @The Commons community so that you can deliver more impact on the job, build confidence and gain mentorship from a community of over 1000+ business + tech professionals.

โ€Apply or nominate a friend here before October 5th:

โ€And in case youโ€™re new here, The Commons is a social learning platform that helps ambitious professionals level up for strategic business roles in tech by combining interactive learning experiences, mentorship and community.

โ€Apply / Nominate Here


Whatโ€™s happening at The Commons

Upcoming events


Montreal IRL Hang
Meet community members IRL for some drinks + bites, to round out summer!

๐Ÿ“Montreal: Friday, September 30rd @ 6:30-8PM ET

๐Ÿ‘‹ Open to Community members + friends

โžก๏ธ Community Members check #general to sign up | non-community members, shoot us an email back if you want to join - it's a great opportunity to meet community members in an intimate (and non-intimidating!) setting


Resume Peer Review
It's never a bad time to update the ol' resume! Get paired up with another community member and exchange feedback on how to stand out from the crowd and best highlight your accomplishments

๐Ÿ“Monday, October 3rd - Friday, October 7th | Virtual

๐Ÿ‘‹ Community members only

โžก๏ธ Sign up in #general


Past events

โ€ICYMI last week we hosted these events. Members, you can find the recordings on our platform.

  • NYC Mixer: The Commons and Andrew Yeung hosted an IRL a mixer for members of The Commons community and new friends in business & tech.
  • Vancouver IRL Hang ๐Ÿป
  • Great Debate - MBAs: A discussion on a hot topic for many in our community - MBAs. We had 4 community members on the panel: 2 who have MBAs and 2 who thought about it, but opted not to pursue.
  • Mentor Office Hours: Two of our incredible mentors, Drayton (Product at Paysail) and Vidya (Strategy & Ops at DoorDash, ex-Facebook & ex-Uber), shared their trajectory and how they broke into tech, and answered community Q&As.


Application Deadline Alert!

โ€Looking to join The Commons? Your way in is through a Sprint. Apply to secure your seat below.


โ€Product Sprint

โ€You'll get end-to-end exposure to Product roles in tech, from strategy to execution.Kickoff is October 11. Seats are 50% full!

PS - we have 7 seats left for our Europe-based mentor (Sweatcoin, ex-Revolut). These openings are rare, so you should jump on it if you're based in Europe / Africa / Middle East!

โ€๐Ÿ’ฅ LAST CALL FOR 2022 ๐Ÿ’ฅ

โ€Learn more // Apply now


โ€Strategy + Operations Sprint

โ€You'll learn SQL, analysis, problem solving and data-driven recommendation building. Great for generalist roles in tech. Kickoff is October 17th.

โ€๐Ÿ’ฅ LAST CALL FOR 2022 ๐Ÿ’ฅ

โ€Learn more // Apply now


โ€Strategic Finance Sprint

โ€Our November Strategic Finance Sprint is officially open! It'll be an extremely curated cohort of <20 seats.

๐Ÿ’ฅ LAST CALL FOR 2022 ๐Ÿ’ฅ

โ€Learn more // Apply now


โ€Sold Out Sprints

โ€Core (Strategy + Operations) September 2022

Revenue Growth September 2022

Strategic Finance September 2022

โ€*email us if you want to secure an early seat for Jan!


โ€View all Sprints



Introducing: Circles


In case you missed it, late this summer we launched The Commons Circles ๐Ÿ’ซ


TL;DR on Circles ๐Ÿ‘‰ A Circle is a small group of community members with a common interest in a topic. They meet at a set cadence to explore that topic together. In the past 2 months, we've launched four Circles with more on the way.

Check out past topics here.

โ€So what's happening with Circles NOW?! ๐Ÿค”

We've heard you loud and clear: this community absolutely ๐Ÿ’š Circles and wants to lead & join more of them! So, we're putting that power into your capable hands.

๐Ÿ’ฅ Today, we'relaunching a new way for all community members to create and lead Circles through our Platform.


โ€How it works:

  • Every month, we'll drop a list of the hottest topics from our community's discussions on our platform's Circles page
  • Upvote the topics to indicate interest
  • And sign up to Lead a Circle that you're particularly passionate about
  • Once we secure a Lead for a Circle, we'll support them in getting their Circle set up so we can launch it in #commons-circles ๐ŸŽ‰

Circles will continue to be intimate groups ย (<10 people), so seats are highly coveted and only for members of this community! By handing the power of creating Circles to you, we want to be able to launch more Circles so more people can jump into this unique combined learning & networking experience.

๐Ÿช‚ So without further ado ... this month's Circle topics for have officially DROPPED ๐Ÿช‚


โ€Jump in and secure your spot by signing up to Lead one of them below โฌ‡๏ธ


Your weekly level up


If you've been following along, you're probably used to seeing interview questions here. We're updating this section to interchange between interview questions and hot jobs!

Here are this week's hottest jobs โฌ‡๏ธ


๐Ÿ“A community member works here

๐Ÿค Someone in our community can make introduce community members to the hiring team


๐Ÿ“๐Ÿค Business Operations Manager at Pepper (Remote US / Can): Pepper is building the digital OS for the food supply chain. Their eCommerce platform enables food distributors to find new customers, deepen relationships, grow revenue, and run more efficiently. It was started by the team that scaled Uber Eats. Community members, check out more about the role here and reach out to Anna T. if interested.


๐Ÿ“๐Ÿค Senior Business Analyst at Velocity Global (Remote North / South America): Velocity Global offers companies the ability to hire, manage, and pay global talent on one platform. The team is growing a lot (including bringing on several members of The Commons!). Community members, check out more about the role here and reach out to Justin C. if interested. Product Manager at Alchemy (NY or SF): Alchemy's mission is to bring blockchain to a billion people. The Alchemy Platform is a developer platform designed to make building on the blockchain easy. They sit in the Web3 infrastructure and tooling space.

๐Ÿ“๐Ÿค Risk Strategy Analyst at Wave Financial (Toronto): Wave is a Toronto-based FinTech that provides financial services and software for small businesses. "If you are an individual who has superb business acumen and loves to derive insights from large datasets, then this might be the role for you" - Marco, Manager Fraud & Risk Operations. Spoiler: there are several members of The Commons (including Marco!) who work at Wave Financial! Community members, check out more about the role here and DM Marco F. if interested!

๐Ÿ“๐Ÿค Strategic Operations Manager, Regulatory Operations & Safety at Uber Canada (Toronto): Several members of The Commons have worked with the hiring manager, who is described as "A wise and empathetic leader". If you are interested in process management, safety, identity, compliance, and interacting with policy, legal, transit and government agencies, then this is the role for you. Community members, check out more about the role here and DM Wafic with your resume and a short blurb about why you're a great fit if interested!


Daily Market Briefs

โ€I passed out while reading todayโ€™s financial news

Okโ€ฆI didnโ€™t

But financial news is boring, hard, and nobody has time for it

โ€ฆ Except for the 20,837+ brilliant people who signed up for Daily Market Briefs

โ€Get financial news thatโ€™s quick and easy to read (with a pinch of humor) straight to your inbox every morning, for free.

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โ€While this is technically an #ad, we've been working with the folks behind Daily Market Briefs - they, and the newsletter, are awesome. Definitely check it out!


Picking the right company

โ€We have many community members who are evaluating opportunities at early stage companies, and there have been many discussions around how to pick the right company. Andrew - a new community member - has spent time working in generalist roles across multiple industries - enterprise tech, consumer healthcare, fintech and CPG. Three times, he was brought in as the first non-technical hire to build out operations and execute infrastructure and process improvements, ultimately scaling companies from 0-50 and 20-800.

We asked him for his advice on picking companies to join as the first non-technical hire. Here's what he had to say ๐Ÿ‘‡

"I would love to connect with anyone who needs a listening board or wants feedback on my experiences. The most important lesson is to set personal and professional boundaries.

โ€Howโ€™d you pick which companies to join?

โ€This usually came down to understanding the founder & technical leadsโ€™ ability to provide and take feedback. By having a constant flow of feedback / me questioning process / how decisions are made allows me to quickly start implementing culture across the company so team members can start running in their own lanes without the need for founder approval 24/7."

What are your considerations? Join the thread or DM Andrew in Slack to jam on it!


A man is allocated a task. He doubles the task done everyday. If the man completely does the task in 18 days, how many days did it take for the man to complete 25% of the task?

Check out the answer here.


New York Mixer

โ€We had such a great time meeting community members - and new friends - in NYC. Shout out to Andrew for helping put on such an awesome event last week ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ—ฝ

Follow us on IG and TikTok for a sneak peek coming soon!



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