I first connected with Zach over a late night email thread many months ago. Yesterday, he walked through our doors here at Cyberdyne, took one look and said “this is perfect.” Can’t say I’m not super excited about that kind of excitement for what we’re doing here. Great to have you, Zach.
As I swung open the door at “Cyberdyne Systems” yesterday morning, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A few months earlier, after chatting with Reece and Chris about a potential internship, I’d been assigned to Project G.O.A.T.S., during which I was tasked with the odd job of finding (yes, seriously) real-live goats for SXSW. Most interns have to do some kind of cold-calling, but have you ever tried to convince local farms and mobile petting zoos that you just need to borrow their goats for the weekend to use as mascots at a giant tech conference? Not as easy as you might think.
So clearly the team at Shelby was crazy right? Well, yes. But is it pure insanity or the kind of directed madness that gets results? You tell me: Top Brands at SXSW
So this team matched the kind of brand awareness reserved for giants like Nike and CNN on a budget that probably cost less than the actual flights to Austin? Count me in.
Fast forward to my first day. I smiled as I passed the signs for Cyberdyne Systems that indicated Shelby headquarters. I was greeted by Reece, who’d lined my desk with a bunch of awesome Shelby gear and welcomed me to the office. It was pretty clear from the start that this office was a straight out of a tech entrepreneur’s dream. There’s a conference room set up with webcams, whiteboards lining the walls, a command center/workspace with tons of monitors, and an astroturf covered ping-pong room with a drum set and an original N64.
I sat down with Reece, who briefed me on the company mission and his “Get sh*t done” philosophy. He said that he wanted me to attend conferences, shadow some of his meetings, and he even put a reading list together for me of some of his favorite books and blog posts, part of which you can find here. It’s almost like he wants me to learn something during my internship. Weird, right?
I spent the rest of the day getting set up and playing with the brand new Shelby GT which, if you haven’t checked it out yet, is awesome. Do yourself a favor and sign up for the beta here. FYI, I’m crashing at Chris’s desk for the time being, right next to my favorite picture of all time:
But with all of the craziness and eccentricities aside, there’s one more thing that’s very clear when you step into the Shelby.tv office: focus. For the majority of the day people are jacked in, headphones on and in complete concentration. Sure there are group meetings, lunches, and rounds of ping pong in between, but I’m guessing it’s this level of focus that got them to where they are today. I’m so excited to be joining the incredibly talented team for the summer and will continue to update you on my progress.
- Zach || intern