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A SERIES OF 

HAPPY ACCIDENTS*
* HOW WHITMAN PREPARED ME 

FOR THE STARTUP CAREER I 

DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I WANTED
DISCLAIMER
I MAY MAKE DATED REFERENCES TO A WHITMAN OF
YESTERYEAR; FLY OFF ON TANGENTS; USE INDUSTRY-
SPECIFIC LEXICON THAT IS, HONES...
SO WHO AM I? 

AND WHY DO YOU CARE?
ENGLISH MAJOR
ALMOST HISTORY & 

PHILOSOPHY MINOR
DUMB JOCKImage courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/gtcooper25/7021437345/
WOULD-BE GEEKImage courtesy IBM
SO, IN SHORT, YOUR USUAL, 

WELL ROUNDED, 

LIBERAL ARTS GRADUATEImage courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/yqakent/87566...
SO I LEFT WHITMAN 

AND WHAT WAS THE 

FIRST JOB I HAD?
WELL, 

I WAS A LACROSSE COACH
AND A NANNY. DUH.
SO WHAT WAS THE FIRST
CAREER OPPORTUNITY 

I HAD?
LITERARY AGENTImage courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/quattrostagioni/6363562459
WHAT COULD GO
WRONG?
💩
Image courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/design-dog/10538897554
SO, 

NO GOLD WATCH. 

NOW WHAT?
WTF IS A
STARTUP?
WRITING 

AND EDITING
A DOZEN YEARS
OF STARTUPS
BUT STILL, 

SOMETHING WAS MISSING
OPEN SOURCE
COCA-COLA, DAIMLER, FACEBOOK,
KICKSTARTER, INSTAGRAM, INTEL,
GOOGLE, NIKE, TARGET, TWITTER,
VERIZON… 



AND MANY, MANY, M...
PIE ALUMS ARE CURRENTLY WORTH
MORE THAN HALF OF A BILLION
DOLLARS AND EMPLOY ALMOST A
THOUSAND PEOPLE
IN CASE YOU’VE FORGOTTEN, 

I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO BE
DOING THIS. I’M JUST LUCKY. 

REALLY, REALLY, REALLY LUCKY.
BUT ENOUGH
ABOUT ME
WHAT DO I WISH I
HAD KNOWN HERE?
THERE IS NO
“CAREER PATH”
EMBRACE THE 

RANDOM VARIETY OF
LIBERAL ARTS LEARNING
FIND COMFORT 

IN BEING 

UNCOMFORTABLE
FOCUS ON THE
ASSIGNMENT
DON’T LET ACADEMICS
PRECLUDE LIFEImage courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/lyza/48034431/
ENJOY
YOUR MAJOR EXAMS
WHAT YOU KNOW IS FAR
MORE APPLICABLE THAN
YOU REALIZE
COMMON SENSE
IS NOT COMMON
ONE PARTING
THOUGHT…
IF SOME DUMB JOCK FROM
20TH
CENTURY WHITMAN CAN
JUST BUMBLE INTO THIS,
IMAGINE WHAT YOU CAN DO
THANK YOU!
@TUROCZY
RICK@PIEPDX.COM
A series of happy accidents
A series of happy accidents
A series of happy accidents
A series of happy accidents
A series of happy accidents
A series of happy accidents
A series of happy accidents
A series of happy accidents
A series of happy accidents
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A series of happy accidents

  1. 1. A SERIES OF 
 HAPPY ACCIDENTS*
  2. 2. * HOW WHITMAN PREPARED ME 
 FOR THE STARTUP CAREER I 
 DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I WANTED
  3. 3. DISCLAIMER
  4. 4. I MAY MAKE DATED REFERENCES TO A WHITMAN OF YESTERYEAR; FLY OFF ON TANGENTS; USE INDUSTRY- SPECIFIC LEXICON THAT IS, HONESTLY, AMORPHOUS, AT BEST; AND BABBLE NEARLY INCOHERENTLY FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE AN ETERNITY. YOU CAN ALWAYS END YOUR SUFFERING BY RAISING YOUR HAND AND ASKING ME TO ELABORATE, CLEARING YOUR THROAT LOUDLY, COUGHING WHILE BLURTING OUT EXPLETIVES, OR SIMPLY BY GETTING UP AND WALKING AWAY. 
 IT’S COOL. I GET IT.
  5. 5. SO WHO AM I? 
 AND WHY DO YOU CARE?
  6. 6. ENGLISH MAJOR
  7. 7. ALMOST HISTORY & 
 PHILOSOPHY MINOR
  8. 8. DUMB JOCKImage courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/gtcooper25/7021437345/
  9. 9. WOULD-BE GEEKImage courtesy IBM
  10. 10. SO, IN SHORT, YOUR USUAL, 
 WELL ROUNDED, 
 LIBERAL ARTS GRADUATEImage courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/yqakent/8756660312
  11. 11. SO I LEFT WHITMAN 
 AND WHAT WAS THE 
 FIRST JOB I HAD?
  12. 12. WELL, 
 I WAS A LACROSSE COACH AND A NANNY. DUH.
  13. 13. SO WHAT WAS THE FIRST CAREER OPPORTUNITY 
 I HAD?
  14. 14. LITERARY AGENTImage courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/quattrostagioni/6363562459
  15. 15. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
  16. 16. 💩
  17. 17. Image courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/design-dog/10538897554
  18. 18. SO, 
 NO GOLD WATCH. 
 NOW WHAT?
  19. 19. WTF IS A STARTUP?
  20. 20. WRITING 
 AND EDITING
  21. 21. A DOZEN YEARS OF STARTUPS
  22. 22. BUT STILL, 
 SOMETHING WAS MISSING
  23. 23. OPEN SOURCE
  24. 24. COCA-COLA, DAIMLER, FACEBOOK, KICKSTARTER, INSTAGRAM, INTEL, GOOGLE, NIKE, TARGET, TWITTER, VERIZON… 
 
 AND MANY, MANY, MANY MORE
  25. 25. PIE ALUMS ARE CURRENTLY WORTH MORE THAN HALF OF A BILLION DOLLARS AND EMPLOY ALMOST A THOUSAND PEOPLE
  26. 26. IN CASE YOU’VE FORGOTTEN, 
 I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO BE DOING THIS. I’M JUST LUCKY. 
 REALLY, REALLY, REALLY LUCKY.
  27. 27. BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME
  28. 28. WHAT DO I WISH I HAD KNOWN HERE?
  29. 29. THERE IS NO “CAREER PATH”
  30. 30. EMBRACE THE 
 RANDOM VARIETY OF LIBERAL ARTS LEARNING
  31. 31. FIND COMFORT 
 IN BEING 
 UNCOMFORTABLE
  32. 32. FOCUS ON THE ASSIGNMENT
  33. 33. DON’T LET ACADEMICS PRECLUDE LIFEImage courtesy https://www.flickr.com/photos/lyza/48034431/
  34. 34. ENJOY YOUR MAJOR EXAMS
  35. 35. WHAT YOU KNOW IS FAR MORE APPLICABLE THAN YOU REALIZE
  36. 36. COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON
  37. 37. ONE PARTING THOUGHT…
  38. 38. IF SOME DUMB JOCK FROM 20TH CENTURY WHITMAN CAN JUST BUMBLE INTO THIS, IMAGINE WHAT YOU CAN DO
  39. 39. THANK YOU! @TUROCZY RICK@PIEPDX.COM

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