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08/25/2021 | Edition 0010

Weekly Gems ๐Ÿ’Ž

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ Hear from Amazon Web Services (AWS) leader & EQ member Alex. R,  a 1min ๐Ÿถ story & an exciting new role from, Clubhouse ๐ŸŽ™.
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โค๏ธ  ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ Marcus & the EQ Team



Meet Alex R.

We recently spoke with Alex Rigaud, Capacity Planning Lead at Amazon Web Services (AWS). An insightful chat on the qualities of an excellent leader. Alex discusses courage, to healthily challenging your peers & his own form of activism in the workspace including breaking down our own biases. 

Check out Alex's interview & say hello to Alex on EQ!

๐Ÿ’ก Inspiration ๐Ÿ’ก

Cadre Founder and CEO Ryan Williams joins Bill Lewis (Board of Directors, Harvard Management Company and Managing Director & Co-Chairman of Investment Banking, Lazard) to discuss the importance of diversity in asset management. Bill grew up in a segregated Richmond, VA and was the first African-American promoted to managing director at Morgan Stanley in 1982

Driving Diversity Through Democratization: A conversation with Bill Lewis and Ryan Williams

๐Ÿš– Tesla, ๐Ÿถ Dog's & Tennis Ball's ๐ŸŽพ 

I arrived in San Diego... ๐Ÿ˜…


We waited for our car, and JD, the Uber driver, rocked up. You guessed it, In the latest Tesla Model X, full loaded & full of energy. JD seemed to be in his early 50s; he talked about holidaying with ClubMed (some expensive ish) and just living his best life.

JD told me that Ubering (if that's a word) is the closest thing he has to a full-time job, and he made more money in 2020 than ever, but no one was getting Uber during Covid, I though? I was intrigued. We continued to talk during the 35min ride (typically how I navigate a city and ask the drivers who know it best). 

I was curious to learn how he spent his "extra" time; JD seemed highly knowledgeable about business & general market dynamics. We discussed inflation risk and ended up on doing business in the US. We concluded the US is a breeding ground for entrepreneurship. Here is why?

  1. The ability to try anything - Innovation is everywhere.
  2. Carve out a meaningful niche - the US is so big a Niche market is still enormous.
  3. The American consumer - Even Dogs buy things.

JD told me he has another income; he sells Junk online (Try anything โœ… ). I asked, "what kind of Junk? he said, "used tennis balls" (niche โœ… ) ๐ŸŽพ . "To whom?" He said his best customer is a German Shepard! dog toys (The American consumer & even the pets โœ… )

He said, "You would be surprised how much you can make with 5000 + old tennis balls found in country clubs after people play one set of tennis"; my gosh, that's resourceful, I thought!

Unlike anywhere I have been, opportunities in the US are everywhere; you have to know where to look and be prepared to act. 

Three days later, JD picked us up again on the way back from dinner, this time wearing a bright green sweater (what are the odds?) 

Let me know if you want to hear part two.....Click here to forward this email to a friend and you will be on the personal list.


๐Ÿ“š Book Club ๐Ÿ“š

One that i'm reading right now! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

Number-one New York Times best seller

A bold work from the author of The Black Swan that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility.

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means


Represent The Future Summit is Amazon’s second annual virtual career enrichment experience to uplift Black, Latinx, and Native American professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience. It’s happening now - see here for details (& shout out to EQ member Mark for flagging this one!):
Featured Event

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพ‍๐Ÿ’ป FEATURED JOB ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพ‍๐Ÿ’ป

๐ŸŽจ Art Director 

๐Ÿข Secret EQ Member: $2 trillion Valuation
โœ… Contract
โฐ Full time
 ๐Ÿ“Remote, USA

 ๐Ÿคฉ ! Apply here

โœ๐Ÿพ Copywriter

๐Ÿข Secret EQ Member: $2 trillion Valuation
โœ… Permanent
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๐Ÿš€ Head Of People Operations

๐Ÿข Hiring Company: Clubhouse
โœ… Permanent
โฐ Full time
 ๐Ÿ“San Francisco, CA, USA

Since the beginning of year, the Clubhouse team has grown 500%.
You are an experienced people leader. You have deep expertise in HR and developing an HR team. Ideally, you have built out the HR function at another high growth startup, and have gone on to lead it through various stages of scale
 ๐Ÿคฉ ! Apply here


๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ Learn how to use the client portal

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