Deleted Answers From My Interview At Twitter

Photo captured by the talented Mark Frias of Student Life Network. Click to see more of his work.

Photo captured by the talented Mark Frias of Student Life Network. Click to see more of his work.

The following is more specific to getting hired at Twitter than the universally applicable career advice you’ll find in my SLN interview version.

This is an interview with Justin Vandenberg, Twitter’s Canadian Account Executive. Interview time was 47 minutes. The transcription was close to 5,000 words. Some soundbites just didn’t make it into the SLN interview, so here are the outtakes.

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Kamal and his wife, Ilona.

Kamal and his wife, Ilona.

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Startup Canada’s CEO Victoria Lennox on Hustle, Success & What She Learned From Her First Job

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Victoria Lennox
is the upbeat and extremely kind CEO of Startup Canada. This is an organization which works tirelessly to make ours a more entrepreneurial country, from a policy and culture perspective. Keep in mind Victoria co-founded Startup Canada fewer than five years ago, and put into context, it is a household name for everyone involved in the Canadian entrepreneurship community. Continue reading