Mike’s Memo: The .1 percent of the .1 percent

I think I got my position at iSentium as a fluke.  Well maybe not. You be the judge. Cast your vote at the end.

When I first met iSentium CEO Gautham Sastri, I was teaching his two boys how to swim and we all were having a blast. We never talked about his work or my background. Just about kid stuff. And I knew nothing at all about Artificial Intelligence.

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I don’t know what I said or what I did but somehow I convinced Gautham that I would be a suitable personal trainer for him…even though I had never done it before.

And so it all began.

I was always on time to our training sessions and I was always prepared. I found it funny that sometimes he would text to let me know he was running 90 seconds late. But I did not know about his real obsession for precision until one day he saw a plate at our workout and said, “The math is wrong. 11.3 KG does not equal 25.” And in fact, he was right. 11.3 KG equals 24.91224

 

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Then one night after training he asked me if I was free the following night to meet about a job. Like a job job with his company, iSentium.

Here’s what he knew (and perhaps why I was being considered):

-Mike is the fastest butterfly swimmer in the United States over 50.

-Mike comes prepared.

-Mike is consistent.

-Mike knows what it takes to win.

So.

The next night we met for 4 hours. Yes I got grilled for most of time. But not as much as the next day when we met for 7 hours. He made me an offer. I accepted.

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“You want to know why I hired you?” he asked.

“I hired you because you’re a winner. I like to work with winners.”

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