Silicon Valley Outsider

Christian Keil
An inside look at Silicon Valley's startup culture, written for aspiring entrepreneurs who live outside the SF Bay Area.
Created 17 Jul 2019
  • Why you should choose a startup over a big company
    06 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    This week, I’ve been talking to a college senior who is deciding between Astranis and Big Company X. He loves our mission and the opportunity to do real work early in his career, but his advisors are ...
  • The Origin Story of Web 1.0 and 2.0
    29 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    On January 27, 2014, I made the second-biggest mistake of my investing life: I only bought $40 of Bitcoin. I tried to make up for it in 2015… but still only dropped $45. For those keeping track at hom...
  • When in doubt, 🚢 it
    22 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    Hi friends, 👋 This is my first draft of this newsletter — and the fact that I’m comfortable publishing it is a minor miracle. In consulting, I learned to title my first drafts “_v01,” rather than “_v...
  • An interview with Packy McCormick
    15 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey friends 👋 Two weeks ago, I hosted a fireside chat with Packy McCormick, and the wonderful folks at Chief of Staff Network were kind enough to let me share it with all of you! Our conversation is ...
  • Defining your career thesis
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 2
    Hi, new friends! 👋 So you all really like Packy McCormick, huh? Last week’s Outsider was a barnburner — 1,000+ views and two viral tweets later, I’m feeling the love and excited to introduce Silicon ...
  • The Packy McCormick Universe
    25 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Welcome to the folks who have joined us since last Monday! Join 516 fellow Silicon Valley Outsiders by subscribing here: Subscribe now Hi friends 👋, Last week, I binged all of the Packy McCormick con...
  • At a fast-growing startup, it’s everyone’s job to be a part-time recruiter
    18 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    My transition from recruited to recruiter was lightning fast: I had my final round interview at Astranis on a Wednesday, signed my offer on Friday, and interviewed from the other side of the same tabl...
  • How I came up with my startup idea
    11 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Welcome, new subscribers! I’m Christian Keil, the Chief of Staff of Astranis, and this is my newsletter for startup-interested folks who live outside Silicon Valley. I usually write about stuff like h...
  • Startups aren't as risky as you think
    04 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Startup life seems scary from the outside. Every time I talk to students about what it’s like to work in Silicon Valley, I get at least one question with this sort of emotional tenor: “Given that a li...
  • Three lessons from a year of weekly writing
    27 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    This week is the one-year anniversary of Silicon Valley Outsider! After 47 editions, this newsletter now goes out to 500 subscribers. I started from scratch: Christian Keil @cdkeil 100% subscriber gro...
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