Today is the day I unveil my face, and launch my first service 🙂
It’s almost 5 years I’m writing on this blog, and I’ve been hiding behind the Mr. RIP pseudonym.
I will continue to call myself Mr. RIP, but from now on you can also call me Giorgio 🙂
“RIP, ahem… Giorgio, why are you doing this?”
You can keep calling me RIP, I actually prefer being called RIP on my blog 🙂
Anyway, few months ago I got mentioned a couple of times by an Italian Youtuber, Marcello Ascani, who also invited me to record a video together. I was already thinking about “going public” so I replied “Why not?”
It took several months of Covid induced procrastination but finally we met in Zurich at the end of January 2021 and recorded the video that Marcello published today on his channel:
“Yeah, but why were you – according to your own words – ‘already thinking about going public’?”
I don’t hide that I want to launch products and services connected to my blog (first one announced few paragraphs below, keep reading). I would like to monetize my blog in the most ethical way possible. Please, also check the Transparency page about my intentions and ethical principles.
I think if I’m going to offer services and products, you have the right to know who you are sending your money to.
Plus, my “secret” identity was already a joke. Everybody knew it, people started adding me on LinkedIn thanks to the spare information I disseminated on my blog… I didn’t hide myself very well 🙂
Of course I’m scared as fuck!
I removed hints about my exact domicile, I removed sources of potential (annoying) legal issue with Italian Fake Gurus, and I’m not comfortable knowing that my neighbors could Google my name and find out my Net Worth.
But we’re in Switzerland! If you break in a random house you’re more likely to find valuable stuff than at my place. If you kidnap a random kid you’re more likely to find richer parents than us…
I remember the first proverb I was told when I arrived here in 2012:
What would you do if you woke up and discover you have 1 million in the bank?
Nothing, there’s no shame in being poor in Switzerland.
Funnily enough, I’ve spent the following 6 years trying to become that poor person 🙂
This relieves me.
Probably, if we move back to Italy I’ll take a lot of valuable information down, especially about Net Worth and Income. It would kind of kill the blog, I guess.
“RIP, you didn’t give us the full picture though. Giorgio… what? What’s your last name?”
Oh, come on. Even my dog found me on LinkedIn – and I don’t have a dog. Put some effort, please.
“Right, I found you! So in the end Hooli…”
Yep, wasn’t it obvious?
Hooli = Google
You got me! 🙂
You can also find me on Google Maps 😀
“Haha awesome… anyway, you said you’re launching a service. What is it about?”
I’m launching Mock Software Interview Package, which is a 90 minutes 1:1 video call with me during which I will conduct a mock tech interview – as if you were being interviewed for a Software Engineer position at a FAANG company.
I will disclose my interview feedback with you, and help you develop a strategy to increase the chances to get a job at a dream company 🙂
Check the service page for more info, FAQ, booking an appointment, pricing etc.
“Dream Company? Didn’t you fall into burnout/depression/de-passion after few years working for a ‘dream company’?”
Sure, well… I wouldn’t call 7.5 years “few” btw.
But as I said so many times, I still think almost everyone working in IT would benefit a lot from a job experience in a large tech company. I could talk about that for hours: a lot of money, smart colleagues, awesome tools, a lot of money, impactful projects, prestige, a lot of money, unlimited internal career growth, unlimited external career opportunities, and… did I already say “a lot of money”?
My story is a bit bitter, but it’s just a story. I know many people who are happy and wealthy at Google or in other Large Tech companies.
I ended up joining Google at age 35, very late. Already a bit de-passionate from previous experiences, with a skillset not easily adaptable to web development (I fell in love with low level C++ videogame development), with a family to build and nurture, with some unlucky career moves along the way: I stayed too long in my original team, I should have changed team earlier, I should have quit the company way earlier and tried something different.
But my first 3 years at G. were awesome, even considering all the things above! I’d recommend this experience to everyone.
Unless you already have a lot of money, a few business ideas, and a strong desire to become an entrepreneur today, I think you can benefit a lot from an experience in a large tech company 😉
“Wait… isn’t this a blog about Personal Finance, Financial Independence… why do you want us to GET a job? We want to GET RID of jobs!”
Haha good point!
Well, if you’re already at a stage in your life where you need to get rid of a job… then maybe you shouldn’t even try to get a FAANG job. Prioritize your health, these jobs are very demanding.
But if you’re a passionate person who’s not already counting the days until retirement, well, maybe you should know that a FAANG job is the safest guaranteed path to FIRE.
Of course you can reach FI faster if you go the entrepreneur route, but the FAANG path is the less bumpy one, with guaranteed success in less than 10 years.
Just don’t get this job with FIRE in mind. Forget about it. Get this job and try to have fun.
Meanwhile, don’t inflate your lifestyle, save and invest 50+% of your salary and let the compounding magic work for you 🙂
Worst case, even after just 2-3 years you’ll have accumulated few hundreds thousands green soldiers fighting on your side.
Want to work for another company? Affirmative!
Want to launch your own startup? Roger! Deploy the troops!
Want to take a break? Copy that!
Want to retire?? Mayday Mayday they’re killing us! 😀
So… start early, at least a decade earlier than me, ideally in your early 20s. Fast track your accumulation phase, reach FI by 30, and then you’ll be unstoppable!
That’s all for today!