Office Hours: I'm the Chief of Staff at a YC startup and the former Communications Director for a congressional campaign. I'm Ali Rohde.Featured
Hi all! I’m Ali Rohde. I’m currently the Chief of Staff at Sourceress, an early-stage Y Combinator startup based in SF.I came to Sourceress from the world of politics, where most recently I led communications for the re-election campaign of Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5).Given I’m still relatively new to the tech world, I’ve made it a priority to meet other operators in the space. I’m a Fellow with Contrary Talent (https://contrarycap.com/talent), as well as a member of the Operator’s Guild (https://operators-guild.com/), the Renaissance Collective (https://www.renaissancecollective.co/), and the Chief of Staff Network (https://www.chiefofstaff.network/).I love sharing my learnings and making tech more accessible to those interested in the space. I’m launching my new newsletter this week (butwhatdoyouactuallydo.substack.com), and I keep a running list of resources that have helped me be more effective in the space, including:-- Some free tools: Video Speed Controller Chrome extension (for watching talks at 1.5x speed), Loom, and Library Genesis, http://libgen.li/ (for finding free PDFs of books you want to read)-- Books that have made me more effective as an operator: Atomic Habits and Never Split the Difference-- Good intros to technology: Swipe to Unlock https://swipetounlock.com/ and Harvard’s CS50x-- Memoirs/business books that provide an inside look at other companies and others’ experiences: The Everything Store, Super Pumped (Uber), Billion Dollar Loser (WeWork), Reset, Whistleblower (Uber), No Filter (Instagram), Alibaba, Elon Musk, Hatching Twitter, Uncanny Valley, Secrets of Sand Hill Road, What You Do Is Who You Are, High Growth HandbookAsk me anything about getting into tech, working in politics or government, building a network, what the Chief of Staff role entails/how to get it, life at a very early-stage startup, and anything else!And connect with me on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ali-rohde-90719970/) or Twitter! (https://twitter.com/RohdeAli)Looking forward to your questions!