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- Chris’s good friend Dave Young joins the show again. He was first on episode 305 and then again on the initial “Consultant Impedance Matching” episode (409)
- The consultant episode is where the idea of the Consulting Forum was born. Interested in joining? Apply here.
- Dave has been spending many of his working hours changing out parts (Bubblegum Tapshoes)
- Dave mentioned it feels like a “cascade failure”.
- In the analog space, measuring things is getting easier because of integration, but there are fewer vendors overall.
- Dave made the switch from EAGLE to Altium and likes the capabilities of Altium365.
- Phillip / Alvaro / Memfault webinar
- Chris is skeptical about the “ever present need” of moving mechanical stuff on layouts
- Handling change management as a consultant
- Coaching consultants
- Chris learned the importance of personal finance and financial stability before consulting from Dave.
- Cornell summer accelerator
- Dave is the founder and runner of Blue Stamp Engineering, which helps high school kids learn by building. It has been running for 11 years.
- Common denominator of projects
- AI projects are popular, but they tell the students, “You don’t want to spend your summer cleaning data”
- Learning as a consultant
- Showing a track record
- The challenges of remote vs in-person education
- The students have a limit of 20 jumper wires for projects if being debugged over video. Ben Eater projects need not apply!
- Independent study / tutoring
- Find Dave online
Chris Gargle says
Succeeding as a consultant:
Have “no, seriously they’re just upper middle class” parents….
Have no college loans…
Have no bills..
Have no mortgage…
Be single with no kids or other responsibilities….
Save half your total income for a year…
Maybe start a MLM…
Find lots of clients….
If no clients, talk to your college buddies, FAEs or other over-paid sales people….
Find a partner with a really good paying job who can let you continue your electronics hobby and dream of being taken seriously….
Look on job boards then try to get hired via LinkedIn…..
Have your resume and contact info rejected…
Chris Gammell says
> Save half your total income for a year…
Start with that one and even the super snarky ones about upbringing and life scenario won’t be necessary. Hell, you won’t even have to work after about 17 years: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/01/13/the-shockingly-simple-math-behind-early-retirement/