I don’t need a job.
I have everything I need.
My children are on my mind.
I love my job.
In the middle of this, a coworker asks me what I’m doing.
It’s been five months.
“Do you want to do a bit of freelance work?”
I say yes.
I work on an ad-tech startup called Lettonomies.
It has a good product and we’ve been working on a project that we’re excited to start next week.
“What’s that?” he asks.
I look at my résumé, and it’s a very long list of projects.
The job is, as it says in the job description, “a fun and creative opportunity to work on interesting, challenging, creative, and ambitious work that challenges the conventional wisdom about how companies should work”.
Lettoms founder and CEO, Alex Littman, says he’s always been a big believer in being an optimists.
“I’m not going to be satisfied with just a job, I’m going to want to make something of myself,” he said.
I was happy to have this job because I feel like it’s where I belong.
“When you’re young, you want things.
You want to be in control of your destiny.
And you want it to be your life.
And I feel that I am in control.”
He says the company has found that the people who are the most focused on what they’re doing are the ones who have the most opportunity to change.
And so, he’s starting with an ad tech startup that has a mission to solve real problems in the world, to do that while being a “cool, hip, funny, and innovative company”.
“It’s about creating products and services that are both useful and useful in their own right,” he says.
I ask Littmans how he decided to move to San Francisco, where he’s spent the last five years, and he says it’s all about finding the people with the skills and the drive to get it done.
“We have a really diverse team of people who have been doing this for a long time.
You can see the DNA of a startup,” he told me.
And the reason I’m here?
“I love this city, I love this people.
I think it’s the coolest place to work,” he continued.
I asked him if he’s ever thought about moving to other cities, and his answer was that he’s never really thought about that.
“It depends on what the market’s like.
I really like San Francisco.
It makes sense to me.
I live in the Bay Area and it just fits the profile.
It gives me the ability to work from anywhere, I have access to the Bay, it’s close enough to everything, and the weather makes me feel at home.
I just love it.”
He added that Lettomies doesn’t plan to leave any of its founders behind in San Francisco because they’ve “always been incredibly passionate about the Bay”.
And he told the story of when he was 16 and he and a friend were in a car accident.
“They didn’t have any insurance, and there were a lot of young people in the car,” he recalled.
“That was the first time that I really felt that my friend didn’t understand the seriousness of what was going on.
So I said to him, “You don’t understand.
I know you don’t know, but I do.
“He’s still in the industry now and I’m glad to have him back.
I hope that Littoms will be around for a while, and that it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the company.
I can’t wait to hear what Lettomas future will look like.