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Co-founder and CEO of Probably Good.

Also a co-founder of EA Israel.

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  • We’re happy to see others offering alternatives to our career advice — this kind of competition is healthy and we are keen to encourage it in the ecosystem.

 

I wanted to chime in and say that while a lot of people / organizations say things like this, in my experience, 80,000 really does mean it and follows through. When we were setting up Probably Good (and not only then) the amount of encouragement and help we received from Michelle, Niel and others there has been incredible. 

Thanks for asking!

There are a few ways we distinguish ourselves, and hopefully complement 80K’s work.

  • Though the cause areas we care about are not mutually exclusive, we often focus on different cause areas (e.g. we’ve done a lot of work in global health and development, and have a talk about this work at EAG London - you’re welcome to come to the talk to hear more).
  • We aim to cater to a broader audience in terms of worldviews, geographic diversity, and educational background.
  • There are many differences in how we approach career advice, the most significant is that we are a lot more uncertain about things (as indicated by the name Probably Good) - this influences how we make recommendations, how we engage with advisees, what career paths we're open to, and more.

Finally, and most importantly, it’s worth noting that we believe that impact-focused career advice is an incredibly large and important field, so we think it's good to have multiple teams taking different approaches to it. Hence our primary drive for our work at Probably Good is not to be different from 80K (who are great and have been both an inspiration and a huge help in the creation of Probably Good), but rather to do more without necessarily trying to be similar.


 

No specific deadline currently.
I expect it'll be at least 2-3 weeks but it could also be longer than that.

Thank you Michelle for posting this!

I wanted to add that when we founded Probably Good, we were also worried of exactly the sort of things detailed here. The reality turned out to be much better than we had even hoped: We contacted 80k and everyone on the team were incredibly supportive. This is both true in their attitude (being happy to see more people in this space) and also in practice (with advice and help along the way).

So I'm very happy to say that I agree. There's still lots of areas to explore in EA career advice and the people at 80k are far far nicer than you'd expect from someone when you tell them you want to 'compete'* with them.

Besides that, naturally, if we (Probably Good) can help people with advice or anything else, we'd be more than happy to!

 

 

* I know, it's not really competing. We really are genuienly working towards common goals.

I generally agree with the idea and appreciate the clarity of this post.

 

One related thought which I think is potentially useful both for thinking of which projects to fund or to start:

Projects usually need to be scalable at advanced stages, but not at the start. It's ok (and even recommended* in many cases) to start doing things in non-scalable ways that aren't cost-effective.
A lot of times, the value in information \ experience \ growth is high enough that it's worth starting out doing things that you won't be able to sustain as you grow.


Obviously, there should be a plan (or at least ideas on how) to become more scalable later. I'd be looking for projects that have reasonable path(s) to being very scalable down the road.

 

* This link is advice for for-profit startups. It's only partially relevant for our context but the point I'm making is made there in more detail.

By the way, both Sella and I (Omer) will be at EAG. Feel free to connect, we'd love to chat with people who are interested in Probably Good and hear what you have to say...

Thanks for letting us know!

If that's alright, I'll send you an email with some questions to figure out what the problem is...

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