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5 in 5! with Brian Norgard, Founder of Chill.com

August 31, 2012

Chill.com logo 120x80 5 in 5! with Brian Norgard, Founder of Chill.com  Chill.com is one the fastest growing social video sites in the world and sits directly at the intersection of technology and entertainment.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

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Brian Norgard, Chill.com Founder

I got started by being curious about how things worked. I love to dive into complicated systems and figure out the levers. Most good things start with being curious about their surroundings. It also doesn’t hurt to get out of your comfort zone and talk to people in the industry you find interesting. It’s there you’ll learn what’s really going on. Don’t be shy either. You wouldn’t believe how open folks are to helping young people that show a sincere desire to acquire knowledge. Just go for it.

2. What’s the future of your industry or job?

Chill is at the intersection of entertainment and technology. It’s clear both of these industries are in state of flux. In less than a decade my sense if that these industries will become one. It’s already happening. And that’s what’s so exciting about being alive right now. We all get to participate in this transition. The reason so many people are inquisitive about Chill is simply because we have a seat in both industries and—through innovation and will—are trying to bring them together. It’s an entrepreneurial dream but it won’t be easy. I am fine with that. I like challenges.

3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

We start by looking for people who are curious about the world. People who love to learn, explore and inquire. Entry-level candidates must also be able to meet goals and remain disciplined even in a chaotic environment like a startup. It always helps to find a candidate that’s generally happy and fun to be around. We have a ‘no a*shole’ rule at Chill. Why? You spend more time with the people you work with than you do with your family. It should be an enriching and enjoyable experience. If it’s not then your quality of life will suffer.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

Do your homework. Study the company you are interviewing in a non superficial way. Do your best to understand the market. Ask questions. You’d be shocked what happens when you ask hard questions.

5. Can I intern with Chill.com?

We’re currently accepting applications – apply here to be a Chill.com intern.

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