I hate tough decisions.
I have learned (through having a child) that <<indecision>> is not an optional decision… especially when you are a Safety Officer or otherwise in charge of big dangerous things.
I have worked on (arguably) 2 Google Robotics programs. They each ended for their own reasons. I had to end the second because of the financial plan (it again had me riding a skateboard to work… and not even an electric one!)
You can see them around and of course I have pictures and pictures and pictures and stories and awesome stories…
I have kids and expenses and lawyer bills and startup debts…
I can not longer volunteer my time to the Electric Revolution (at the cost of my family)
This time around I will accept (if offered) a full time role.
Yea… yea… before at both Google and Tesla … I fought the employee thing. I WANTED to be a contractor – but – I WANTED to make a point of it… and charge a fair wage.
I charged a flat dollar a minute – $60/hr – on a LOT of jobs. Now… after self employment tax, healthcare, Social Security, Account… you want to know how much I earn from a fee like that?
Like $30 motherfucking bux an hour. (insert messed up pic here)
I am not greedy. I do not wish to dominate the world with evil robots. I would be happy with $144k to $160k starting.
For that I will get traction on my own time… work 12s for days on end figuring out what the hell is going on…
We start saving money.
- Greenhorn program to teach design for Manufacturing… to show…
- What it costs to engineer 3 versions
- What it costs to manufacture 3 versions
- What it costs to rework 3 versions
- … low volume… high volume… turn key and slave labor… hand filed and lights out manufactured
Programs like that –
Save the company $5M in a microsecond. Offset my costs.
Check my track record. Nobody has ever been hurt on my job site. Nothing shady has happened on my watch (and when I have detected shady… I have INDICATED hard…)
… and on like that…
I am converging on wanting to work for Google.
Even if it means 2 hours on the race track every day to get there (hence… I will NEED a salvaged Tesla to keep me busy. Paint it primer black and roll cage it lol…)