x.ai Pros And How They Do It: William Treseder of BMNT

Name: William Treseder
Title: Partner
Company: BMNT
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Twitter handle: @williamtreseder
x.ai boss since: August, 2016
Describe yourself in one word: Intellective

Tell us one fun fact about you!
I danced flamenco in college. That’s sort of unusual for a random white guy from the suburbs. But it was particularly random because I started taking classes right after getting out of the Marine Corps.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Best part?
BMNT is a very unique company. We specialize in building teams to solve national security problems. That means I get to work on a wide variety of issues, from cybersecurity to wearables to drones. I love the variety of my work.

Worst part?
Problems are sticky. I have a hard time shutting off my brain in the evenings. It can be hard to get to sleep.

What type of meetings are you having? How many?
I have a mix of face-to-face, video chats, and over the phone. The total is probably 50 per month, although I try to keep that below 30 if possible.

How do you introduce Amy/Andrew to new people?  
I always give the same introduction: “Amy (copied) will find a convenient time for us to connect.” That leaves plenty of room to figure out if we are meeting in person or over the phone.

Any Pro-Tips you’d recommend to Amy’s other bosses?
Make sure to explicitly recognize Amy/Andrew as an AI and explain what it does when you are talking to anyone who falls into one or more of these categories:
– They work outside Silicon Valley.
– They are over the age of 35.
– They have a @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com or @msn.com email address.
– They work in the federal government.

What’s your favorite quote?
“How you do anything is how you do everything.” Details matter, and I always notice that my life is out of balance when I don’t take the time to do the small things to my usual high standard.


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