My friend Jack Herrick told me about an interesting technique he uses to test the character of the people he meets with.
The WikiHow offices are in a nice house just outside downtown Palo Alto. When he meets people in Palo Alto, he skateboards to the meeting and brings the skateboard in with him.
“If they let something as silly as the fact that I ride a skateboard affect how they view me, I don’t want to deal with them.”
The Skateboard Test is a perfect reflection of the Silicon Valley ethos–we don’t care what you look like, or what clothes you wear. If you can build killer product, we want to work with you.
Sadly, I lack any skateboarding skills, so I’ll have to leave this test to Jack. What’s your skateboard test?