The mission of Cobaltix Innovation Labs is to create a continually growing community of innovative, successful business leaders around the world who will move the world forward, and also pay it forward for those who follow them.
This goal will be achieved by bringing innovative interns and fellows with incredible potential in business and technology to the San Francisco Bay Area between their academic and professional lives, and giving them the training and mentoring to positively change the trajectory of their careers.
Fellows will be provided with a customized curriculum that will include instruction, reading and analysis on business topics, shadowing, and a structured mentoring program featuring twenty extremely successful business leaders and highly influential people. Instruction will include business, technology, innovation, professional communication, and ways of thinking common to highly successful people.
Cobaltix Innovation Labs is supported by Cobaltix, a successful high-end business and technology consulting firm in the US.
Fellows will have a workspace in the Cobaltix offices in San Francisco, and will benefit from working alongside and mentoring from some of the incredible people at Cobaltix.
Cobaltix offices are located at a beautiful historic building in SoMa (South of Market), an area known for innovation and incubation of high-tech start-ups.
San Francisco lies 45 minutes north of Palo Alto and Silicon Valley, 3 hours from Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, and a short drive to both the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University. The San Francisco Bay Area is also known for incredible food, a magnet for a wide variety of cultures, and as a focal point for innovation in the world.
Cobaltix Innovation Labs was founded on the idea of "pay it forward." This means, quite simply, that we are looking for people who are exceptional, and will not only benefit from the incredibly fast-paced training they'll receive, but will pay it forward in the future, when they are established and can make the world a better place by helping other exceptional people.
In the next 20 years, Cobaltix Innovation Labs hopes to bring about 150 fellows to the San Francisco Bay Area and propel them forward in their careers and position them to achieve great things. Some of these incredibly talented, bright, and gracious people will undoubtedly help to move the world forward, some in small ways, and likely some in big ways. Their real impact, though, will be felt if some of them are able to propel others forward.
We want to lead the people in this program to be force multipliers and to create an enduring good.
Do you enjoy doing things that people consider impossible and solving problems that others can’t figure out? Do you take things apart just to figure out how they work? Do the words ‘challenge’ and ‘solution’ get you interested? Cobaltix Innovation Labs might be the place for you.
We’d like to know how many computers you’ve built. Are you the person everyone asks to fix their computer issues? Have you ever been paid to fix someone’s computer? Are you interested in networking, cybersecurity, playing with big servers, Linux, and IoT?
There is no way to prepare you for the experience here. You will drink from the firehose, and it will be the first time you’ve every really been challenged technically and learning fast. Things move very fast here. Is this what you’ve been looking for since the first day you sat behind a keyboard?
If the answers to these questions is yes, this might be the place for you.
This fellowship is for people who think they can change the world. Grades don’t matter. Being smart does, as does how hard you work. If you’re one of those chosen, you’ll work harder than you’ve ever experienced. The pace will be fast, and we’ll expect you to be exceptional.
We’ll teach you how to run a P/L, what’s really involved in starting a company, sales and closing, the role of the narrative in business, how your brain works, influence and leadership styles—but none of these in an academic way. This fellowship is focused on changing the trajectory of your life. It is to prepare you to start and run a company. You’ll have more individual attention and mentoring that you’ve ever had before, and you’ll be challenged to learn faster than you ever have before.
Don’t think of applying, though, unless you understand the principle of paying it forward. We’re providing this opportunity to help some incredibly talented people make a difference in the world. We want each intern and fellow to make a similar difference in another person’s life in the future—we want you to pay it forward.
The criteria to choose among the talented candidates include the following:
Generally, we are looking for candidates with incredible potential to accelerate in fast-paced environments, be innovative in their approaches to problems, and make a real difference in the world.
Interviews happen around the world, based on feedback from key professors at some of the best hands-on technical colleges and universities around the world. Candidates will be nominated to interview during the on-campus interview periods at each school. Rarely, a candidate may interview by phone, but that is usually followed up by an in-person interview in that person’s home/adopted country.
If you would like to interview, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Gadola can give you more information and let you know the next time interviews will be conducted in your country.
Cobaltix Innovation Labs typically extends 3-4 internship offers per year, and 1-2 fellowship offers per year. It is rare that an offer is not accepted by a candidate. We typically make offers to approximately 1% of candidates that interview. While this may seem daunting, our criteria do not include grades, essays, resumes, or test scores. We concern ourselves with making sure candidates will be able to keep up. Our application process is almost entirely in person, and is based on 3 factors:
1. Technical or business skill (internship or fellowship, respectively)
2. Critical thinking and logic skills
3. How nice you are
The number of candidates we accept is not fixed. When we find a candidate where we can change the trajectory of their life, they will be coming to San Francisco in California.
Fellowships can range from 3 weeks to 3 months, depending on circumstances and the goals of the fellow. Cobaltix typically pays for flights, sponsors a visa (where necessary), and provides a computer and cell phone. Sometimes we may help with lodging but help with lodging depends on individual circumstances.
In the first week, we decide on goals—business, career, personal, and life goals. We move to medium and near-term goals. From these goals, we will create a custom curriculum, designed just for that person, tailored to their learning style and with the information/reading that will be most relevant to where they want to be.
For most fellows, the goal will be to start to launch their company (or do something similarly big) shortly after the end of the fellowship. The mentoring and support do not stop with the end of their stay in the US, though. The visit to the US just serves as an introduction and a means of setting up a common language.
Customized reading and one-on-one lectures/conversations on topics that will include business, technology, and understanding of how people think. There will be meetings every week, and the load will be heavy in this area. Fellows will learn more in this period than at any other time in their lives.
It should be noted: This is not for anyone looking to “get funded”. We are not gamblers—we know how to start and run successful businesses. If you want to get rich quick, this is not the way to do it. If you want to start and run a successful company, we can teach you a lot.
The Intern position will combine practical work experience with a learning experience that will include mentoring and instruction in technology, cognitive skills, and business.
We expect a 1-year commitment, and will also take care of the costs and sponsorship of a J1 visa, travel arrangements, US $32,000 in pay, and $12,000 in housing stipend for the successful candidate. The internship is in San Francisco, CA.
In the past, we have been fortunate to have many well-qualified candidates. Grades are not the most important factor for us. A strong base level of technical skills, attitude, work ethic, “smart” and “nice” are the most important criterion in our decision-making process.
We expect that most candidates will have solid skills around PC hardware, Windows, Macs, general troubleshooting, and solid understanding of operating systems. Some Linux and server skills are good to have as well, but the ability to learn these quickly will be equally valuable.
Former interns have described their time at Cobaltix as, “drinking from the fire hose” and have said that they learned more at Cobaltix than the sum of all of their learning before. The environment and culture are great, and the people are both supporting and happy to be mentors (on average the engineers at Cobaltix have 14 years of experience and we only hire the very best people). You should only apply for this internship if this type of learning environment appeals to you.
A few questions here will likely demonstrate what we are looking for: