Here’s our update for the last 2 weeks, and the end of the last bout of 2017.
Cash reserves/£ (approx, end Oct-17)
Costs last month/£ (approx, end Oct-17)
Cash reserves divided by spending last month
Months’ runway (rough estimate based on expansion budget, including commitments to donate, end Oct-17)
# of salaried employees (FTE, excluding freelancers)
8 (2.3 FTE)
Morale (on a scale of 1-10, full-time staff average)
Primary growth metric
Value 10 plan changes
Month on month (using 3 month average)
Monthly compound rate
Over 1 month (5-Nov)
Over 6 months
Over 1 year
Over 2 years
Over 3 years
Monthly growth chart - new “value 10” plan changes per month
Progress in 2 sentences
We made our targets. For the next month, we’ll be focused on our annual review.
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Plan change update
Michael Page, one of our plan changes from last year, became Policy and Ethics Advisor at OpenAI, which could be a key position in the new field of long-term AI strategy.
Weekly lag targets - value 10 plan changes
Value 10 plan changes
Week ending 5 Nov
Week ending 29 Oct
Week ending 22 Oct
Note that we had missed two plan changes in earlier weeks due to an incorrect date, so the figures from previous weeks have increased by 2.
What were the plan changes last week?
One person with a math PhD who is planning to switch from math research to AI safety or global priorities research.
Another person who took an important support role at a top AI org.
How did we make the targets?
Most of the plan changes are by people we’ve coached over the last year, and followed up with recently.
This vindicates previous efforts, but shows that there’s a significant lag on when they pay off. Many plan changes only become clear 3-24 months after coaching.
Almost all the plan changes involved a combination of (i) reading content about top paths, (ii) community introductions & connections in these paths, and (iii) one-on-one advice (we’ve spoken to all of them in-person). All these elements are complementary.
We’re excited by these results, since it suggests we have a scalable machine to produce more value 10 plan changes. We just need to keep improving each aspect: better online content, a better selection process, improving the coaching offering, and so on. We have lots of ideas, and we’ll go into more depth in the annual review.
Weekly lead metric targets
Lead metric scoreboard
At end of most recent period
Tier 1 coaching backlog (in weeks)
Hours spent coaching
New significant content releases running total
New tier 1s per content release within a month
We made all our targets, except the last one (which we’ve discussed in previous updates).
We did lots of coaching at EAG, we’ve continued to attract tier 1 leads, so have a large coaching backlog, and we released the following content:
Content released in the last two weeks
Our annual talent survey - where we survey organisation leaders about the biggest talent gaps in the community.
Podcast on evidence-based development policy with Claire Walsh of JPAL.
(And pandemics with Beth Cameron as reported last time)
Other key progress
5 of us attended EAG London last weekend, where we gave several talks, ran 3 mixers, did 15 user interviews about the coaching landing page, recorded 4 podcasts, and coached about 15 people.
We released an updated version of our coaching application form, which should make it easier to spot the people we want to coach, while speeding the process up for our readers.
Started on our annual review - sketched it out, made a timeline of achievements, and asked some donors for feedback on what to include.
Finished a huge article making the case for a focus on extinction risks, but which hasn’t yet been publicly promoted. Since we already have a large coaching backlog, we intend to promote it in Jan.
Our main focus for the next month will be our annual review. We’ll evaluate progress over the year, come up with plans for 2018, and write them up. In Dec, we’ll do our annual fundraise. Spare time will go into more coaching and content.
We probably won’t write another update until after the annual review, so till then,
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