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The Hottest Mixtape of 2016 | Edition 24 | August 8, 2016

"If a man does not have the sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can be lost in the sauce." - Gucci Mane

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I could say this well myself, but marketing guru Seth Godin says it better:

A career is often based on one of these three stances:

The Scientist does experiments. Sometimes they work, sometimes they fail. She takes good notes. Comes up with a theory. Works to disprove it. Publishes the work. Moves on to more experiments.

The Engineer builds things that work. Take existing practices, weave them together and create a bridge that won't fall down, write code that won't crash, design an HR department that's efficient and effective.

The Operations Manager takes the handbook and executes on it. Brilliantly. Promises, kept. Hands on, full communications, on time.

The scientist invents the train. The engineer builds it out. The operations manager makes it run on time.

Operations managers shouldn't do experiments. Scientists shouldn't ask for instructions on what to do next. Engineers shouldn't make stuff up...

Which hat do you wear?

Hint: you can change hats as often as you want. But be clear about the task at hand.


The truth: we are a company that thrives off of hat-swapping (no, that's not a euphemism). More truth: in a company as small and shifting as ours, leadership is observed and its absence is conspicuous.

Do what you do and do it as well. Be a tool to your coworkers, but be your own engine. When we lead together, rather than just work together, you'll see how quickly the concept of "if" goPuff will be a billion dollar company transforms into a reality of "when".

You can read more of Seth Godin's blog - he's a genius - here.


Good luck to all the managers! A few reminders: don't screw up, kill the game, show the people what they're missing, then give them what they want, enjoy setting up racks, believe in your dreams, call your mom, don't mistake a Nerds Rope for a Slim Jim, or a Slim Jim for a Nerds Rope, that's f*cking stupid, don't screw up, kill the game.

Philadelphia - 31.41
Boston - 25.94
DC - 28.56
Austin - 26.38
NYC - 34.99
Denver - 27.71
Phoenix - 18.41
Seattle - 23.76
Chicago - 33.92
Portland - 17.48
Manayunk - 18.16

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Name Vince Lestingi
Age 25
Hometown Philadelphia
Position Operations Manager

What's your goPuff story?

I graduated from Temple University in January and had used goPuff a few times. I thought the idea was awesome and had been following the growth. I saw that an Operations Manager position was available through Indeed so decided to apply. I didn't hear anything back right away so I setup interviews with places like Staples, AAA, etc. and didn't show up to a single one of the interviews (Puff Post is the first to know this, I told my parents/family I went to the interviews and that "they all went great, I'm waiting to hear back for a 2nd interview!"). Eventually I got a call from Jake and had a phone interview, setup an in-person interview with Simon (showed up in a suit and got a lot of funny looks), came back for another interview, and here we are five months later.

If you weren't working for goPuff, what would you be doing?

Probably faking my employment as a Staples or AAA employee while trying to make a living player poker and starting a business.

Cubed or crushed (ice)?

Crushed. Is this honestly a question? If you like cubed > crushed (unless the cubes are tiny) then call me at 215-584-5332...I have a few things to say to you.

What was your last job?

A landscaping company my friend and I started named "Collegiate Landscaping". Our stupid slogan was "We make the grade!"

Best part about/of working at goPuff?

The rapid growth and change that is constantly happening. I think it is necessary to take chances and be bold when growing a company so I am glad that everyone is on board for that. Who wants to walk into work everyday and do the same thing over and over again? Not this guy.

What's the hardest part of your job?

Getting in shape. I think I'm turning into an expired person (whatever that means) from all of the expired junk I eat.

What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on the job?

Running through a St. Patty's day parade when making a delivery because we were short on drivers. I definitely drew a lot of attention and made a few members of the band a little upset.

Best goPuff memory/moment?

Arslan learning how and when to say "Gucci".

What's your goPuff goal?

Become fluent in Albanian, Russian, and Yiddish.

Flimsy or firm (pillow)?

Firm beneath my head, flimsy on top of my head, and a moderately firm one to get my cuddle on with.

What was your best Halloween costume?

I covered myself in that glow in the dark spider web stuff that people put outside of their house around Halloween and wore a name tag that said "Charlotte". Probably my worst actually.

You can eat one type of cuisine for the rest of your life. Which is it?

Halal. Combo over rice...white sauce...never gets old.

When did you peak?

I had three girlfriends in 4th grade. Does that answer your question?

Ideal date?

Open bar. On a boat. Limited clothing.

Best flavor of Gatorade?

Cool blue with some CRUSHED ice.

Turn on?


Turn off?

"Hai, wat r u doin tn?"

Which words/phrases do you overuse?

Essentially, the word essentially.

You can trade places with one goPuffer for a day. Who is it and why?

Rafael. I'm trying to drive the beamer.

What advice would you give to other Managers?

Keep cool, but never freeze.

You can pick one question to be asked in this interview. Which is it?

Want to get drinks this week? I'm buying.

Now answer it.