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What's in the name?

September 9, 2019


Many ask us why we named our startup ‘Poor Alexander’. Here is the answer.

Benjamin Franklin was a founding father of the United States. His family’s wealth was humble. He enjoyed little formal schooling and was self-taught. He published a book called “Poor Richard’s Almanac”, in which he collected lessons others had learned.

The almanac provides the first part of our name. Because here we distil the lessons of psychological research, so that you can succeed.

Another founding father - Alexander Hamilton - provides the second part our name. Hamilton was born out of wedlock. His father abandoned him. His mother died from yellow fever when he was twelve. The courts seized most of his mother’s estate, plunging him into poverty. Later, Hamilton’s cousin fostered him but soon committed suicide. In short, Hamilton succeed though there were plenty of obstacles.

Searching for a job is frustrating. We want you to remember that success is possible. Hence our name.

About this blog

Poor Alexander is a website that helps job applicants do well in interviews. Here we write about interviews, CVs, employment, money, and psychology. Our articles are based on the primary research we do, the literature we review, and our own experience.

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