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From Strategy Consulting to BizOps: How Julia Di Spirito Found Her Career Passion
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From Strategy Consulting to BizOps: How Julia Di Spirito Found Her Career Passion
When Julia graduated from university with a business degree in hand, she went into management consulting. But after a few years, she came to the same conclusion that so many young consultants do: this wasn’t exactly what she wanted to work on for the rest of her life. There was, however, the small question of what was next?
“The Skillful community helped me understand how to navigate these conversations - everything from compensation to career trajectories and day-to-days of the role - to get the answers I needed to make a confident decision in the company I would join.”
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From Strategy Consulting to BizOps: How Julia Di Spirito Found Her Career Passion
Skillfuler Story
From Strategy Consulting to BizOps: How Julia Di Spirito Found Her Career Passion
When Julia graduated from university with a business degree in hand, she went into management consulting. But after a few years, she came to the same conclusion that so many young consultants do: this wasn’t exactly what she wanted to work on for the rest of her life. There was, however, the small question of what was next?
Meet Gurmehar Sodhi: Consulting to leading BizOps for Uber Direct
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Meet Gurmehar Sodhi: Consulting to leading BizOps for Uber Direct
Meet Gurmehar Sodhi (Gurmee), a Skillful alum and Sr. Manager, BizOps at Uber Direct. Gurmee pivoted from consulting into the tech industry after joining the February ‘21 Core Sprint.‍ Gurmee joined the team as the first Canadian hire with a mandate to help grow the business quickly while ensuring operational rigour is maintained.
Meet Armish Sehar: Corporate Finance at a big Telco to BizOps at a Startup
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Meet Armish Sehar: Corporate Finance at a big Telco to BizOps at a Startup
Meet Armish, a Skillful alum and Ops Manager at Sampler, a startup that digitizes DTC product sample delivery. Armish pivoted from consulting into the tech industry after joining the Spring ‘21 Core Sprint.
From Strategy Consulting to BizOps: How Julia Di Spirito Found Her Career Passion
Skillfuler Story
From Strategy Consulting to BizOps: How Julia Di Spirito Found Her Career Passion
When Julia graduated from university with a business degree in hand, she went into management consulting. But after a few years, she came to the same conclusion that so many young consultants do: this wasn’t exactly what she wanted to work on for the rest of her life. There was, however, the small question of what was next?
Meet Gurmehar Sodhi: Consulting to leading BizOps for Uber Direct
Skillfuler Story
Meet Gurmehar Sodhi: Consulting to leading BizOps for Uber Direct
Meet Gurmehar Sodhi (Gurmee), a Skillful alum and Sr. Manager, BizOps at Uber Direct. Gurmee pivoted from consulting into the tech industry after joining the February ‘21 Core Sprint.‍ Gurmee joined the team as the first Canadian hire with a mandate to help grow the business quickly while ensuring operational rigour is maintained.
Meet Armish Sehar: Corporate Finance at a big Telco to BizOps at a Startup
Skillfuler Story
Meet Armish Sehar: Corporate Finance at a big Telco to BizOps at a Startup
Meet Armish, a Skillful alum and Ops Manager at Sampler, a startup that digitizes DTC product sample delivery. Armish pivoted from consulting into the tech industry after joining the Spring ‘21 Core Sprint.
Meet Jonathan: Entrepreneur, Professional Athlete and now, Product Owner at a Fintech startup
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Meet Jonathan: Entrepreneur, Professional Athlete and now, Product Owner at a Fintech startup
Meet Jonathan, a Skillful alum and Product Owner at Neo Financial, a Fintech startup. Jonathan is an entrepreneur, professional athlete and now, a Product Owner at a startup, after joining the November ‘20 Core Sprint and September ‘21 Product Strategy Sprint. 
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Today we want to talk about the phrase “bias for action.” Specifically what it is and why tech companies look for this quality in candidates. Those of you who work in tech have probably thrown the phrase around a million times. Those who are recruiting have certainly heard it too. But what does it mean?
Skillful Digest (11/18/2021)
Skillful Insider Newsletter
Skillful Digest (11/18/2021)
Just. Get. Started.That’s one of our biggest takeaways from Christian Keil’s excellent profile of Packy McCormick from a few weeks ago. Packy is of course the author and creator of Not Boring, a business strategy and trends newsletter that has evolved into a community, investing syndicate, job board and VC fund.
Skillful Digest (11/04/2021)
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Skillful Digest (11/04/2021)
This one is for all aspiring product leaders 📣 Virtually every company preaches the value of diversity. But few properly articulate why a multitude of perspectives actually leads to better products. Sasha Pang, a Product Manager at Facebook, fixed that on the latest episode of Need to Know.
Skillful Digest (10/22/2021)
Skillful Insider Newsletter
Skillful Digest (10/22/2021)
Today we want to talk about the phrase “bias for action.” Specifically what it is and why tech companies look for this quality in candidates. Those of you who work in tech have probably thrown the phrase around a million times. Those who are recruiting have certainly heard it too. But what does it mean?
Skillful Digest (10/07/2021)
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Confidence is often the key missing piece to leading a successful and rewarding job search. Imposter syndrome is something that resonates with many Skillfulers, our team included!
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In our last update we spoke about Pete Huang’s approach to finding jobs in startup land. Namely to find sectors that interest you, and then build a pipeline of companies in those sectors. Today we’ll talk about a slightly different approach.
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The Podcast: Need to Know
Thomas Hamilton - COO at Automate Medical
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Thomas Hamilton - COO at Automate Medical
After deciding corporate law wasn't for him, Thomas Hamilton forged his own path into the world of start-ups. He co-founded and is now COO at Automate Medical, a tech company that builds open-source developer tools to help bridge the many gaps they see in the medical software market. Join our host Kris, as Thomas shares with us his key learnings and insights from across the board, touching on his experience in making a major career transition as well as what it takes to be an operator at a fast-paced tech start-up!
Christian Keil - Chief of Staff at Astranis
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Christian Keil - Chief of Staff at Astranis
Christian Keil, an internet lover turned operator, shares some intimate insights into his own journey of becoming the ultimate generalist. Currently he is the Chief of staff at Astranis, a company reinventing internet satellites by making them at a fraction of the size and cost. Join our host Kris, as Christian shares with us how he became an "almost" entrepreneur at the age of 14, to what made him walk away from his own project as a founder and how he broke into the San Francisco world of start-ups and tech!
Andre Charoo - GP at Maple VC, Ex Uber, Hired
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Andre Charoo - GP at Maple VC, Ex Uber, Hired
Andre Charoo, founder and GP at Maple VC, a San Francisco based seed stage fund, talks candidly about his journey that led him into venture capital. We find out how Andre realized he didn’t want to be a founder, and how that led him to jump into the start-up world as the 25th hire at Uber and later the 15th employee at Hired. Join our host Luis, as Andre shares with us what it really means to know and play to your strengths and build a strong network, no matter where you find yourself.
Thomas Hamilton - COO at Automate Medical
PODCAST
Thomas Hamilton - COO at Automate Medical
After deciding corporate law wasn't for him, Thomas Hamilton forged his own path into the world of start-ups. He co-founded and is now COO at Automate Medical, a tech company that builds open-source developer tools to help bridge the many gaps they see in the medical software market. Join our host Kris, as Thomas shares with us his key learnings and insights from across the board, touching on his experience in making a major career transition as well as what it takes to be an operator at a fast-paced tech start-up!
Christian Keil - Chief of Staff at Astranis
PODCAST
Christian Keil - Chief of Staff at Astranis
Christian Keil, an internet lover turned operator, shares some intimate insights into his own journey of becoming the ultimate generalist. Currently he is the Chief of staff at Astranis, a company reinventing internet satellites by making them at a fraction of the size and cost. Join our host Kris, as Christian shares with us how he became an "almost" entrepreneur at the age of 14, to what made him walk away from his own project as a founder and how he broke into the San Francisco world of start-ups and tech!
Andre Charoo - GP at Maple VC, Ex Uber, Hired
PODCAST
Andre Charoo - GP at Maple VC, Ex Uber, Hired
Andre Charoo, founder and GP at Maple VC, a San Francisco based seed stage fund, talks candidly about his journey that led him into venture capital. We find out how Andre realized he didn’t want to be a founder, and how that led him to jump into the start-up world as the 25th hire at Uber and later the 15th employee at Hired. Join our host Luis, as Andre shares with us what it really means to know and play to your strengths and build a strong network, no matter where you find yourself.
Marcus Bertilson - VP of Go-to-Market at Thumbtack
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Marcus Bertilson - VP of Go-to-Market at Thumbtack
Join Luis as he chats with Marcus Bertilson, VP of go-to-market at Thumbtack - an online platform that matches customers with the best local professionals. Thumbtack is backed by investors like the Qatar Investment Authority, Blackstone, Sequoia Capital and CapitalG, and is currently valued at $3.2 billion. Listen to Marcus give advice on how to find the right metric(s) for success, the benefits of cross-functional teams and what that means for operators working in tech today!
Pete Huang - BizOps at WorkOS, Ex Airtable
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Pete Huang - BizOps at WorkOS, Ex Airtable
Join Kris as he chats with Pete Huang, currently leading BizOps at WorkOS - A San Francisco based startup that is building Stripe for enterprise ready features. Pete and Kris dive into multiple topics together - from the importance of the role of sales at startups, all the way to how Pete has decided which startups to jump into. This is a recording from a Skillful Fireside Chat where our community came together to connect and listen to Pete’s story.
Ahmad Bani - COO at Wisp
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Ahmad Bani - COO at Wisp
Join Luis as he speaks with Ahmad Bani - COO at Wisp, a telehealth company focused on providing accessible and affordable primary care prescription medication and natural remedies to its customers. Ahmad shares with us how he keeps calm when facing storms at work and the importance of being a generalist that can strike a balance by thriving in chaos while also building (some) structure.
Hadar Dor - Product Lead at Shopify
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Hadar Dor - Product Lead at Shopify
Kris chats with Hadar Dor, Product Lead at Shopfiy. Hadar shares his insights on how to build your career as a generalist (or not) and narrowing in on the right role for you. We also dive into Hadar’s perspectives on what it means to influence without authority, and the importance of this skill inside and outside of the product world. We hope you enjoy the conversation!
Sasha Pang - Product Manager at Facebook
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Sasha Pang - Product Manager at Facebook
Kris chats with Sasha Pang, Product Manager at Facebook. Sasha dives right in with us and shares what it takes to lead with empathy and the lasting impact that can have in the cross-functional world of product. Hang on until the very end of this episode - Sasha also shares her unique experience and perspectives on what it takes to transition to a new role. We hope you enjoy the conversation.
Sri Batchu - Head of Growth at Instacart
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Sri Batchu - Head of Growth at Instacart
Luis chats with Sri Batchu, Head of Growth at Instacart - the online grocery delivery service we’ve all come to know and love (especially) over the past year. Sri shares the challenges he has faced throughout career transitions, how he jumped into a remote leadership role at the height of the pandemic and how he continues to foster and grow his network. We hope you enjoy the conversation!
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