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- I'm quite comfortable in ambiguity, and I'm most energized when I'm building something that will positively impact other people.
- I love experimenting with ideas, projects, and work. I'm never afraid to start back at the bottom in the service of learning something new.
- I was raised in an environment that didn't tolerate excuses and it's left an indelible mark on the way I own work and communicate with others.
What I value
- I value hard work and tenacity. When you show me you can solve hard problems by using your resources, you earn my respect.
- I value scrappiness, shipping, and a bias towards action. I'd rather get data on a prototype and mitigate future risk as fast as possible as opposed to trying to build the "perfect thing" on the first try.
- I value research and data. I think opinions are important, but research and data are king.
What I don’t have patience for
- I don't have patience for people who push blame onto others when the going gets tough. Own your successes and your failures.
- People who place too much importance on past successes, roles, or experiences frustrate me. I'm more concerned about what you can bring to the table right now to solve the problem in front of us. We're all just humans.
- I don't have patience for people who are motivated by status.
How to best communicate with me
- Write out your ideas in longform with data and research to back up your opinions.
- Don't surprise me. The more time I have to process information, the better I'm able to take action.
- Tell me stories with specific examples. My brain is hard wired for stories.
- I love in person communication and am never too busy for a chat.
How to help me
- Sometimes I can miss some details when I'm moving fast on a project. Point these out to me and tell me how they're related to our goals.
- In my bias towards action, I can create aggressive timelines. Let me know when a timeline is unreasonable and give me a good alternative.
What people misunderstand about me
- While my feedback can be direct, fast, and sometimes blunt, it does not mean that I'm critical of the capabilities of the person doing the work.
- I'm fiercely loyal to my team and what we're trying to achieve, but such loyalty doesn't mean I'm not open to ideas for improvement. Just tell me!