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||CleanFacebook Product Manager, ex-Shopify, Brainstation First hire, Declining Ivey. Annie Zhang AtilaTV 3||Annie Zhang is a product manager at Facebook, working on the Facebook Watch team. Before that she was a PM at Shopify and the first employee at Brainstation. Annie graduated from Western with a Philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) degree after declining her acceptance into the Ivey business school program at Western University. We talk about how she landed the Facebook and Shopify PM roles and being the first employee at a high growth startup. What it was like working inside Facebook during the fake news controversy, why she declined her acceptance into prestigious Ivey HBA program and chose a regular Western degree, how to develop self-awareness and much more. Here are some highlights of the interview. Note: This transcript has been summarized for brevity, if you would like to help transcribe the full interview, edit videos or help Atila TV in any way, please send an email to email@example.com. Timestamps What were you like in high school? [1:24] Why did you decide not to go into Ivey? [7:45] How did the Shopify opportunity come about [14:37] How did you get the job at Facebook? [35:05] How to prepare for product manager interviews and the best books to use? [39:07] What’s it like inside Facebook during the fake new controversy? [43:29] What is Annie currently obsessed with? [58:14] How to develop self awareness and reduce cognitive bias [1:04:10] Final piece of advice [1:02:00] Links: Annie’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annie-zhang-ab254472 Annie’s blog post about her Shopify Role: https://medium.com/inside-shopify/shopify-you-mean-spotify-1-2-b7469e9d7e4d The PM Book Annie mentioned during the episode to help her prepare for the interview: Decode and Conquer: Answers to Product Management Interviews by Lews Lin: https://www.lewis-lin.com/decode-and-conquer/ Decode and Conquer on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2sXQMZX Cracking the PM Interview: http://www.crackingthepminterview.com/ Cracking the PM Interview on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Bdtd3S Charlie Munger’s 25 cognitive biases to help develop self awareness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqzcCfUglws Summary of Charlie Munger’s talk: https://www.allencheng.com/25-cognitive-biases-charlie-munger/||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMedical School Rejection Twice to Google and Pinterest Software Engineer|Ruth Grace Wong– Atila TV 2||You can find the transcript, video and more on atila.ca: https://atila.ca/blog/tomiwa/from-medical-school-rejection-twice-to-google-and-pinterest-software-engineer-ruth-grace-wong-atila-tv-episode-2 If you would like to help transcribe the full interview, edit videos or help Atila TV in any way, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Timestamps What were you like in high school? [1:50] Why she switched from wanting to studying to CS to wanting to be a doctor in high school? [2:45] Advice for people who want to go to medical school? [5:50] Learning compassion, empathy and gratitude from volunteering at a Hospice [7:30] How did you feel after getting rejected from medical school and what did you plan to do next? [8:30] How did you get the Google internship? [8:30] How did you get the Pinterest Job? [11:55] Software engineer by day, manufacturing engineer and maker by night [14:40] Lessons learnt from successful and failed projects? [16:50] Working for startup versus big companies versus starting your own company? [18:45] Advice for females in tech on taking more opportunities? [22:45] How to network and prepare for interviews for a top tech company? [25:45] How Ruth plans on raising kids while furthering her career? [28:25] What is Ruth currently obsessed with? [30:00] General life advice [32:40] Links Ruth’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruthgracewong Ruth’s Website: https://ruthgracewong.com/ Ecoqube: https://getecoqube.com/ Leave Me Alone Sweater: https://www.boredpanda.com/diy-leave-me-alone-sweater-ruthgrace/ https://www.betabrand.com/leave-me-alone-sweater?sscid=11k3_74m8x The Egg Machine Ruth is obsessed with: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker https://amzn.to/2RFjvRi If you would like to help transcribe the full interview, edit videos or help Atila TV in any way, please send an email to email@example.com.||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting in Med School Without a Degree, Advice for Pre Med Students, WorkLife Balance, Self Care||Emily Chen joins us on the first episode to talk about how she got into U of T medical school without a degree, advice for students studying pre med programs and the importance of work life balance and self care. Blog Post: https://atila.ca/blog/tomiwa/getting-into-medical-school-without-a-degree-advice-for-pre-med-students-work-life-balance-and-self-care-emily-chen-atila-tv-001 Video: https://youtu.be/FoN-BiL13k4 Timestamps: What type of high school student were you - 1:10 Cold Calling Professionals in grade 10 - 2:37 McMaster Health Science Rejection and wakeup Call - 4:09 What if I I don’t get into medical school - 5:00 Biggest life jumps and importance of self care - 8:12 Living up to expectations of immigrant parents while making yourself happy - 9:40 Handling lack of motivation and burnout - 10:58 Where do you see yourself in 5 and 25 years - 12:34 Advice for aspiring doctors or anyone who just want to help others - 16:07||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|