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How will you measure your life?
When I was seven, I was the captain of an imaginary ship. At fourteen, I geared up to be a multi-cultured immigrant adventurer. At twenty one I picked up tech product engineering. When I reached twenty eight, I called myself an entrepreneur. And my next milestone, at thirty five, is to write advisory essays to help others dream up adventures of their own. You only live once; what will you have left undone in your final moment?
These essays, generously published at times by Forbes.com, Quora Weekly, Carnegie Mellon University and Social Media fans, deal with surviving and thriving on an entrepreneurial journey:
A day inside the mind of an entrepreneur turning off autopilot: Worries pass in an hour. Regrets stay for life. And choices make sense in retrospect.
Entrepreneurship is the art of living; not by reading instructions, watching someone else, dreaming, modeling or planning. It’s to live as a painter.
You don't get over the fear. You run towards it, with your knees buckling.
Simple, unexpectedly good, concrete, credible and emotional stories, also known as moral parables, are the most viral form of transformational content
Prune your past if you can. And don’t predict the future. Life is real only at this moment. The only thing keeping you from living here is you.
In the startup's ideation stage, outside expectations are the main cause of failure. If you cannot afford to make a mistake, you will not create.
The things that matter after a lifetime of False Dilemmas and All or Nothing Thinking and a short story about how to measure yourself.
What kind of tasks or skills make them so valuable? And how can you replicate their success?
Convincing yourself of why you should negotiate your salary leads to discovering how to negotiate correctly. Avoid the mistake of not negotiating.
How do you manage your time? Does the company offer any special working hours for you as a master's student? Do they encourage or help financially?
Finding my first job was really hard. I wish these tips were available and the job search tools existed. I wrote this so that you'll have it easier.
Startup culture is different from the employee culture at large companies. Inaction, perfectionism and over-confidence are just a few ways to fail.
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Technical interview questions
My growing collection of problems for engineers preparing for a technical interview at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazons of the world:
Find the odd ball among eight balls
You are given eight balls that look exactly the same, and a balance to weigh them against each other. Find the odd ball by weighing only twice?
Google search results for the top 1000 highest ranking URLs
You have trillions of URLs stored uniquely, without order, across numerous machines, each with a score. Find the 1000 URLs with the highest scores.
Getting paid for seven days with a single bar of gold
An employer hires you to work for 7 days and has a gold bar with 7 segments to pay you with. How do you get them to not break it to pieces?
Return true if input is a Prime number
You are given n, a positive integer. Return true if n is a prime number, and false if it's not.
Prisoner's Dilemma With Blindfolds: a math teaser
Seven people are blindfolded and given unique colored hats at a roundtable. How should they cooperate for at least one to guess her own color?
Rule-based HTML compilation
Given an HTML with messed up tag nesting, output the correct and unambiguous version of the HTML.
Map Reduce Data Mining and Ranking
Given a Google Search Query, find the AdWords Categories best describing it
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In my previous life, I was a career engineer. I've worked at Microsoft, Google and various Silicon Valley startups, helping them increase value, become more efficient, avoid failure, and grow rapidly.
After my corporate life, I started on a quest to make more strategic initiatives and innovations avoid mistakes, seize on opportunities, reach growth quickly and become valuable.
In my current life, I work with CEOs to scale and grow products and product-teams at market-validated new ventures.
I have offered sophisticated technology solutions to innovative organizations, such as:
I am always happy to meet for coffee in San Francisco to discuss your project. I am confident that my extensive experience will ensure you get a positive return on your investment.