I wrote this article last week when I started my job searching journey since 10/23. I also shared this write-up on LinkedIn here: (https://www.linkedin.com/in/felix-cheng-9aa8b919/). If you are curious why I am on the job market, here is an article I wrote about my last job (https://medium.com/@felixjcheng/why-convoy-failed-43c1185d2a85).
[Week1 Summary] I spent the first week talking to many people who are my closer friends and mentors. The #1 question that we discussed is what I’d like to do next. Here is the summary of the thinking.
TL’DR: with successful and lucky people, in an AI/ML Pioneering place, being in a hands-on leadership role, and has opportunities to be a pragmatic visionary.
#1 With successful and lucky people:
I found myself being so more productive when I am around successful and lucky people. Well, being “successful” or “lucky” is kind of vague and hard to quantify. But I do have input metrics to help me better detect that. For example, people who are energetic, passionate, positive thinking, optimistic, open-minded and long term thinking tend to be more likely to be lucky and successful. I am willing to work with them for whatever because I know I’ll be successful in the long run.
#2 In an AI/ML Pioneering place,
I plan to jump into the current AI transformation trend wholeheartedly. I see myself getting super excited about Deep Learning, LLMs, and any tech innovation that is related to them. As regarding tech applications. I have prior knowledge and expertise in industries that I worked (e.g., e-commerce supply chain, advertising, logistics and transportation), and eager to learn and bring new perspective to new areas (e.g., social network, government, education, finance, medical),
#3 Being a hands-on Leadership role,
I have strength in building a high performing team and a trusting environment. I can scale my impact through a leadership role and I enjoy growing talents via promotion and finding them exciting opportunities. I plan to continue doing so. Meanwhile, I’d love to dive deep, be hands-on, and solve tough challenges along with the team, as compared to just having managerial responsibility with a large organization.
#4 Has opportunities to be pragmatic visionary
During my startup and Amazon days, I have developed a strong appreciation of customers. That gave me strong inspiration to find product market fit. I’d love to be in a space where the product vision or strategy is ambiguous so I can contribute to better define that.
Outside of these 4 criteria above, I am open to anything: big tech & startup, public & private, Sci & Eng & Prod manager, all industries, etc.
Hit me up if you’d like to chat!