3 Tips for Navigating the Startup Journey: Lessons Learned from a Former Facebook Engineer

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I started my career as an engineer at Facebook before leaving to build a startup. Transitioning from a well-defined engineering individual contributor role to a nebulous startup leadership role meant a lot of falling on my face and a lot of lessons learned.

Here are 3 tips to keep in mind if you’re starting on this journey and want to fail less than I did.

1. Focus on What Matters by Zooming Out

In every context, it’s important to not get stuck on unimportant details.

When building an early stage startup your time is one of the few resources you can spend, so you better be spending it wisely.


The Process Is the Goal

It’s January 1st 2023, so I imagine everyone is making their New Years’ Resolutions. I want to talk about setting these goals and how it helps us.

Setting Goals for 2023

I recently read a blog article titled The Power of Starting Again, which talks about the invigoration of restarting the new year with a clean slate. I appreciate the sentiment of encouraging action, but I think the reasoning is off.

Specifically, I’d like us to not focus as hard on the goals themselves.


I Miss MSN Statuses

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Anyone else remember setting their status on MSN Messenger before Facebook took over?

Everyone was on that platform at the time, and if you were online you were expected to reply instantly. Crazy times.

For your status you’d usually just write what you were doing, or passive-aggressively signal that you were mad at someone. Definitely fun as an adolescent.