Location:

Seattle, WA (USA)

Professional Title:

– Market Research Manager at Microsoft (Redmond, WA)

– Young Alumni @ Stanford University ℅ ‘16 (B.S. in Symbolic Systems – Decision Theory)

What do you do?

As part of Microsoft’s Customer & Market Research team, I manage a digital telemetry panel of hyper-productive information workers and developers. Various product groups throughout Microsoft can ask business questions that can be answered using telemetry gathered from this “Productivity Panel” in order to inform their marketing and engineering decisions. This is my first rotation as part of the ACE Marketing program at Microsoft. 

Why?

I never thought I’d be a part of the marketing research world. Honestly, I knew so little about it that to imagine a career in it was next to impossible. But I’ll say this: in my short tenure in this world, what an amazing discipline this is. Some of the clearest thinkers and thoughtful researchers have found there place in this discipline and it’s a privilege to get a taste of it at my age. 

What should we read?

To fundamentally reimagine what you’re capable of: The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

To challenge your understanding of self: Waking Up by Sam Harris

To laugh, reflect, and see what inspires me: 10% Happier by Dan Harris

What else should we consider?

Perhaps imagine what a life in accordance with the following quote might be like… and get lost in mesmerizing potential of it:

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before.” -Albert Einstein

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