Category Archives: Life

Tell me About Your Time at Zillow

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Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. Tell me about your time at Zillow An internship at Zillow (building the neighborhood database using ESRI’s ArcView product) was my first job after graduating from the University of Washington in 2005. I was promoted several times during the course of my employment there, ending as a business development lead. After almost 5 years, I wanted a new professional challenge. I was 27 and had always wanted to travel the world. I thought, “why not now?” So I did — and it turned out to … Continue reading

Why are you leaving your current role?

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Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. Why are you leaving your current role? Virtually every company asks this one, and it’s no wonder why. They want to know you’re seriously ready for a new job. They want to know they’re not wasting their time with someone who is just playing the field. I somewhat answered this in the post announcing that I was looking for a full time opportunity — but thought I’d elaborate slightly here. Oh Hey World, Inc was setup in September of 2012. That’s 5 years legally. In fact, … Continue reading

How do you detect whether or not a word is a palindrome?

Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. How do you detect whether or not a word is a palindrome? Compare the 1st letter with the last letter, 2nd letter to 2nd to last letter, 3rd letter with 3rd to last letter, etc.

What is an Area that is an Opportunity for you to Improve Upon?

Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. What is an area that is an opportunity for you to improve upon? It’s not that I can’t do it — but public speaking is an area that I can certainly improve in. I’ve never relished the opportunity to be in front of a video camera or a huge audience. Speaking up when I have knowledge/passion/expertise about a topic of conversation rather than being the center of attention in any setting is more my style.

Walk me through your background

Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. Walk me through your background The Maker / Creative My father and both grandfathers instilled a strong sense of problem solving and making at a very early age. When most people break a chair, the first reaction is “let’s go buy a new one”. Not in my family. When a chair breaks, you figure out how to fix it — ideally, with tools and spare parts you have on hand. I grew up creating and fixing all types of things with my hands. I’ve ripped apart … Continue reading

What was your Riskiest Step or Experience?

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Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. What was your Riskiest Step or Experience? I’ll say my riskiest move career step was leaving Zillow in 2010, since the company was growing and on a sure path to a lucrative IPO. Why did I leave? Ultimately, I wanted a new challenge in life. Like many other high growth companies that attract strong talent, there wasn’t the roles everyone wanted — as fast as they all wanted them. I’d put myself in the bucket of those who wanted a bigger set … Continue reading

What’s Happening with Horizon, Oh Hey World & Geek Estate?

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With the decision made to take the next step in my career and dig into a full time career opportunity in product, you may be asking… what’s happening with my current projects/companies? Geek Estate Blog — nothing is changing. I’ll still write about real estate products, services, and industry dynamics that peak my personal curiosity. Remember, I’m not a reporter. If I end up taking a career opportunity outside the industry, the honest truth is the blog will get even more interesting since I’ll have zero financial interest in the industry (and thus won’t be worried about pissing people off that could be potential consulting clients). If I take a job within real estate, chance are … Continue reading