Fei Fei, Group Vice President in Global Sales Strategy and Operations at Gartner and TED speaker

I spoke with Fei Fei, Group Vice President in Global Sales Strategy and Operations at Gartner and TED speaker. Prior to Gartner, Fei was a Product and Product Marketing Lead at Google, consultant at McKinsey, and manager at Groupon.

Fei shared her advice for effective communication, building resilience, learning about new spaces, and cultivating relationships.

Be genuine. When asked about effective public speaking, Fei underscores the importance of being genuinely passionate about your topic. While other people can help refine the content of your presentation, what makes a speech memorable is the emotion it elicits in your audience. …

I spoke with Kim Chen, head of growth and marketing at Modern Fertility, which is democratizing access to fertility hormone tracking for women.

Kim started her career in consulting at Bain and subsequently worked in corporate strategy at PepsiCo. She then went to Harvard Business School aiming to pressure test whether she wanted to work at large companies or smaller startups. She knew that she wanted her next role to be more mission oriented and in the consumer healthcare space. She had seen technology revolutionize how products are delivered to consumers in most industries except healthcare. Her passion for healthcare…

Mike Shore, VP and GM of Enterprise at Axon

I spoke with Mike Shore, VP and GM of Enterprise at Axon, a company that develops technology to connect people, devices, and apps to protect life in all regards.

After graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mike worked at Atlassian in enterprise growth, which laid the foundation for his sales management career. Mike had always appreciated and enjoyed thinking about sales management, incentives, systems design, data, and resource allocation, which tied in well to the main priorities of sales leaders. When he was at Atlassian, his former Harvard classmate and fellow Harvard golf team member, Josh Isner (now Chief…

Mark Blake, Global Head of Strategy, Corporate Development, and Venture Investing at S&P Global

I spoke with Mark Blake, Global Head of Strategy, Corporate Development, and Venture Investing at S&P Global.

Mark studied government at Harvard, initially intending to be a lawyer. However, in his first job he enjoyed what he was learning in accounting and finance and chose to attend business school to gain a more formal business training. After business school, he had a brief stint in investment banking, left to join a startup, and later transitioned to turnaround consulting. In looking for a high impact but lower travel role, he landed in corporate M&A at Avaya and Medco Health before becoming…

Said Francis, SVP and Head of Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Moderna

I spoke with Said Francis, SVP and Head of Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Moderna.

Said moved from Lebanon to Cambridge, MA in 2002 to attend undergrad at MIT. At the time, MIT did not have a bioengineering major, so students like Said with an interest in bioengineering would combine engineering and biology studies. Said approached bioengineering through an electrical engineering and computer sciences and systems, rather than software, oriented perspective. …

I spoke with Michal Geller, SVP of Global eCommerce Marketing and Product at PepsiCo. After graduating from Harvard, Michal started his career as a founder. He had always been drawn to entrepreneurship and innovation and knew he wanted to work at companies where these attributes were core to the culture. He sold his company to John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and former president of PepsiCo. At the time, he never imagined himself joining a company of the size of Apple or PepsiCo.

He spent several more years working at early stage startups before he joined a mid sized company…

Michelle Zatlyn, president, COO, and co-founder of Cloudflare

I spoke with Michelle Zatlyn, president, COO, and co-founder of Cloudflare. Michelle met her co-founder, Matthew Prince when they were students at Harvard Business School. After a school trip to Silicon Valley in January 2009, they were inspired to work on a project to make the internet safer. Their idea won the business plan competition, which motivated them to keep working on it and turn it into a company that eventually became Cloudflare. After graduation, Michelle and Matthew drove across the country to San Francisco, where they began their full time journey with Cloudflare. …

Last month, I had the chance to speak with Yasmin Kothari HBS ’13 and Product Lead at Asana (the work management software tool), about a number of topics including product management, user-centricity, and leadership.

Yasmin Kothari, Product Lead at Asana

To set the context, could you share more about your journey to Asana?

I’ve always been interested in the intersection of great strategy and strong execution (which is what product management is all about!). When I graduated college I joined McKinsey as a strategy consultant. I learned how to break down complex problems, structure the right solutions, and build a compelling story around them. …

Teddy Seem, partner at Outsiders Fund

I spoke with Teddy Seem, partner at Outsiders Fund, a Seed and Series A venture capital firm focused on partnering with non-traditional founders disrupting incumbent, traditional industries.

Teddy graduated from Amherst College with a Computer Science degree before starting his career at Bridgewater Associates as a Technology Associate. From there he applied internally and transferred to an Investment Engineering role on the Foreign Exchange team — working with highly dimensional time series data. After Bridgewater he wanted to explore machine learning further, so he joined Resonance Companies, a fashion tech startup in NYC. …

Megan Starr, Global Head of Impact at The Carlyle Group

I spoke with Megan Starr, Global Head of Impact at The Carlyle Group. Megan grew up on Cape Cod with a very sustainability-oriented family. She was exposed to technologies like solar panels and the realities of environmental issues such as climate change from a young age. Megan further cultivated her interest in the environment through studying environmental science and public policy (ESPP) at Harvard. She loved the concentration because it was so interdisciplinary, cutting across fields such as chemistry, geology, economics, and more. …

Jess Li

Harvard Grad | Head of Content @ Elpha (YC S19) & Harvard in Tech | Marketing @ ZAGENO | https://linktr.ee/jessicali

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