Saying goodbye to SoundCloud
After an amazing two years, I decided to depart SoundCloud this Friday. I’m so proud to have been a part of such a game-changing company. Even more wonderful is the fact that I could contribute in such an important area: monetization.
For the past two years and three months, I’ve focused on helping SoundCloud become a more sustainable company in various ways including:
- Expanding their ad products offerings from first-party audio ads to first-party and third-party audio and video ads
- Collaborating with people in other functions to launch the marketing and checkout pages for SoundCloud Go
- Helping to refine SoundCloud Go’s subscriber experience
- Designing the Google Cast receiver, enabling Chromecast and Chromecast Audio users to affordably play SoundCloud on their TVs and stereo systems
Additionally, I supported efforts to hire more marginalized people, helped form a new diversity resource group for people of color at the company, hosted office visits with Q&A panels for newcomers in tech, and spoke at countless events in behalf of the company including a keynote at !!Con.
I’m thankful for the kindness and support I’ve received from my SoundCloud family. I feel joy when I think about all I’ve been able to do and learn during my time at the company. I am at the same time looking forward to the next chapter in my work life, which I’ll announce very soon.
Finding Meaning In Design When Nothing Is Fine
We’re all aware: working while under duress is terrible! Especially as a designer. People often talk about design as a superpower because you can illustrate the future—and it often is quite magical. But when your skillset doesn’t feel immediately relevant to your survival, the magic evaporates. In this very personal and relatable talk, I will share my experience with navigating hard times and experiencing a career block. Attendees will learn techniques for overcoming the malaise and building a guided, sustainable design career.
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