The Surprisingly Simple Way to Be the Best Mentor Ever

Over the course of my career, I’ve mentored quite a number of people beyond those that I personally managed. This includes formal mentorship programs that I’ve volunteered for, heads of product management, and of course friends and colleagues. Illustration by Camellia Neri When I first started mentoring others…

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I Didn't Want to Be a Manager Anymore—and the World Didn't End

In 2017, I became an engineering manager at Gusto. One year and many learnings later, I left the role.…

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How I fell out of love with HOCs

Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about render props over HOCs, but not a lot of real-life examples to showcase this. My team at Gusto recently launched Time Tracking, a feature that lets employers track their team’s hours and sync it directly to payroll, which has been…

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How to run Docker and get more sleep than I did

Bugs in Gusto’s codebase mean that people don’t get paid. Mortgage payments, college tuition, child support—they all rely on accurate, timely paychecks. That’s why we need tens of thousands of tests across Ruby, Python, and Go, to run on every commit. Our heavily Dockerized continuous integration…

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How to get hired as a Product Manager

As a Product Manager and top interviewer at Google, the founder of a venture-funded startup, and a product lead here at Gusto, I’ve interviewed several hundred candidates for PM roles. In this post, I will give you some insight into what I look for in applications and interviews.…

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