Beyond the product and brand, here are 5 important things to consider

1. Philosophical/cultural fit

Does the company’s preferred style of product development match your own preferences? If the company is very regimented and you prefer being more ad hoc, you may run into challenges. If you’re used organizations that are more bottoms-up, working for a strong willed top-down CEO will take time to get used to. If you are used to being rewarded for risk-taking and the company values quality and reliability over all else, you’ll also need recalibrate as well. …


Keep these in mind to ace your job interview

1. Prepare for the job, not just the interview

Envision yourself starting on the job next week. What would you do to ramp up quickly? How would you go about prioritizing a feature roadmap for this role? What data would you collect? Come prepared to show that you’re ready to get to work. The interviewer wants to give the job to somebody who is ready to come in and get to work, so be ready to do just that!

2. Speak their language

Find out what’s top of mind for the company at the moment. You don’t want to be pitching them on international…


My experience volunteering at SF International High School

SFIHS was inhabited in a single building with beautiful murals

“5 more minutes, then I should get going”, I told myself.

It was a Tuesday afternoon in October, and I was hunched over a laptop set to Google Docs with my student. Together, we reviewed the prompt of her college admissions essay, “Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge”.

I glanced back up at the clock again. It was time to get going. Better to sneak back home before the students began streaming out of the school. No reason for them to know where “Mr. PJ” lived.

For 4 years, I lived next door to SF International High School, an…


Congrats, former software engineer, you’re a newly-minted PM! Yes, you know how to code, but this can be a double-edged sword. Here are 7 tips to help you bring out the best in your abilities while limiting any potential bias.

  1. Sure, you know how to be an engineer, but it’s no longer your job! You’re now being paid to focus on the user, build out the road-map, and define the product requirements. Remember that if you don’t focus on these, nobody else will! Avoid doing your engineer’s jobs for them just because you know how to do it. Allow them…


Ever wanted to go on an African Safari? It’s more affordable than you might expect!

Tarangire National Park is world-renowned for its African Elephant population

Is an African Safari near the top of your bucket list?

In the summer of 2018 I took the plunge. Although I arrived in Africa not really knowing what to expect, my safari experience ended up being one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done.

Why Tanzania? 🇹🇿

In short, Tanzania boasts a combination of temperate weather, affordable prices, and the Great Migration in Serengeti National Park.

When to go?

According to SafariBookings.com:

“The best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October. …


The science behind an uncomfortable mattress

Around Thanksgiving, I was in a self-indulgent mood and decided to invest in a fancy new mattress. You know, one of those brand name mattresses that Bay Area radio ads brainwash us about. The logic seemed pretty straightforward:

PJ Loury

iOS Developer, Photographer, Basketball Nerd

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