You know the drill with these inspirational posters

90 days ago*, I started my adventure into product management after working in professional software engineering for almost four years.

*due to procrastination, by the time of this article’s release, it’s been almost six months, so I apologize for the clickbait 😂.

Entering the product management universe having done engineering work for so many years led to equal part excitement and equal part fear for me, as with all career transitions. In this article, I’ll talk about the 15 things I learned in my first 90 days as a PM at MemSQL.

As an aside, are you interested in how…


A new beginning. How exciting.

My name is Jacky, and I am a product manager at MemSQL.

I am the founder of product manager career group called subtle asian product manager. There recently was an excellent question asked by Stephanie, an APM at Tripadvisor, on how best to work with her team of four software engineers even though she doesn’t have a background in engineering. I wrote the following answer and thought I would share it on Medium as well.

An effective product manager’s great skill is empathy, whether that’s with coworkers, stakeholders, leadership, customers, partners, and more. The following six items will assist in…


Brain dump and reflections of my first week at MemSQL (we’re hiring by the way!) and as a Product Manager

  1. Every day I wake up and feel absolutely blessed I finally made the switch to PM. I don’t think there’s any other career I would prefer to be in at the moment. It’s literally everything I expected, but way more
  2. I feel my impact in an organization as a PM is, no exaggeration, 10x that of if I stayed in engineering. While doing engineering, it never quite felt right. I mean, it was cool to solve a problem and close…


You know the drill with these type of photos

Hello! My name is Jacky and I am a Product Manager at MemSQL and previously a Software Engineer at Looker. You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn. I also founded and manage a PM group called subtle asian product manager.

You are reading the final part of the guide to transition from Engineering to Product Management. In part one, I talked about why I transitioned and how to craft the perfect PM resume. …


They say Medium posts must have these inspirational images

Hello! My name is Jacky and I am a Product Manager at MemSQL and previously a Software Engineer at Looker. You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn. I also founded and manage a PM group called subtle asian product manager.

You are reading part two of the guide to transition from Engineering to Product Management. In part one, I talked about why I transitioned and how to craft the perfect PM resume. If you haven’t read that, I highly recommend reading it first! Have a job interview coming up? …


When I think of “transition” I think of pictures like this. I don’t know why

Hello! My name is Jacky and I am a Product Manager at MemSQL and previously a Software Engineer at Looker. You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn. I also founded and manage a PM group called subtle asian product manager.

You are reading part one of a three-part series on how to transition from Engineering to Product Management. Already got your resume figured out? Then jump straight to part two for how to compile a list of hundreds of companies and get a response from companies. Have a job interview coming up? …


Two other Drexel software engineers and I started Drexel Schedulizer (http://schedulizer.me) two years ago.

We made Schedulizer mostly because the existing Drexel course scheduling website, if you can even call it that, was really a poor experience to use. Students dreaded using it. We dreaded using it!

So we decided to put matters into our own hands.

After a few months of tinkering, hacking, designing, and developing, we released it in the Summer of 2015, and in one quarter, we got over 1000 unique students using it. It was quite a blast.


This story started two years ago, when I was invited by a friend named Borat whom I met in TF2Center (a TF2 competitive matchmaking website) to be a substitute player as the class Soldier in a competitive team for a game. We played a few games while we chatted in Mumble (the Skype of the gaming world), and in the first few games, we clicked pretty well. A few days later, this friend asked if I was interested in joining their team full-time as their main soldier for the upcoming season. …


I’m really good at faking zen

I currently work at Looker Data Sciences, and we are hiring aggressively, especially in engineering. We’re a tight-knit nimble team of well-rounded engineers, so if you are interested in joining us, feel free to apply here.

As a Computer Engineering/Science soon-to-be graduate, I, like many other CS grads, want to work at the Bay Area out of college. Why do CS graduates have such an affinity to the Bay Area, and why do even tech-abundant cities like New York or Texas not have as much of a pull to us as the Bay Area does?

While the promise of relatively…


Congratulations to the Dragon Hacks 2016 winners!

This post appeared originally on my personal website Jacky Liang. Thoughts expressed here are not the opinions of Dragon Hacks, the organization of Dragon Hacks, IEEE, or Drexel University. They are the opinions and interpretations of my own.

HELLO DRAGON HACKS

Exactly three months ago, I joined the Dragon Hacks hackathon sponsorship team. My desire at the time to join the Dragon Hacks team was a selfish one — I wanted to get over my fear of reaching out to people. Thinking back at what my boss Michael Ngo at Beta Software Technology once said to me “Jacky — if you want to…

Jacky Liang

📍 Oracle && founder @ stealth. ⏪ Singlestore. Looker (acq. Google). Drexel U.

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