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Context

I joined Facebook as a software engineer (9/6/2016) and today is my four year “Faceversary” (9/6/2020). I want to take the opportunity to reflect and organize my thoughts around some of the most important lessons from the past four years. I still have a lot to learn, but I hope sharing this can still provide value.

To err on the side of clarity, I’m not writing this because I plan on leaving; I’m writing this because introspective reflection through writing is how I best internalize my learnings and growth.

This place is full of the most brilliant people from all…


Documenting my experience from cycling around the island of Taiwan in 9 days. If you are also a noob biker like me that didn’t know much going in, included are my lessons and learnings acquired along the way.

Purpose

The purpose of this trip is to —

  • Try New Experiences — see Taiwan up close and in all the elements in a new and unfamiliar method.
  • Strengthen Relationships — the bond between us close friends (Ian & Joy) who did this together will become timeless memories.
  • Challenge myself physically and mentally — a long trip like this is always more mental…


How Taiwan’s quarantine system has prevented community spread without needing a lockdown.

Written from personal experience and observations. If there are any inconsistencies between what is written here and government official guidelines or the Taiwan CDC, assume I am wrong.

Goal

Writing this to share my personal experience in quarantine as a returning Taiwanese citizen. The process in place from my observation that seems to have been effective in the containment efforts without evidence of community spread, and without a draconian shutdown as seen across the world.

Initially shared on personal social media, many friends have asked for a more detailed…


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A photo I took the first weekend moving to New York

Since publishing my previous writing on “Building Communities”, I’ve had a few friends ask for advice on moving to a new city, which inspired me to write this essay. I believe this is still relevant to people who lived where they are for a while.

Moving to a new city as an adult can be scary and challenging, you don’t know anyone and most people there already have their circles. I have lived in 6 different cities after college and enjoyed all of them to the fullest. Here’s the advice I found most useful during every transition:

Be Okay With Being Alone

It’s normal to…


If you’ve known me, you might have heard me talk about one of the “clubs” I started in my local community in New York City. Looking back at 2019, a theme for me this year was the idea of “Building Communities”. From Book Club, 530 Basketball Club and NY Photography Club. I enjoy these activities in solitary already, bringing people from different groups together to form new and deepen relationships truly brings joy to my heart. There were also insights along the way — how to best organize, scale as more people join. …


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Recently read a book I really liked called “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande. Atul came from a family of doctors and specializes in end of life care for patients. He talks about what matters to people in the end when they are staring death in the eye. He discovered one of the most important things for many people in the end is their autonomy — the freedom to be the authors of our lives, shaping our own life based on our character, convictions and preferences.

While reading the book, it helped me gain a new perspective of my grandparent’s weird…


At the beginning of 2019, I embarked on a journey to find my purpose. Sparked by what I perceived as a major set back, I fell compelled to re-examine the status quo. Where I am in my life and career, why and how long should I be where I am. It caused me to question myself in ways I’ve never before. What am I doing here? What’s the point?

I approached this in a stoic, philosophical, and existential way. To find out what I want to do and where I want to be, I must go back to the basics…


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First sunrise in the US in Acadia National Park

The theme of the second half of 2018 for me has been Discipline

I’ve been persistently trying to wake up before 5:30 every day to start my day and get into my routine. I don’t always succeed, I’m human and I snooze. But the pursuit brings me much closer to the person I want to be than I have ever been historically.

I want to share my inspiration, experience, and rewards I discovered in this pursuit that has really changed my life.

Why

  1. Discipline equals Freedom — The more discipline you have, the more power you will have to control…


This year, looking back I realized that within a year, I lived in 4 different cities, Taipei, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York. Each city amazing in its own way, having the honor and blessing to experience them all was truly humbling and exciting. I’ve never expected myself to make these big changes.

But what I’ve realized looking back is, everyday you take a small step forward or pivot towards something you want to achieve because of new paradigms you realize or learnings from people. …


I’ve never studied Computer Science in school, never had any formal education in computer science nor attended any 3-month long Bootcamps. I landed in SF in June 2016 to attend WWDC, then started my month long interview prep/interview process and received multiple offers as I progressed. Eventually deciding to join Facebook as a Software Engineer at the end of July.

The purpose of this post is not to talk about what I’ve accomplished but to share my interview experience in Silicon Valley coming from Asia. A lot of people have been asking me about my interview process and how I…

Jacky Wang

Read, Write, Code and Art.

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