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Product Leader. Surfer. Snowboarder. Skateboarder. Canadian. Australian. Californian.

This post reflects my thoughts and views from June 2017. It was in draft mode for far too long. Startup life…

Three years ago, I was looking for the next adventure. There is no shortage of startups in the Bay Area addressing all sorts of problems in a variety of industries. I was fortunate to be able to speak to a few of them and explore many different opportunities.

After weighing the options, I joined Autonomic as employee #23 and the first product management hire for the head office in Palo Alto.

At the time, Autonomic was an unknown, nine-month-old…


Each morning from 8:30 to 9:05 AM at our company’s headquarters, in San Francisco, we serve free breakfast to every employee. And I’m not talking about stale muffins and dry bagels. Today I ate a sloppy joe, cheesy scrambled eggs, home fries, crispy bacon, and sausage links. Healthy, I know. Tomorrow, I’m definitely going to grab a yogurt and some fruit. And don’t forget all the vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. After all, this is California.

I know what you’re thinking. Free food is the cost of admission to the Silicon Valley tech scene. Our startup, Pivotal, calls the South…

Jay Hum

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