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GeekMBA360

Career and Money Advice At The Intersection Of Business And Technology

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About

Update 11/17/2008:

The current reality

  • There is no loyalty in corporate America. You can get laid off any time.
  • Nobody knows how the $750 billion dollars bail out package will be spent. Our government doesn’t seems to know what they’re doing.
  • From mortgage payment to 401K investment, many folks are experiencing personal finance challenges. We’re learning that we cannot really trust media, gurus, and even established finance theories.
  • The economy is getting worse and worse. More layoffs are announced every single day.  Just look at our Depression 2.0 Layoff Tracker. It gets pretty depressing.

The response

This blog was launched as a personal hobby in late August — I love writing. People like to ask me for my career advice. So, I decided to start a career advice site. But, it has evolved into advice on

  • surviving and beating recession
  • growing career
  • managing personal finance and building wealth

I’ve been writing like mad in the past 3 months. Nobody is going to help us — the hard working employees, small business owners, entrepreneurs, etc.

We must help each other to go through this difficult time.

This site is my attempt to provide some help, based on my own in-the-trench experience. It won’t always be right, but it’ll always be honest, direct, and hard-hitting.

A crisis is also an opportunity. Let’s go through this difficult recession together, and come out of it stronger.

My background

Someone asks me why this blog is named geekmba360. It’s because I have a computer science background, but I’ve also gotten an MBA. My interest has always been in the intersection of business and technology.

I’m currently working in marketing at an Internet company.

The original About Us published on September 1, 2008

Since I was in college, people like to talk to me about their career problems. At that time, the conversations were about deciding on college majors, internships, summer jobs, graduate school vs. getting a job, and full-time job recruiting. As I graduated and started working in high tech, I found myself continue to play the role of informal career advisor.

Friends told me that they came to me because I was a good listener, patient, understanding, strategic, and offering good advice. I was flattered, but I also felt guilty. Advice is cheap. Anyone can give the advice. But, It’s much harder to offer actionable career advice that can really get results. As a recent grad/young professional at that time, I knew that I didn’t have enough experience/perspective to offer effective career advice. The best I could offer was to try my best to listen and understand.

I also recognized that I have a passion for career and personal development. I want to help others. But, I need to improve myself first. I decided to use myself and my own work experience as a laboratory to research career issues.

In the past decade, I had worked in management consulting, e-commerce, supply chain software, and internet advertising. My employers included Fortune-500 companies, Silicon Valley start-ups, and non-profit. I also took two years off to get my MBA. I was laid off once. I had my shares of frustrations at office politics. I had dream of escaping Corporate America and striking on my own. I also became people manager for the first time in my career, successfully delivered several important projects, and moved up in my chosen profession. To put this way — I had plenty of successes and failures. One thing I can say for sure is that I’ve gained a lot of experiences and am now having a broader perspective on career issues.

I started this web site because I wanted to share with you what I learned from my own experience, and discuss with you the issues I don’t have an answer for. Let’s collaborate to make our careers more fulfilling, more profitable, and more fun!

Cheers,

GeekMBA360

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11 Comments

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ranjan // Oct 14, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Came upon your site as it was featured by Pair.com. Good work!

  • 2 Lew Watters // Dec 5, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Nice site and what a great hosting company,Pair.
    What programs do you use to build and maintain your site?

  • 3 Andrew // Feb 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    CAL Alumni email had a link to the site. I read some of the postings and liked it. Good site you have . . . I'll bookmark it and visit again later.

  • 4 Eva // Apr 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Can you add a “search” option on your homepage please? Or is there already one and I've missed it?

  • 5 Paul L. // Apr 14, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Would you be interested in having guest bloggers? I have a similar background as well, professionally, academically and personally.
    Feel free to contact me.

  • 6 Marie // Oct 21, 2009 at 12:09 am

    I've been enjoying your blog, having just finished my MBA this past summer and now entering the tech industry from a decidedly non-tech background.

    Btw, ever find that your advice applies across foreign economies and markets? I live and work in Beijing – where I got my MBA – and I'm always interested how the “rules” differ in different cultures.

    Keep it up, and thanks!

  • 7 Soni // Nov 28, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Hi there. I'd like to purchase your report on 'How to become a Product Manager' but scribd restricts purchasing to people living in the US. How can I buy this guide otherwise. I'm based in India. Also, is this report applicable to product mgmt jobs outside US as well?
    Thanks.

  • 8 GeekMBA360 // Nov 28, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Hi, Soni,

    Thanks for you contacting me! You can also purchase the book at
    http://www.e-junkie.com/92933/product/314521.php — let me know if you
    have problem to purchase the book.

    Yes, the content should be applicable to international audience. Let
    me know if you have any questions.

    cheers,
    Bill

  • 9 Soni // Nov 28, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Hi there. I'd like to purchase your report on 'How to become a Product Manager' but scribd restricts purchasing to people living in the US. How can I buy this guide otherwise. I'm based in India. Also, is this report applicable to product mgmt jobs outside US as well?
    Thanks.

  • 10 GeekMBA360 // Nov 28, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Hi, Soni,

    Thanks for you contacting me! You can also purchase the book at
    http://www.e-junkie.com/92933/product/314521.php — let me know if you
    have problem to purchase the book.

    Yes, the content should be applicable to international audience. Let
    me know if you have any questions.

    cheers,
    Bill

  • 11 Isabellaboo // Jul 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I had two good phone interviews with Amazon and was asked to send
    a date open for the on site interviews and clear the day. The recuiter called today and
    said they were not moving forward with hiring in that group.

    I feel like I got dumped without being a a real relationship- thoughts?

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