Harnessing Happiness to Build Your Career — Advice from an Uber Product Leader



As told to the First Round Review by Frederique Dame, most recently aproduct leader at Uber, and before that at SmugMug, Photobucket andYahoo!. Here, she talks about how cultivating happiness put her on her top-flight career trajectory.

When I was a teenager, I saw the movie Working Girl with Melanie Griffithand Sigourney Weaver, and it had a profound effect on me. I wanted whatthey had. I wanted to be a savvy corporate sleuth and make big decisionsfor big companies — Harrison Ford and the skirt suits were just a bonus. Itmight sound silly, but it changed my life.

Growing up in France, my parents were dentists and they wanted me tobe one too. I, however, wanted to be a “businesswoman” — and, morespecifically, after falling in love with math and science — an engineer. Mydad, a crusader for his daughters to never compromise, supported me tofollow my heart — which ultimately led to working in the U.S., becoming aproduct manager, and joining Uber early, when it was in just 14 cities.

Most people are interested in hearing about this one segment of mycareer: How I helped shape a big part of one of the most influential companies in the world as it grew to 400+ cities in 68 countries. But themindset that got me there is a longer story, going back the 15 years I’ve been in Silicon Valley. When I look back, the single most important factor inmy success has been happiness. (Read More...)

Connecting talent with opportunity in the digital age



By James Manyika, Susan Lund, Kelsey Robinson, John Valentino, and Richard Dobbs


Online talent platforms are increasingly connecting people to the right work opportunities. By 2025 they could add $2.7 trillion to global GDP, and begin to ameliorate many of the persistent problems in the world’s labor markets.

Labor markets around the world haven’t kept pace with rapid shifts in the global economy, and their inefficiencies have taken a heavy toll. Millions of people cannot find work, even as sectors from technology to healthcare struggle to fill open positions. Many who do work feel overqualified or underutilized. These issues translate into costly wasted potential for the global economy. More important, they represent hundreds of millions of people coping with unemployment, underemployment, stagnant wages, and discouragement.

Online talent platforms can ease a number of labor-market dysfunctions by more effectively connecting individuals with work opportunities. Such platforms include websites, like Monster.com and LinkedIn, that aggregate individual résumés with job postings from traditional employers, as well as the rapidly growing digital marketplaces of the new “gig economy,” such as Uber and Upwork. While hundreds of millions of people around the world already use these services, their capabilities and potential are still evolving. Yet even if they touch only a fraction of the global workforce, we believe they can generate significant benefits for economies and for individuals (exhibit). (Read More...)