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...)