During my time at Microsoft, I began forming my own point-of-views on how to run a team to spark ideas and turn northstars into tangible products. When NAVER reached out with an opportunity to build my own team, I decided to take the risk to put these views into practice. Reporting to the CEO, I built a new studio around incubation and new product experimentation. I failed and learned a bunch (not just in terms of product ideas, but also managing people and building teams), shipped two new products focused on productivity, and ultimately scaled the team to support emerging products that grew to a few million active users.
One of the things that became crystal clear by this point was how much I love productivity and tools to shape ideas. While NAVER was great, productivity was not a core of its business (its focus was on search engine, ads, shopping, fintech, and user generated content). I found myself longing to re-immerse myself with others hyper-focused in this space. When I connected with Coda, I felt a similar level of passion from the team and decided to take a leap onto a new adventure. This turned out to be one of the most valuable phases in my career - with so many learnings from helping grow the company and shape a one-of-a-kind product.
I left Coda in July 2023 in order to pursue a new venture that's been on my mind for a number of years. Find out more at be01.com