From Software Engineer Intern to VP of Design at Facebook. I'm Julie Zhuo, and I wrote a book on how to start your career as manager.Featured
Hi Elpha! I'm Julie Zhuo, VP of Design at Facebook, where for the last seven years I’ve lead the team responsible for the design of the Facebook app. I joined Facebook in 2006 as the first (!) software engineer intern. A month later, I joined the company full-time and realized that I enjoyed working on the visible part of the website. So I transitioned into the design team and after two years, became a design manager. When I'm not working, I write a lot about design, tech, and various other topics (like my dog) on my blog The Year of the Looking Glass. Earlier this year, I published my first book "The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You,” an everything-you-need-to-know field guide for starting your career as a manager. I wrote this because I still remember gazing up at a whole shelf of books on leadership at the bookstore and realizing most were written by retired CEOs and management consultants (mostly men) to help executives become even more effective; there wasn’t much for the new manager wondering how to overcome imposter syndrome, understand what success in the job looks like, or even how to approach a 1:1. I graduated from Stanford with a degree in computer science, and despite my Chinese roots my favorite food in the world is ramen. I also just had my third child, so I'm taking some time off to be with my family over the next few months.Ask me anything about leading design teams, being a manager, balancing family and career, building a brand through writing or something else!