About the Blog
This is a personal blog that I started back in 2009. I mostly write about technology, startups, product management, strategy, growth, and marketing. But also about books or whatever I find interesting. I also experimented with email newsletters.
Why do I blog? To get better at writing (and thinking) and to meet like-minded people.
I’m Max. I’m passionate about building products that improve people’s lives. I now do this at Google.
Previously, I was a tech founder. We built AHappyJob.com — a team-based and culture-centric recruiting platform.
Before then, I helped tech companies grow faster through product launches, market and user research, and strategic marketing. I was at PandaDoc*, Adobe, Mozilla, and HP Enterprise. I earned my MBA degree from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
* PandaDoc is a high-growth SaaS startup. It went from 50 to ~500 employees in ~3.5 years and is now valued at $1B+.
I’m a techno-optimist who believes in the power of meaningful innovative products to solve real-world problems.
I’m fascinated by the idea of maximizing human potential. This is probably why I’m particularly interested in these spaces:
- Tools for thought and learning
- Content discovery and search engines
- Education: courses and platforms
- Note-taking and information management
- Tools for creators and entrepreneurs
- Design tools
- No-code tools
- Writing tools
- Web publishing
- Music production
- The future of work
- Research and customer feedback
- Knowledge management
- Collaboration and communication
- Project management
- Quantified self
- Life extension
I believe in entrepreneurship, lifelong learning, progress, innovation, science, cosmopolitanism, and rationality.
I’m interested in and want to learn more about product management, technology, music, life extension, cognitive science, neuroscience, economics, finance, design, and software engineering.
I enjoy working on meaningful projects, learning, exercising, and spending time with friends — having deep conversations and laughing out loud.
I’m an immigrant. I moved to and fell in love with the SF Bay Area in 2013.
Email is the best way to reach me: email@example.com.