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My name is Lindsay Tabas (pronounced ‘taybiss’) and I am your Lady Engineer(TM).
In 2002, I designed my first user interface while studying Systems Engineering. Since then, I have been OBSESSED with designing technology for people. After college, I set out on a mission to be successful in Silicon Valley & the startup world.
Even with epic persistence and a graduate degree from UC Berkeley, I felt I was unable to succeed. Everyone around me was building tech for tech’s sake. I hoped people’s care for other people in designing the future would increase; instead, we’re still following advice from an industry that accepts a 90% failure rate.
In the past 15 years, I have “leaned in.” I confronted difficult & challenging situations until I secured my seat at the table. I was lucky to rely heavily on my engineering degree, but I know there are brilliant innovators out there that do not have the same luxury. To you, I want to offer a well-engineered practical guide to the impact only you can achieve.
My Rules for Founders & for Life
Leaders are Learners
The future holds for you many new experiences. You’ll have to learn new things on a need-to-know basis. You need to be able to teach yourself. Everything is a learning opportunity in this world.
In order to be outstanding you have to be willing to stand out.
You have to take initiative; and in some cases act first, apologize later. You must have chutzpah (audacity and validation). Take initiative to solve certain problems quickly. Don’t be shy if the reward is worth it.
Push will get a person almost anywhere, except through a door marked “pull”. Dare to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and look for ways to bypass roadblocks. You cannot take “it’s not possible” for an answer until we absolutely understand the “why”.
Be Willing to Paint Walls
Winston Churchill said “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Your ability to do whatever it takes to keep your ship moving forward is a constant test of your resilience. You need determination, strong will and fortitude.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to pay for this phone call?
A: Nope, it’s free.
Q: Are you really an engineer?
A: Yes. I have my Bachelors of Science in Systems & Information Engineering from University of Virginia
Q: How happy are you that the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII?
A: 🦅🏈🏆✅ So happy.
Q: I have more questions for you?
A: If they can’t wait for our phone call, please shoot me an email.
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