Gadget Lab Podcast: Former Googler Jessica Powell On How to Quit Your Tech Job

Jessica Powell was the highest communications govt at Google when she discovered herself Googling, in no unsure search phrases, methods to give up her job at Google. She tried roughly 837 totally different ways earlier than she ended up taking the leap, and now she’s a startup founder, a contributor to Medium and The New York Times, and the writer of The Big Disruption, a novel a few big Silicon Valley tech firm.

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The eventual burnout and dissatisfaction Powell skilled is just not distinctive in Silicon Valley, she tells us on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast. But it may be tough to acknowledge whenever you’re working in an trade stuffed with mission-driven firms and leaders who wish to “change the world” (and in some instances–––they do). Powell additionally talks in regards to the commercialization of International Women’s Day, and speaks candidly about Facebook’s newest manifesto round privateness.

“Facebook is in such a foul place that I really feel like in the event that they cough, individuals say, ‘That cough is only a approach to get extra information!’” Powell tells the Gadget Lab hosts. “There are so many conspiracy theories, and generally you simply have to comprehend a cough is only a cough. But, I additionally don’t suppose that’s the case with this announcement.”


Show notes: You can learn WIRED editor-in-chief Nick Thompson’s interview with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg right here, in addition to a comply with up story from Thompson and Issie Lapowsky. Read Klint Finley’s story a few potential return to Obama-era web neutrality guidelines right here. For a few of Powell’s current writing, try her Medium web page.

Jessica Powell recommends placing vegetable puree into buttermilk-free biscuits to trick your children into consuming their greens. She additionally recommends the e book The Radiance of the King, by Camara Laye. Arielle recommends this WIRED information to TikTook, and in addition, TikTook. Mike recommends the Beastie Boys Book audiobook, which is narrated by an all-star forged of characters. Lauren recommends Workin’ Moms, the CBC present that’s now on Netflix.

If you’ve got suggestions for us, please, depart us a overview! Or you possibly can ship the Gadget Lab hosts suggestions on their private Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes could be discovered at @pardesoteric. Lauren Goode is @laurengoode. Michael Calore could be discovered at @snackfight.

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