In each episode, host Jon Chang interviews a prominent business figure who describes their first job (and sometimes even their first few jobs). The discussions are enlightening and inspiring and show the benefit of unconventional career paths.
On the pilot of My First Job, Jonathan Chang talks with startup and tech marketing executive and digital story teller Alexa Scordato about her early career, her path to success and the lessons she's learned along the way. Alexa, a veteran of Andela, Stack Overflow, and Porter Novelli, has a fascinating story to tell.
On Episode 1 of My First Job, Jon Chang talks with digital marketing and coaching expert Terry Rice about growing up in Upstate New York, his career path, and that critical first job--he was a rent-a-kid. Really.
On Episode 2 of My First Job, Jon Chang talks with Molly Neuman, currently head of global business development for Songtrust. Molly was previously head of music for Kickstarter, and had tenures at the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and eMusic. After college (and during college), Molly was in influential bands like Bratmobile, The Frumpies, and the PeeChees. Her career path has been fascinating, and Jon gets the details in this wide-ranging, entertaining interview.
On Episode 3, Jon talks with Tom Weingarten, a manager for a dozen engineers working on Waze at Google. He’s an expert at leading teams, which he discusses during this episode of My First Job. We discuss his first job in college, working at a technology center a year after the dot-com bubble burst, which taught him lessons about customer service and the perception of technology during that time.
On Episode 5, Jon talks with Toby Daniels, co-founder and CEO at Crowdcentric. Crowdcentric hosts some of the world’s largest marketing events, like Social Media Week. We discuss his upbringing in rural England. His family’s situation greatly influenced the way he thinks about human interaction and confidence as a career skill.
On this week’s episode of My First Job, Jon Chang talks with WeWork’s Dimitris Kouvaros. Dimitris is part of the Creator Fund. He talks about his experiences working with hundreds of New York City startups while at Silicon Valley Bank, Techstars, and WeWork. Listen for a conversation about “real jobs” compared to “career jobs."
On this week’s episode of My First Job, Jon Chang talks with Bloomberg Federal Technology Market Analyst Chris Cornillie, who writes about government technology contracts.
This episode features the one and only Erik Martin, who’s the former General Manager at reddit, US General Manager at Depop, VP of Member Engagement at WeWork, Lead Entrepreneur at Nike, and Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012. The list of accolades is truly awe-inspiring. Erik joins this episode to talk about the zigs and zags along his career journey, including experiences as a record promoter.
In this second episode with the prolific Erik Martin, he shares stories about growing up in an entrepreneurial home and advice about building a career. Erik Martin is the former General Manager at reddit, US General Manager at Depop, VP of Member Engagement at WeWork, Lead Entrepreneur at Nike, and Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012.
Jacqui Canney, Global Chief People Officer at WPP, shares her story experiencing servant leadership while working at a small gift shop during high school.