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My First Podcast Interview! The TPM Podcast With Mario Gerard

My First Podcast Interview! The TPM Podcast With Mario Gerard

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This week I gave my first podcast interview! I was a guest on The TPM Podcast, which is hosted by Mario Gerard. This podcast is targeting Technical Program Managers (TPMs). We talked a lot about the TPM role, including how it differs between different companies, how to prepare for TPM interviews, and how the role has changed during Covid.

We talked for almost two hours, but time flew so fast. We could have continued the discussion for much more time. I only wish that I was speaking a little slower, as I got excited by the discussion and that made me speak faster 🙂

The interview was split into 3 parts:

  1. Part 1 – FIRE and Covid
    • How I got interested in FIRE and why I started my blog
    • The Impact of Covid on the current work environment for Technical Program Managers
  2. Part 2 – Comparing TPM Roles at Amazon, Microsoft & Google
    • The TPM role at Google.
    • How the TPM roles compare across Amazon, Microsoft and Google 
  3. Part 3 – Preparing for TPM Interviews at Amazon, Microsoft & Google
    • Tips and tricks on how you can optimize your preparation for TPM interviews

Enjoy these episodes and feel free to leave me a comment with your thoughts!

About Me

I am an engineer with 15+ years in the tech industry, including roles at Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. I've been a Software Engineer, Product Manager, and Technical Program Manager. I also have an MBA from Kellogg School of Management with Majors in Finance and Marketing.

What drives me? A passion for empowering engineers to achieve Financial Independence and Retire Early (FIRE). I reached FIRE, when I turned 40 years old. Whether it's through personal finance strategies or career insights, I'm here to guide you on this path. Have questions or need advice? Feel free to reach out!

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