As commonly said (by me), your fans are your best employees.
The art of trying to tell an employer how great you are while not being self-inflated is nearly lost. I’m trying:
Promising fresh undergraduate.Newly minted 3 weeks ago from Nanyang Technological Universityin Singapore with a Bachelors in Banking and Finance (discuss: banking is soulless, but trains your critical thinking skills).
Startup sales experience. Worked at data-driven, high-growth startup ShopBack in merchant acquisition. Realised how much driving two-way value excites me. Started ‘Shopcation’ movie sleepovers at work that made the news.
European VC and ‘AI’ background.Took a gap semester to intern in Berlin with Asgard Capital. Screened 400+ startups (99% bad), went through investment process for two deals from start to finish (writing both deal memos), did research for fundraising. Noticed startups think they can get funding by liberally sprinkling ’NLP’, ‘machine learning’, ’neural nets’ into their decks.My boss thinks I was useful.
A curated mix of articles on what I’m reading and some ideas that drive me.
The AI low-hanging fruit. Thomas Davenport (Only Humans Need Apply) on how companies can immediately have quick gains from integrating low-end AI into their businesses. HBR
Mobility and the global refugee crisis. A podcast on how the tech community can focus on being an enabler in the refugee crisis and work to create solutions that are not just ‘solutionistic’ for its own sake, but to draw in perspectives that include the refugee population. a16z
Engagement beyond mobile apps. David Bailey (@davesuperman ) on leveraging interactive emails to re-engage with customers and pull away from native apps. VentureBeat
Your life is a picture, but you live in a pixel. Something that has influenced the way I try to spend my waking hours. Wait But Why
Low’s journey in the dynamic world of tech began with an internship at ShopBack, where she focused on merchant acquisition.
“I got the autonomy to execute on projects with full-time responsibility. It was hard work but with a ton of great learning, especially from my boss Joel Leong. I sometimes joke that I learnt more in the 5 months that I was there than in the whole of my university life,” Low shared with e27.
Low described herself as a strong proponent of technology as a means to effect long-lasting changes in the world. Her areas of interest include AI tech such as real-time, machine-learned big data analysis, NLP, computer vision and drone swarming, and VR devices such as Google Daydream and Oculus Santa Cruz.
“I’ve been a scifi fan ever since I was a kid, and to me, technology is not just symptomatic of the future, it’s the catalyst of the future; it is the future itself. Being a part of it, no matter how tiny, is something that makes me excited to wake up and get to work every day, which is important given that we spend the majority of our lives at work.”
Armed with that vision, she sought internships in other tech-focused firms during a year-long gap semester and exchange programme in Berlin.
The first was with Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) startup Roq.ad, where she helped to execute cross-device advertising campaigns for customers — including geo-targeting, audience targeting
After about three months, she moved to Asgard, a VC firm that focusses on IoT and AI. In her role as an analyst, she focussed on deal screening, deck screening and fundraising. It was here she started reading CB Insights regularly.
And now, her passion for tech and enterprising mindset has helped get her foot in the door. She is now scheduled for an interview with CB Insights next week.
Here’s hoping her unconventional CV will translate into a job.
Image Credit: Low Lin Hui
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