My interest in wearables started four years ago. A passionate jogger, I found myself stuck at a performance plateau and thus purchased a Suunto running watch. The device’s real-time feedback revealed that my pulse was extremely high while running. By incorporating exercises into my training regimen that lowered my heart rate, I was soon able to shave minutes from my result. I was hooked; moreover, I understood that wearable technology has the potential to impact the everyday life of millions.
My long-term goal is to establish an Internet of Things (IoT) company that specializes in creating wearables – from sports to health accessories. Towards this goal, following my MBA, I intend to work as a Product Manager at a leading company that specializes in the application side of IoT- such as Verily Life sciences or Fitbit.
I believe that my past experiences have prepared me to be a successful PM. In the Air Force, I drove innovation and led teams to implement new technologies, including a prototype that I invented.
When I heard that my unit intended to upgrade its communication equipment with new equipment, I decided to work on enhancing the equipment we had so it could support the new features required. Not receiving support from the division at first, I decided to work in my free time, persuading a few of my soldiers to work with me after hours. We faced many challenges and worked for a month until we were able to create a working prototype, which we presented to the Squadron commander. The commander loved it, and gave me the support I needed to continue the project and develop the final product which than was created for the rest of the equipment we had. Ultimately saving the unit thousands of dollars it planned to buy the new equipment.
At Qualcomm, I developed core components in the snapdragon chip, located at the heart of billions of mobile devices, and collaborated with engineers from multiple countries. Since my promotion to Core Leader, 18 months ahead of schedule, I have led teams of engineers, working on tight delivery deadlines for multinational projects.
My daily work on the snapdragon-for-wearables chip involves solving the IoT’s most fundamental challenges: improving power efficiency and developing connectivity standards. The design work I do today won’t be on the market for another two years; putting me in an ideal position to navigate the development of the most advanced devices since I know what would be the advantages and drawbacks of the devices which would be on the market in 2 years’ time.
I believe that at this point of my career, an MBA from UCLA Anderson would be the next best step in order to achieve my short and long-term goals.
Anderson’s core curriculum would help me deepen my theoretical knowledge in marketing, finance, and management.
Additionally, I am interested in the numerous elective courses that will help me take my skills to the next level. In Technology Management with Prof. xxxx, I will learn strategies to market and manage new products in the technology market. In People in Organizations with Prof. xxxx I will develop softer skills such as influencing people without authority – an important skill every product manager ultimately needs. I would also like to participate in the Knapp Venture Competition where I could refine my business ideas in wearable IoT tech while collaborating with my classmates.
Finally, to broaden my perspective on the industry, I plan to take a leadership role in the AnderTech Club, and to leverage my connections at Qualcomm (headquartered in San Diego) to bring experts to the school. Leveraging the ‘Silicon Beach’ location, I plan to create events focused on IoT: arranging a Speaker Series with industry experts, such as Kevin Ashton – who coined the phrase “the Internet of Things.” This will enable my classmates and I to deepen our knowledge of this emergent and fast-growing field that will affect the way we work, connect and live in the future.
For all of these reasons, together with Easton certificate in Technology Leadership, I am confident that Anderson is the best program to support my future goals.