Deb Liu
Lessons from tech, leadership, and parenthood
Created 01 Jan 2021
  • Memories through Food: How Taste Passes on Culture
    13 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 7 1
    Cooking Class in Taiwan Now that my kids have gone back to in-person learning, they’ve started coming home every day complaining about the food at the school cafeteria. Having enjoyed home-cooked lunc...
  • Career Coaching: How an Outside Perspective Can Change Your Life
    05 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 12 5
    In 2011, I was struggling with the feeling that my career had stalled. My skip-level manager, Dan Rose, set up time with me to talk about it. Dan candidly shared his observations from having worked wi...
  • The Art of the Handoff: Leaving Things in Good Shape When You Need to Go
    28 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 7 4
    I have experienced many transitions over the course of my career. These have run the gamut from taking time off for the births of my children to leaving a company where I had hundreds of recursive rep...
  • Reframing the Question
    22 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 31 3
    One day I received an email out of the blue inviting me to interview for a CEO position at an iconic Silicon Valley company. I showed it to my husband and we laughed, thinking it was a mistake. I repl...
  • Break Your Blockers: Five Reasons You May Be Standing In Your Own Way
    15 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 27 3
    I often meet people who feel stuck in their current jobs. They are not advancing the way they want, and yet they are not getting clear feedback as to why. The vague nature of what they are hearing mak...
  • Six Months In: A Reflection
    08 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 23 4
    I started my new role at Ancestry six months ago this week. It is strange how the passage of time works. I feel like I have been here forever, but at the same time, I feel like I just started yesterda...
  • The Long Road to Here: Six Steps to Achieving Your Long-Term Goal
    01 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 34 11
    Today I submitted a completed manuscript to my publisher: a non-fiction book I have been working on since 2018. The book will come out in the fall of 2022. During this same period, I also wrote two fi...
  • Speaking Up and Connecting
    24 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 31 6
    Sam Zun, the Legal Director for Payments and Commerce at Facebook, set up a one-on-one meeting with me one day. We had worked together for a while, but he had never once asked to meet individually. I ...
  • Quitting: Cutting the Cord That Holds You Back
    18 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 29 11
    “Quitters never win and winners never quit” is a quote that you have no doubt heard. Those who stick to something are the ones who win, and those who quit are losers, not worthy of success. But what i...
  • No Regrets: Living a Life Looking Forward
    09 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 63 11
    Regret is the act of looking backward, rehashing what could have been instead of embracing what is and what could be. The more steps you take while looking back, the fewer steps you take while looking...
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