I started my “career” as a mathematician but learned that I don’t have the patience to work on abstract concepts that might never get useful (plus, you didn’t really get paid as a mathematician in Russia). Turns out we’re guilty of this in product development as well, which I aim to minimize.
Later I learned there’s plenty of ways to apply mathematics in real life — I discovered it while being a designer. Luckily there are things like A/B testing and behavioral data to keep me happy.
On the path from mathematician to a designer and a manager I learned a lot about humans and keep learning today. I’m interested in decision-making, thinking, group dynamics and keeping ones body and mind in the best shape possible.
In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing and splitboarding, which is ironic since I live in the flattest country in the world.