Dave Ferguson spoke in my career planning class a while back. Dave is an alumnus of the Computer Science Department at CSU Sacramento. He works as an engineering manager at Facebook. That alone was a magnet - more kids showed up than are registered... Facebook has cachet. It is a company that hires technical talent and exudes fun.
What Dave shared was priceless. He traced his 25+ year career from a systems engineering position with IBM, management positions with Intuit, through engineering director positions with Caere Corporation and DST Output, to his own start-up Ignite Logic; then to his job as an engineering director at Google and present position with Facebook. Dave sold Ignite Logic to Google in 2004. It was the fourth company that Google acquired. The engineers who worked for Ignite Logic became engineers at Google and continue to work there to this day. (So that is how to get a job at Google…) Over the course of his career Dave has learned a few things. He shared some of his most important insights with the class… and he shared his failures. The depth with which he shared his experience touched and inspired every person in the room.
What was curious was how normal and how human Dave was in his presentation. You would think that someone who made it into the most innovative and successful companies in the world would be super human…
Dave shared what he calls the “4 Knows”: