I Follow My Heart To A Good Ecosystem, A Good Team, And A Suboptimal Product Experience

I. So, what does that mean?

Figure 1. Ecosystem, team, and product experience

II. Why Did You Join Uber?

Now let me explain why I left Google to join Uber in June 2016.

Figure 2. My first trip with Uber on November 2015.

III. Why Still At Uber?

To be honest, 2017 has been a tough year in my career, if not the toughest, simply because of endless news cycles, and occasional friendly questions like “Does Uber deserve you?” or “Why don’t you go back to Google?”

IV. The Center of Ikigai

In the end of my retrospection over my 5 quarters at Uber, I see myself getting close to the Ikigai. Ikigai (生き甲斐) is a Japanese word whose meaning translates roughly as “a reason for being, encompassing joy, a sense of purpose and meaning and a feeling of well-being”. As shown in the Venn diagram below, the closer you are to Ikigai, the more meaningful you will find you life to be. Working at Uber gives me such a great opportunity to stay close to Ikigai, and makes me super-pumped every day.

Figure 3. Ikigai Diagram (Source: dreamstime)



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George Zhang

George Zhang


Sr. Director of UX Research at Course Hero. Formerly Google, Uber, Intel. Received Ph.D in I/O psychology.