Since April 2003, I have worked at four companies in China and the US: Lenovo, Intel, Google, and currently Uber. With each company, I’ve been asked “Why do you want to join X?”, “Why do you leave Y?”, and “Why now?” I’ve been asked these questions by HR at every company, as well as by my family, friends, colleagues, and even candidates that I’ve interviewed.
Responding to these questions, I’ve basically boiled down my long, complicated narrative down to this:
I follow my heart to companies that exist within good ecosystems, that have good teams, but that still offer a suboptimal product experience. The imperfect product experience is where I come in. As long as I have a good team and a good ecosystem, I love to work to improve the product experience for the user.