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About Jenny Chu

Jenny Chu
December 24th, 2020 · 3 min read

Hey! I’m Jenny, a Product Manager based in Sydney Australia and this is my 9th attempt at starting another blog.

My first ever website I created was to showcase my pixel art, and be part of that community. Then, I started to get into photography, so I started to showcase that online. When Tumblr came out, I’d like to say I was pretty famous for simply curating k-pop and anime posts (who knows why so many people followed me 🤷‍♀️). Once I started to make enough to start buying my own meals, I created a food blog where I managed to get a few free meals out of it.

A few years down the line, it’s been hard getting started on another blog because I am simply curious and passionate about /so many/ different things. That’s why, I said fuck it, I don’t really need a niche to start writing again. You’ll find a hodgepodge of random topics on my blog: productivity, product management, startups, design, food, stationery, travel, Asian-Australian culture and everything in between.

👋 Get to know me as a person

We know that personality tests can be BS sometimes, but it’s an easy way to describe complex human beings. My Myers-Briggs is INFP, which means that I can come off as reserved at first, but I am a super curious and self-expressive person. It may not always be verbal, but I love to express myself through other mediums: writing, drawing, craft and photography.

My top 5 values are family, creativity, curiosity, learning and service.

Sai Kung National Park, Hong Kong

In my spare time you can find me…

  • 🍜 Eating: my ultimate comfort food is a nice bowl of soup noodles.
  • 🎮 Gaming: the most casual gamer you’ll meet - I love Stardew Valley, Pokemon, JRPGs and Animal Crossing.
  • 🏝 Travelling: this year, I’m trying to explore Australia more.
  • 🖋 Writing: either doodling nonsense in my bullet journal or right here.
  • 📚 Reading: a recent favourite of mine is “Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi.
  • 💡 Creating things: whether it be trying to create a new game, designing wedding invitations or making my own ceramic cups.

👩🏻‍💻 My career in tech

I was always a pretty creative person. I grew up when some of the most iconic, beautifully made video games were released, and when the internet really started to thrive. I spent hours creating pixel art, building and even more hours admiring the beauty of Final Fantasy character designs. As a kid, I wanted to be a game character designer for Square Enix.

Enter high school and all of a sudden, it became hard to continue with my passions. My parents thought that the creative industries would yield no money and my school didn’t have adequate support for anything that wasn’t Maths, English or Science. And so, I stopped, and decided to just follow what everyone else was doing.

It was only until I almost failed the first year of uni, trying to get into Optometry did I decide to do the “scary thing”, and actually pursue something I enjoyed. For me, that was design. Growing up in a typical Chinese immigrant household, I avoided telling my parents this for a couple of years, knowing that they would be disappointed.

While you may notice I am no longer a designer and I graduated with a very different degree (B. Information Systems at UNSW), that leap somehow landed me in my first startup job ever. And from there, I fell in love with the unique challenges of building a delightful product that people want to use.

Talking at WebDirections 2019 on the topic, "Getting Your Team to think like a Product Manager"

Now, I work at tech giant Atlassian as a Product Manager, building platforms that scale. I also dabbled in a couple of roles (mostly as a Product Designer) in early stage startups, and freelanced a bit.

Some articles, talks, podcasts where I talk about work stuff:

📧 Let’s connect!

Don’t be a stranger. Feel free to add me on Twitter for tech-related ramblings, Instagram for local feeds in Sydney or LinkedIn for my professional background.

For speaking, mentoring or other opportunities, feel free to e-mail me. Please note that I am more likely to speak or mentor for the following topics: product management, diversity in tech, encouraging students to get into startups/entrepreneurial ventures/product management.

© 2019–2020 Jenny Chu
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