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louie bacaj

Hi, I'm Louie Bacaj

I am a software engineer, engineering leader, love writing, and I love building things.

I recently quit big tech to chase my dreams of entrepreneurship.

Want to learn more about me? Start Here.

M&Ms Weekly Newsletter

Every week I am helping others by sharing my learnings and being transparent about my journey.

My Favorite Posts

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Assets & Liabilities

(This essay was first featured on the 51st edition of my newsletter) Growing up in the hood, you saw people buy a lot of liabilities and very few assets. In one part of The Bronx, New York, which was full of Albanian immigrants, there were more Mercedes Benzes in a

Assets & Liabilities
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Inspiration and Passion

Everybody thinks hard work is hard. But hard work isn't hard if you are passionate about it and inspired to do it. On the flip side of that, even easy work is hard when you hate what you are doing. How do I know? Just a few months ago, I

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One on Ones for Engineers

The One on One is the most important meeting of your career. Treat it as such. Until recently, I managed multiple engineering teams, and I've managed and helped hire hundreds of Software Engineers throughout my career. Also, before moving into management, I came up the ladder as an Individual Contributor

My Recent Posts

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M&Ms 61: Mid-Year Earnings Update

Hey Team, It's the halfway point of this year, and it's time for a small update. An update on the Small Bets strategy I have adopted as my way forward for entrepreneurship this year. I have made about ~$50k in total from all of the small bets I have placed

M&Ms 61: Mid-Year Earnings Update
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M&Ms 60: Real Estate

You may recall that I told you we were in for some hard times a month back. Then the hard times came. We aren't done yet. Now the hard times are coming for real estate. Earlier this week, I gave my second talk to the Small Bets community, teaching them

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Uncapping Luck

It is impossible to be the beneficiary of outsized luck with a big corporate job. Your pay is capped. Any variable rewards based on performance are capped. Your promotions are capped. Capped at least by some time at level and often by other factors too. However, unfortunately, it is possible

Uncapping Luck