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louie bacaj

Hi, I'm Louie Bacaj

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

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

I am trying to help others behind me by writing publicly and being transparent with my journey.

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My Favorite Posts

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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

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Don't Part-Time Your Dreams

It's too hard to work at a big company and build a startup on nights and weekends. I built a lot of projects part-time. My brother would help me. After our day jobs ended, we worked on the things that mattered most to us—trying desperately to get traction with

Don't Part-Time Your Dreams
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Leadership Debt

When you ask people to go above and beyond, and they do it, you go into debt. I am talking about those circumstances when you ask people to work hard, really hard. Those happen at Startups, and occasionally they happen at big companies too—those do-or-die moments when everything is

Leadership Debt

My Recent Posts

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Memes & Motivation 40: Accepting It

Hey Team, Like an addict accepting that they have a problem, I've become convinced that the first step to getting luckier is to accept that the world is a lot more random than we would like. Why? Because internalizing that about the world has helped me take steps to take

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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

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Memes & Motivation 39: Just Launch

Hey Team, This week, I launched my first info product, a video course called Timeless Career Advice for Engineers, and you won't believe what happens next. It actually sold a whole bunch. 170+ people watched it, and the feedback from engineers has been fantastic. It led to several conversations and