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louie bacaj

Hi, i'm louie bacaj

Welcome to my online real estate, I am an engineering leader, a software engineer, and I love startups.

A quick 10 seconds about me

I grew up in The Bronx, NYC, most of my life.

I've worked at fortune 100 companies and startups alike. One of those startups has had a successful exit.

Currently, I lead multiple engineering teams at a fortune 1 company.

I am passionate and write about many domains such as engineering leadership, making things, careers, real estate, eCommerce, healthcare, growth and marketing.

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Consider my weekly postcard. I will send you a few of the best ideas I learned about and articles I read once a week.

My Favorite Posts

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The meaning of your life?

I wasn't paying much attention to the existential question, chances are, neither are you. But half a year of creating forced me to stop wasting my attention and instead focus it on what's truly important to me. It turns out watching lots of Netflix, playing video games, scrolling away meaninglessly

The meaning of your life?
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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
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The number one mistake leaders make.

The biggest mistake a leader can make is to not fight enough for their people. In all of the largest companies, promotion time is a time of in-fighting. It is contentious at Amazon, Facebook, and every highly competitive place. A promotion cycle is when managers literally shout at each other

The number one mistake leaders make.

My Recent Posts

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Postcard 23: When It Rains It Pours

Hello from New York. A crazy week full of Ups and Downs, just like the rest life for everyone right now. We had big storm damage over here in Westchester, New York, as the hurricane passed through. I spent most of this week dealing with that damage at my home

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The meaning of your life?

I wasn't paying much attention to the existential question, chances are, neither are you. But half a year of creating forced me to stop wasting my attention and instead focus it on what's truly important to me. It turns out watching lots of Netflix, playing video games, scrolling away meaninglessly

The meaning of your life?
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How to get the Results

If I could tell you one thing that I learned this year, it would be to start. But that wouldn't be enough because I'd also need to tell you to keep going after you start. But you can't worry about that second part if you haven't even started yet, so

How to get the Results