As shared over LinkedIn:
Earlier this month was my last day as a Lead Product Designer at Kumu. It was bittersweet, but I leave as a vastly more experienced designer than when I first joined. This is a short reflection on the incredible moments and valuable experiences this role has given me.
I joined as a senior IC but, after a couple of months, was made a first-time manager learning the ropes on the fly. Growing alongside a team of 8 talented designers (and ~15 interns) was a privilege and the most rewarding aspect of my job. Together, we reshaped the product and fostered a design culture built on fun, trust, and communication. Truly one of the best experiences of my career.
My greatest regret is not learning more from Crystal Widjaja and her intellect, kindness, and integrity. They say that having a great manager can heavily influence your career. With Crystal, there are no truer words. Having her as a mentor and role model was a life hack. Amazing leader, even better human being.
As a designer, I’m particularly proud of working with smart colleagues and making big improvements to the app’s navigation and interface, and the community and livestream experiences. All of which resulted in user experiences that were, as Kumu users said, more engaging, more user-friendly, and more accessible.
We all know how tough startup life is—more so in these economic conditions. But, from these challenges, I’ve learned lessons, been tempered, and have grown. And for these I am grateful.
WHAT'S NEXT? I don’t know yet. But I’m excited to explore new opportunities where I can apply my skills and knowledge. Please reach out for recommendations or advice, or if you have a Leroy-shaped void in your team.