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Month: September 2019

From Engineering to Technical Marketing: Hugo Castellanos, Product Marketing Manager @ Intel

In this episode I share with you a conversation I had with Adriana Flores Ragade, Social Entrepreneur and host of the podcast LatinxAmerica. She asked me about my story and my journey from Electronics Engineering to Technical Marketing. We also spoke about how I got to Silicon Valley, my involvement with SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) and podcasting.

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  • 01:41 – Introducing Adriana Flores Ragade who will be interviewing Hugo Castellanos – All about the reason why he does podcasting, his day to day job and how he got to Silicon Valley
  • 04:12 – Welcoming Hugo at LatinxAmerica and his journey into Tech
  • 09:30 – Full time tech person with a podcasting passion in spare time. The reason why and how Hugo builds his own podcast
  • 13:19 – Things we can do as a community to solve the “leaky pipeline” of talent – Based on Hugo’s journey and the people he has interviewed.
  • 17:51 – How to become a product manager
  • 26:12 – People Hugo has met that have been to a product school or a short learning bootcamp
  • 29:15 – Recurring themes in Hugo’s professional life or in those who he has interviewed that have come to life
  • 35:47 – Practices that keep Hugo professionally activated
  • 40:17 – Influencers or learning resources recommended by Hugo, and his next play
  • 43:29 – Adriana’s last words

TAKEAWAYS

THE REASON WHY AND HOW HUGO BUILDS HIS OWN PODCAST

If you are a latina/o interested in working in STEM, Hugo hosts several soft skill workshops at SHPE that can help you, and is host of his own podcast Latinos Who Tech where you can learn from other very interesting professionals that are in tech and how they got there. It is possible, you can work in Tech too!

THINGS WE CAN DO AS A COMMUNITY TO SOLVE THE “LEAKY PIPELINE” OF TALENT

Reaching out to college students as quickly as possible to encourage them and let them know it is possible to work in STEM visualizing how others have succeeded. Seek out mentors through social media networking and build relations with them. Look out for the Latino Community in STEM, they will be more than happy to help you!

HOW TO BECOME A PRODUCT MANAGER

Intellectual curiosity, technical background and that love for finding out what the next big problem is, are three things necessary to become a product manager.

PEOPLE HUGO HAS MET THAT HAVE BEEN TO A PRODUCT SCHOOL OR A SHORT LEARNING BOOTCAMP

Go to Conexiones Episode 9. All about Carlos Montesinos. He went through a Product School. Three month intensive program. What is going to make you a product manager is shipping products. “Launching, measuring and learning”

GETTING A MENTOR

If you think you need one, that is a start. As many people are afraid of commitments, the best thing you could do is arrange a meeting in a cafe in order to have that first conversation. Get to know each other and find out whether you both agree having a mentor/mentee relationship. It depends on you to keep that relation going.

PRACTICES THAT KEEP HUGO PROFESSIONALLY ACTIVATED

Use David Allen’s methodology “Getting Things Done”. Plan everything you have to do, write everything down and process your inbox everyday. Mindfulness and paying undivided full attention in one to one conversations. Find some time during your day and everyday, to completely disconnect from phone and mail in order to focus and get hard work done.

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Keeping It Civil: Jimmy Galvez, Project Manager @ Sherwood Design Engineers

In this episode I spoke with Jimmy Galvez, a Project Manager @ Sherwood Design Engineers. We spoke about his journey coming from Guatemala to the US, his experience managing civil engineering projects in California, Texas and overseas and his involvement with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineer (SHPE).

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Timestamps:

  • 01:44 – Introducing Jimmy Galvez
  • 02:29 – The first Civil Engineer and Guatemalan in the Podcast
  • 03:22 – Who’s Jimmy and where does he come from
  • 04:05 – Immigrating to the US
  • 07:21 – From Community College to Cal Polly
  • 08:41 – Studying at Cal Polly; Civil Engineering
  • 10:12 – The difference between Civil and Structural Engineering
  • 11:08 – Jimmy’s first job out of College
  • 12:24 – A Master in that particular Craft
  • 13:16 – Land development and community planning
  • 17:04 – Jimmy’s current title and role
  • 18:08 – Construction administration support services
  • 19:07 – The handoff from design to construction
  • 21:17 – Pre-construction meetings; The relationship between designers and contractors
  • 24:01 – Jimmy’s favorite project
  • 27:17 – International Experience; Projects in the Baja Dessert; Desalination
  • 29:33 – Love for structural engineering; Always paying attention to constructions
  • 30:51 – The Challenges that a project manager faces
  • 33:53 – What are the skills that a Star Project Manager needs?
  • 37:43 – Communication; email vs phone call
  • 38:18 – Running meetings as a project manager
  • 42:13 – The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineer (SHPE)
  • 44:04 – Learning at SHPE; Soft skills, communication, networking
  • 47:16 – Being a SHPE Chapter President
  • 51:01 – Hugo’s SHPE inspiring story
  • 54:55 – Last words for audience
Who is Hugo Castellanos? Find out about him on linkedin
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