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Rockstar Software Engineer Story: SW2 -> Principal In Just 4 Years

  • An engineer joined Mixpanel as a level 2 Software Engineer, and received 4 promotions in 4 years to become a Principal Tech Lead Manager (TLM).
  • Key to his success was the ability to make rapid progress on one of the company's top priorities: reduce infrastructure spend.
  • He had a hypothesis that the majority of the cost incurred came from a few customers where the economics were backward for Mixpanel.
  • Rather than solving a gnarly technical problem, the engineer worked with these customers to change their use of compute resources, resulting in massive savings for the company.

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