After almost 5 years of being a software engineer at Instagram, I find it too magical of a time in my life to not reflect upon meaningfully. I’ve previously written, “4 Lessons From My 4 Years at Instagram & Facebook as a Software Engineer” which all still holds true. It has all the context on how I joined IG, what I worked on and learned so I won’t repeat myself here. I’ll focus on my favorite memories, what I would have done differently, why I’ve quit, and what that lies ahead.

My last time in the office

I had a heck of a time there! Nothing…


When I first escaped covid in the US — I had no idea I was gonna be in Taiwan for so long. The original plan was 3 months, which became 6, then 9, then a year.

I want to share the events, reflections and lessons that were important to me. And to internalize how this year changed my perspective of the world, potentially my future.

Why Taiwan?

Taiwan started wearing masks and quarantining people from Wuhan, China in 2019 December. I was aware of what was happening on the other side of the world, so when I saw confirmed cases in NY…


I started a Mandarin podcast in Taiwan 12/2020, about 3 months ago. It’s been a huge learning curve but super rewarding and fun journey! I’ve recorded more than 23 episodes and have 12 published so far with a modest 140K listens, I have many things to learn but I really enjoyed the process/struggles, and am proud of the impact it has had so far :)

This writing will detail my motivation, the process and my learnings. …


Context

I joined Facebook as a software engineer (9/6/2016) and today is my four year “Faceversary” (9/6/2020). I want to take the opportunity to reflect and organize my thoughts around some of the most important lessons from the past four years. I still have a lot to learn, but I hope sharing this can still provide value.

To err on the side of clarity, I’m not writing this because I plan on leaving; I’m writing this because introspective reflection through writing is how I best internalize my learnings and growth.

This place is full of the most brilliant people from all…


Documenting my experience from cycling around the island of Taiwan in 9 days. If you are also a noob biker like me that didn’t know much going in, included are my lessons and learnings acquired along the way.

The purpose of this trip is to —

  • Try New Experiences — see Taiwan up close and in all the elements in a new and unfamiliar method.
  • Strengthen Relationships — the bond between us close friends (Ian & Joy) who did this together will become timeless memories.
  • Challenge myself physically and mentally — a long trip like this is always more mental…


How Taiwan’s quarantine system has prevented community spread without needing a lockdown.

Written from personal experience and observations. If there are any inconsistencies between what is written here and government official guidelines or the Taiwan CDC, assume I am wrong.

Writing this to share my personal experience in quarantine as a returning Taiwanese citizen. The process in place from my observation that seems to have been effective in the containment efforts without evidence of community spread, and without a draconian shutdown as seen across the world.

Initially shared on personal social media, many friends have asked for a more detailed…


A photo I took the first weekend moving to New York

Since publishing my previous writing on “Building Communities”, I’ve had a few friends ask for advice on moving to a new city, which inspired me to write this essay. I believe this is still relevant to people who lived where they are for a while.

Moving to a new city as an adult can be scary and challenging, you don’t know anyone and most people there already have their circles. I have lived in 6 different cities after college and enjoyed all of them to the fullest. Here’s the advice I found most useful during every transition:

It’s normal to…


If you’ve known me, you might have heard me talk about one of the “clubs” I started in my local community in New York City. Looking back at 2019, a theme for me this year was the idea of “Building Communities”. From Book Club, 530 Basketball Club and NY Photography Club. I enjoy these activities in solitary already, bringing people from different groups together to form new and deepen relationships truly brings joy to my heart. There were also insights along the way — how to best organize, scale as more people join. …


Recently read a book I really liked called “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande. Atul came from a family of doctors and specializes in end of life care for patients. He talks about what matters to people in the end when they are staring death in the eye. He discovered one of the most important things for many people in the end is their autonomy — the freedom to be the authors of our lives, shaping our own life based on our character, convictions and preferences.

While reading the book, it helped me gain a new perspective of my grandparent’s weird…


At the beginning of 2019, I embarked on a journey to find my purpose. Sparked by what I perceived as a major set back, I fell compelled to re-examine the status quo. Where I am in my life and career, why and how long should I be where I am. It caused me to question myself in ways I’ve never before. What am I doing here? What’s the point?

I approached this in a stoic, philosophical, and existential way. To find out what I want to do and where I want to be, I must go back to the basics…

Jacky Wang

Integrity | Positivity | Freedom

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