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We all know about choosing the road less traveled and taking the fast track. But the path to success is not always the fastest, the straightest or the newest. In fact, sometimes finding success ...

We all know about choosing the road less traveled and taking the fast track. But the path to success is not always the fastest, the straightest or the newest. In fact, sometimes finding success involves a zigzag through life that only when looking back even resembles a path at all. And that is ok.

Join zigzagger and startup veteran Margaret Dawson, who has found business success and personal satisfaction through nontraditional routes. She'll share what she has found to be the important criteria when making decisions, how to evaluate risk, and how to trust your gut and your logic at the same time, and, importantly, how to decide who to listen to (and who to ignore) when making work and life decisions.

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Startupfest 2013 - The Crooked Path to Success - Margaret Dawson Startupfest 2013 - The Crooked Path to Success - Margaret Dawson Presentation Transcript

  • The Crooked Path to Success VP & Cloud Evangelist, HP Margaret Dawson and Professional ZigZagger
  •  10 Learnings from a Professional ZigZagger
  • 80’s Expectations Climb the Corporate Ladder!
  • Be a “Man”
  • So . . . I followed my dad
  •  Learning #1: It’s Who You Know
  • Then took a new (flight) path
  •  Learning #2: Jump OFF the Ladder
  • 10 Years in Asia
  •  Learning #3: Look for Open Doors
  • Started a new company in Taipei
  •  Learning #4: Surround Yourself with Supportive People
  • Pitched my next job
  •  Learning #5: Control Your Own Destiny
  • 2002 . . . Unexpected Job Search
  •  Learning #6: Believe You Will Land on Your Feet 6a: and network, network, network
  • Moved into Network Security
  •  Learning #7: Leap into New Learning Opportunities
  • Microsoft Needed “SSL VPN” Expert
  •  Learning #8: Update Your Brand
  • Microsoft ‘NAP’ Start-up
  •  Learning #9: Ladder Leap with Startup
  • Moved to the Cloud
  •  Learning #10: A “failed” Startup is Still a Great Experience
  • Answered the Unknown Caller
  • Another Startup in a Big Company
  • And along the way
  •  Final Learning: Let Your Light Shine Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We are all meant to shine… Marianne Williamson
  •  Thank You @seattledawson margaret.dawson@hp.com