Amazon and Microsoft - Assaf Ronen?

Uber LeftyKnox
Mar 10, 2018 77 Comments

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  • Amazon hibvfyf
    He is really bad product person. All he knows is how to grow and hire numbers which is what uber needs to IPO. He is not great at improving producer, has zero vision, super political, and doesn't collaborate with others.

    He ran Skype to ground and was fired from Amazon (nicely).
    Mar 10, 2018 9
    • Capital One / Eng KNABRIAF
      Ah the retards who fail upwards. The world needs less of them.
      Mar 13, 2018
    • Microsoft rlyn50
      He had a career at Microsoft of failing upwards. Looks like Uber caught onto his lying about Amazon tenure and rescinded the offer.
      Mar 21, 2018
    • Capital One / Eng Sashimi
      We did it, Blind!
      Mar 21, 2018
    • Amazon Retailer!
      Dara /Uber There are a few at lower levels GPM , Director lol who sneaked fix those nuts they were from Asafs org . One of them joined the UBer self driving cats he does not know shit!!! He claims to have worked in SDK ( did not do shit) name is Arvind former ibmer get him out if you can
      Mar 21, 2018
    • Microsoft OofkojCi64
      He killed other products in Microsoft even prior to Skype. Same tactics.
      Mar 27, 2018
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    If he is as bad as you claim, how did he grow so fast?
    Mar 10, 2018 9
    • Microsoft Sbwv22
      We don't hate PMs. But if you start off as a PM, you don't get enough time to develop your technical skills.

      In a few months to years, you are reduced to writing functional specs (and sometimes not even that), with zero understanding of the technical reality and devs hate working with morons who don't know what they are talking about.

      My advise - get into a dev role. Stay in it for 2-4 years. Learn the complexities and get an understanding of the challenges. Engage with customers along the way and then shift to PM after 3 years or so. You would be respected and actually produce meaningful impact as a PM, rather than just being an exec charmer, hoping to not get laid off.
      Mar 10, 2018
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      Thanks Sbwv22 for your perspective, appreciate it.
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Amazon / Other Chimp
      Great response Day_1 - I do agree with Sbwv22 but only somewhat; it really depends on what you excel at as a person and your ability to logically interpret tech. Most people entering IT and more fresh-grads have no clue, but there are exceptions. Good luck!
      Mar 10, 2018
    • New / Product
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      Thanks Chimp.
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Amazon / Product Tolstoy
      Great answer Sbwv22 and agree for most part. But I agree with chimp too.
      Mar 23, 2018
  • Uber suchwow
    Wow did Blind save Uber Product? We just withdrew the offer to him.
    Mar 21, 2018 0
  • Uber Rr27jjd
    Rumors has it that he also interviewed at Lyft for a vp end role but they rejected him
    Mar 11, 2018 6
    • Uber Rr27jjd
      Any insights to why he was managed out/fired?
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Amazon Tyiofg
      Didn’t deliver shit. Only focused on empire building. Didn’t play along with other groups such as search and personalization. Tried to play politics and wanted to encroach in their territory without doing first what he was hired to do. Created a toxic and dysfunctional organization of mediocre people.
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Uber Rr27jjd
      Sounds like we are going to have some fun :/
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Amazon Tyiofg
      It will probably take us at least one year to clean up his mess.
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Amazon / Other Ex-Banker
      This is correct. A friend at Lyft actually interviewed him and thought Ronen was a total blowhard.
      Mar 15, 2018
  • Amazon Wjjjitn
    I have to applaud Uber. This took real courage
    Mar 21, 2018 3
    • Microsoft / Eng
      AmlEval

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      For real. I thought they’d worry more about saving face than making a bad hire.

      Now, they need to do a good postmortem on what went wrong here in the first place.
      Mar 21, 2018
    • Capital One / Eng Sashimi
      Not as much courage as removing the headphone jack 😏
      Mar 21, 2018
    • Amazon Wjjjitn
      Putting it back would take real courage. I hate the airpods
      Mar 21, 2018
  • Amazon Aaawwwsss
    So...who’s going to show this thread to Dara?
    Mar 11, 2018 3
    • Amazon Tyiofg
      There is no 30 days return policy and we ain’t takin him back.
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Uber Bambooz
      😂
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      AmlEval

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      In any case, whoever hired him is going to be very defensive at this point. Humans are bad at this kind of thing.
      Mar 13, 2018
  • Uber LeftyKnox
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    Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds

    Thank you Blind, we dodged one thanks to you!
    Mar 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon Stunt
    He is a good story teller for sure and that probably is why Dara fell for him. He has been really toxic for Amazon. He loves to hear his own voice. Has zero product sense. He has ego the size of Empire State. May be Uber will change him but good luck cuz you’r gonna need it
    Mar 10, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    AmlEval

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    Congratulations, Blind community
    Mar 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon Ffjhfhf
    Congratulations Uber
    Mar 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon Stunt
    Dude is cancer. He kills everything he touches. Skype then amazon local register and then voice shopping.
    Mar 10, 2018 0
  • Amazon Tyiofg
    he was out of amazon 4 months ago and all the news articles are claiming as if Uber stole him. He was not a steal I can tell you this much. He continued to claim that he was the VP of voice shopping even after being out of amazon
    Mar 11, 2018 3
    • Uber LeftyKnox
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      Wow. Any idea why he was sent out 4 months ago?
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Amazon Tyiofg
      Read the thread. People have commented enough
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Uber / Eng shANq80
      Thank you
      Mar 21, 2018
  • Amazon hibvfyf
    Fxuking aye, there is justice
    Mar 21, 2018 1
    • Amazon Ffjhfhf
      Hell yeah
      Mar 21, 2018
  • Amazon / Other
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    Doomed. Need a career reboot. Uber rescinded my offer. Previously wasted a lot of time and effort at Alexa voice shopping.
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    Uber screwed me over big time before I could screw them over. They probably talked to someone at Amazon and figured out what a piece of work I am.
    Mar 21, 2018 2
    • Uber / Eng shANq80
      Can you tell me what a piece of work you are?
      Mar 21, 2018
    • Amazon / Other
      AssafRonen

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      Doomed. Need a career reboot. Uber rescinded my offer. Previously wasted a lot of time and effort at Alexa voice shopping.
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      Sure. Ask Alexa to buy something for you.
      Mar 21, 2018
  • Microsoft / Mgmt zz99aa
    Lvl 80 story teller and exec charmer. That's all.
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  • Uber akcjs
    How big was his org? Heard it was over a thousand which seems insane for only voice shopping
    Mar 13, 2018 4
    • Amazon Hgrtodj
      Fraction of that. And most of it was bloat. People were twiddling their thumbs
      Mar 13, 2018
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      I’m connected to him on LinkedIn. Should I hit him up for a job, I want some uber stock before they go public.
      Mar 13, 2018
    • Amazon Aaawwwsss
      They only seem to be hiring white guys from Seattle these days
      Mar 14, 2018
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      Well that sucks, I don’t fit into that category. :’(
      Mar 14, 2018
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    From his LinkedIn bio: “History of turning acquisitions into resound successes (Skype...)”
    Mar 10, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng
      AmlEval

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      Well, to be fair, it’s a more successful acquisition than most we made.
      Mar 10, 2018
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    Mar 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon yomani
    He was fired from Amazon. He was managed out here.
    Mar 10, 2018 0
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    Mar 22, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Other
      AssafRonen

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      Doomed. Need a career reboot. Uber rescinded my offer. Previously wasted a lot of time and effort at Alexa voice shopping.
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      Damn!
      Mar 22, 2018