May 15 2024

Gokul Rajaram

The Superpower of Being Helpful

Gokul Rajaram played a critical role in building Google AdSense and led the strategic acquisition of DoubleClick, reshaping the landscape of online advertising. He also led Facebook's ads platform before its rebranding to Meta, and held product leadership roles at Square and DoorDash. Gokul is a Partner at Firebolt Ventures. He serves on the boards of Coinbase, Pinterest, and The Trade Desk and is an angel investor with Arta Finance.

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In this episode, we explore the balance between career, personal life, and financial decisions with Gokul Rajaram, a trailblazer in the tech industry. Gokul shares his journey through major tech giants like Google and Facebook, and how a pivotal moment led him to a challenging role at Square, igniting a career pivot that profoundly shaped his professional and personal life.

Gokul's insights into "regret minimization" and the pursuit of novel experiences over conventional success highlight the tough choices and strategic risks involved in navigating a high-stakes tech career. His story is a masterclass in aligning professional aspirations with personal fulfillment and showcases how strategic decision-making can lead to a richer, more rewarding life.

Listeners will come away equipped with the philosophies that high achievers like Gokul use to make life-altering decisions. Whether you're a budding entrepreneur, a seasoned executive, or at a career crossroads, this episode offers invaluable perspectives on making choices that align with your deepest values and ambitions. Tune in to uncover how to weave financial strategy with life's work for meaningful success.

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