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Scaling your side project

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Is one of your New Years resolutions to start a side hustle or start a business? Join Xinni, Jackie, and hosts Naimeesha and Grace to learn about how to do so! Our speakers have founded and scaled art businesses, small businesses, tech communities, and more while holding a full time job in tech.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to identify a side-hustle

  • How to get started (tools and tips)

  • How to scale hustles

🐰About our speakers

Xinni is a Senior UX Designer at Google, who started drawing and coding websites because of her obsession with online gaming and anime communities.

More than 10 years later, she's still passionate about making art on, anime conventions and doing side projects.

It's a lot harder with a full time job so she hopes to share honest struggles and life hacks she learned along the way! 🙂

Connect with Xinni: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram

Jackie is an experienced product leader, with 7+ years of learning cultivated across startups, enterprise tech and Google. She dedicates her '9 to 5' to helping people access the healthcare they need as a PM on Google's Health Search team. Starting in the early months of the pandemic, Jackie founded Quorum – a company on a mission to amplify women's stories all paired alongside a candle. Since launching in September, Quorum has shared 15+ stories, sold 100+ candles, and donated hundreds of dollars to featured charities. Outside of Quorum and Google you can find Jackie browsing the shelves of her local bookstore (and inevitably buying more than she can read), cycling and enjoying the company of her husband and two cats.

Connect with Jackie: LinkedIn, Instagram (Quorum)

Host: Naimeesha Murthy is a Product Leader with over a decade long expertise in managing digital products from concept to completion.

Naimeesha is also a passionate community builder and the creator at Products by Women - A diverse global community offering skill-based mentorship and professional development opportunities for minorities and women of color.

Through PBW Naimeesha advices, mentors and also angel invests in early-stage women-owned ventures. Naimeesha is also an educator and a tech conference speaker and serves as an advisory board member at Pace University and is a Forbes Council Member.

Currently, Naimeesha consults at a leading digital agency and consults for big tech companies like Google.

Connect with Naimeesha: LinkedIn, Instagram

​​​​Host: Grace Ling is a designer, community builder, artist, runner, speaker, and content creator. By day, she is a Product Designer at Electronic Arts. By night, she is the Founder & Design Lead of the Design Buddies community.

Outside of design and community building, Grace creates content for social media and her blog to help students, designers, and community builders. In the past, she designed and developed virtual reality games to train surgeons and to make education fun. She also studied bioengineering and computer science engineering in college before making her way into design.

​​​​Connect with Grace: LinkedIn | Instagram (self) | Instagram (art) | Twitter | Portfolio

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