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Episode 117

Jeremy Goldberg

Product Designer at Facebook, building Business, Platform, and AI on Messenger.

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Jeremy Goldberg is a Product Designer at Facebook - working on building Business, Platform, and AI on Messenger. Jeremy’s had a passion for and interest in design from an early age. He was part of a touring band as a teen and would often put his design skills to use for designing merch, poster, or other things the band needed. Following his time as a performer, Jeremy started to team up with product minded entrepreneurs in around his home town in Arizona. He launched a few side projects of his own before ending up working at Google on their search product for iOS. Today, Jeremy is part of the team at Facebook Messenger where he spends a lot of his time thinking about how people and businesses want to use Messenger to have conversations and get things done. Jeremy joins us to share his story, how he got into design and later tech startups, what it was like launching some of his own projects and the biggest lessons learnt from that, what it was like applying to Facebook, what it’s like working on the Messenger team, how he thinks about bots, AI, and businesses in the context of messaging, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Jeremy got into design & startups
  • Learn more about what motivated him to launch some of his first startups & side projects
  • Learn more about what it was like working at Google on Search for iOS
  • Learn more about what it was like applying to work at Facebook
  • Learn more about how Jeremy thinks about messaging, bots, AI, and businesses on Facebook Messenger
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Jeremy Goldberg is a Product Designer at Facebook - working on building Business, Platform, and AI on Messenger.

Jeremy’s had a passion for and interest in design from an early age. He was part of a touring band as a teen and would often put his design skills to use for designing merch, poster, or other things the band needed.

Following his time as a performer, Jeremy started to team up with product minded entrepreneurs in around his home town in Arizona. He launched a few side projects of his own before ending up working at Google on their search product for iOS.

Today, Jeremy is part of the team at Facebook Messenger where he spends a lot of his time thinking about how people and businesses want to use Messenger to have conversations and get things done.

Jeremy joins us to share his story, how he got into design and later tech startups, what it was like launching some of his own projects and the biggest lessons learnt from that, what it was like applying to Facebook, what it’s like working on the Messenger team, how he thinks about bots, AI, and businesses in the context of messaging, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:20
Where are you from and what did you study?

5:49
You launched your first startup in 2013, called Whistl. Can you tell us more about this and what motivated you to launch it?

8:00
Around the same time, you were also a product designer for an app called Peek. Can you tell us more about this project and how you got involved in it?

10:12
You then joined Google to work on the iOS search app. How did you create the opportunity to work at Google and what were some of the biggest lessons from this experience?

13:08
Before we dive into it, can you tell us a bit more about how you created the opportunity to work at Facebook and what drew you to Messenger?

14:55
You’re currently working on building Business, Platform, and AI on Messenger. Can you tell us a bit more about each of these elements and why they’re so important?

16:50
How do you approach being a Product Designer working on so many cool features within a great product like Messenger? What’s your day-to-day like?

19:58
Bots are obviously huge right now and will only continue to dominate. How does your role contribute to this on Messenger?

25:25
What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?

28:22
What’s are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

29:29
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

30:36
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Jeremy Goldberg on Twitter
Jeremy Goldberg on the Web
Facebook Messenger on Twitter
Facebook Messenger on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

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