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Meet Mei Liu: The Fast Interview

Mei Liu, Product Manager at Fast

Mei Liu

Role: Product Manager

Team: Product Management

Talk about your background leading up to Fast?

I've been in the tech space pretty much my entire career, for about nine or 10 years. I was most recently at Coinbase, where I focused on five different product areas. A lot of my focus was on how to build the most frictionless, but also secure, login experience. So when I saw Fast, there was a similar mission in trying to build it for the entire internet versus just the cryptocurrency community.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a child?

I grew up in Austin, Texas. Most of my childhood I spent playing golf, so practicing three hours a day and driving to golf tournaments every single weekend with my dad. Overall, I probably cared too much about school and tried to make good grades.

What was your first job ever?

My first job was hostessing at a Mexican restaurant in Austin at the age of 16. And it was one of my favorite experiences. I interacted with a diverse background of people that were different than the people I'd been exposed to in school.

What other career paths did you almost take?

I've always been a little too realistic as a young child. So while all the other girls that I grew up playing golf with wanted to be turn pro, I was always like, “I'm going to play golf and get a college scholarship.” And that was always my goal because I always felt like there was a bigger meaning to all the gifts that I was given.

When my parents came to the States (from China), they didn't speak English at all. My dad studied computer science, my mom studied engineering, and that was just because they didn't speak English, and those fields didn't require strong communication skills. Fortunately now STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is the thing to be in. They got lucky there, but they discouraged me from going into STEM. They said the only thing that I couldn't be is an engineer or someone in tech. They wanted me to be a business owner or a lawyer, because I can speak English well. Funny enough, growing up, I never thought I was going to do what I ended up doing.

Which public figure or figures do you admire the most and why?

I admire Elon Musk. What I love about his spirit is that he dreams big, and there’s no target that is impossible or out of reach. He's willing to lay it all on the line.

What food do you uncontrollably eat?

There’s two categories. One is sushi. I could eat it for days. And then the other category is pasta and carbs in general. I have a lack of carb fullness.

Who’s your favorite TV or film character?

Carrie Bradshaw (“Sex and the City”). Shopping is really interesting to me, she’s that quintessential it girl in New York, and also she’s a writer, and I love to write.

What personal goal would you like to achieve in the next five years?

The next thing after Fast is starting my own company. I feel called to that as a female who's been given a lot of opportunities to learn all the operations as well as the technology side of what it looks like to run a tech company. So I'm here to exercise that muscle, because at a startup you have more of an opportunity to play a pretty big role in strategy.

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