Join getAbstract to access the summary!

The Secrets to Designing a Curiosity-Driven Career

Join getAbstract to access the summary!

The Secrets to Designing a Curiosity-Driven Career

First Round Review,

5 min read
5 take-aways
Audio & text

What's inside?

Are you climbing the career ladder, or making wild progress filling your career canvas?

Editorial Rating



  • Applicable
  • Engaging
  • Inspiring


Do you see your career as a painting, or a ladder? If you ask Zainab Ghadiyali, product lead at Airbnb, she’ll encourage you to pick up the paintbrush and get to work covering your canvas. Envisioning your career as a painting allows you to seek “omnidirectional growth,” ultimately providing a broader foundation for eventual vertical climbing. She also recommends letting curiosity be your guide to better – albeit less conventional – career decisions. While most interviews with Silicon Valley successes are crawling over themselves to be “inspirational,” Ghadiyali’s story and advice can actually lay claim to the title.


Like most hungry grad school students, Zainab Ghadiyali was on the lookout for campus events that promised free food. So, when she stumbled into a hackathon sponsored by Facebook, the plan was to duck in, get a plate of Chinese food, then duck out before getting noticed, thus adding some variety to her extant all-pizza diet. But her plan backfired when a Facebook recruiter asked which team she belonged to. Sheepishly, Ghadiyali took the only open seat, which happened to be at the table containing the team who would eventually win. She knew nothing about coding, but was still offered the same reward that all the winning team members enjoyed: an interview...

About the Author

First Round Capital is a Philadelphia, PA venture capital firm that specializes in seed-stage funding for technology firms.

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

Related Channels