Sumeet Arora on moving on from a big company


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In Season 2, Episode 4 of Lead Time Chats, Jean Hsu, VP of Engineering at Range, talks to Sumeet Arora, Chief Development Officer at ThoughtSpot, about the challenges of moving on after a long stint at a large tech company.

Sumeet joined Cisco almost straight out of school and spent over two decades there, growing his career and the company. More recently, he made the decision and leap to leave for a different professional adventure.

Sumeet and Jean discuss:

  • The fear and difficulty of leaving the comfortable bubble of a large tech company
  • The importance of learning and adapting, and finding comfort and growth in being slightly uncomfortable
  • How his relationships with former coworkers has evolved after his departure from Cisco
  • Anchoring on the knowledge that as a leader, your skills are transferable across domains
  • Surrounding yourself with people who have growth mindsets
  • How to leverage your experience, and look at your new role and company with fresh eyes - and not just copy everything that was in place at the larger company

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