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The Queen of Garbage Collection with Eva Nahari

Eva Nahari loves computer science, growing a successful career as a Product Manager in several Silicon Valley companies. But eventually her career got “stuck”. On today’s show, Eva tells Liz how a career coach helped her “get uncomfortable” to be open to more possibilities. And, it worked. Today she continues her love of software development as a VC principal.

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Your first act is school, your second act is work, but have you thought about what you’re going to do in your third act? Join host Liz Tinkham, a former Accenture Senior Managing Director, as she talks to guests who are happily “pretired” – enjoying their time, treasure, and talent to pursue their purpose and passion in the third act of their life.

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The Queen of Garbage Collection with Eva Nahari

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On today’s show, Liz talks with Eva Nahari—The Queen of Garbage Collection. Eva developed her love for computer science after a strange encounter with a creepy guy on a subway platform in her native home of Stockholm, Sweden. She graduated during the post dot-com bubble and had a tough time finding a job, until she described a way to clean up garbage java code to a prospective employer.

That first job launched a two-decade career solving difficult problems across a variety of Silicon Valley tech companies as a top Product Manager. But eventually, her career plateaued and she got stuck—unable to figure out how to get to the next level and increasingly angrier with her inability to solve the problem. Fortunately, a good friend introduced her to an older and wiser career coach who taught her how to allow herself to exist in an uncomfortable state with no plan and no immediate problem to solve. She told Eva that this state would allow her to be open to the most possibilities and, lo and behold, it worked.

Today, Eva is applying her problem-solving skills as Principal at DNX Ventures, a Tokyo and Silicon Valley VC where she continues her love of software development as an investor in early-stage tech companies.

3:48 The Creepy Guy
10:34 The Queen of garbage collection
13:39 Career start and going where she was scared
16:08 Getting stuck
20:58 Stay in an unclear direction state
25:57 Going from a square to a circle
29:22 Becoming a Venture Capitalist
34:55 Eva’s View

You can find more about Eva Nahari here. She also writes a Substack blog called Eva’s View. In the episode, Eva mentions the book Ground of Your Own Choosing by Beverly Ryle—learn more about the book here.

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