Why I couldn’t say I joined WeWork after I left Google

Three weeks ago today was my last day with Google after seven amazing years. Since I started working as Head of UX at WeWork in their headquarters in New York City, my friends and colleagues from all over the world kept asking me what’s my new gig. My response was that I can’t say and that I’ll share in time.

Earlier today I shared my new endeavor with the world. The reason for the secrecy was that until yesterday afternoon I worked undercover doing some secret shopping. I decided I wanted to learn how WeWork works from the inside. I pretended to be a potential member and booked tours in six New York City and two San Francisco WeWork communities. I introduced myself as a one-person tech startup, looking for a private office. Although it was hard to find anything available (good for us!), I eventually signed up as a WeWork member 10 days ago at one of our New York City communities and spent some time working there.

I learned a ton about WeWork from the community teams and I have a better understanding of the member experience. Better, yet not perfect. I identified many touch points between WeWork and its members, in which I plan to invest in the near future. I also identified and named several critical user journeys for our members:

  1. Pre-membership
  2. Onboarding
  3. Membership
  4. Growth and Exit

Next, I am going to focus on three main tasks:

  1. Deepen my learning about WeWork by joining community management teams in four WeWork buildings for three days each.
  2. Join our real estate professionals in the field and learn how they evaluate and choose future WeWork buildings.
  3. Hire top talent for my group. My group will have five teams: four user journey teams and one central team of specialists. Each journey team will be led by a senior product designer and will have a more junior product designer, design researcher, prototyper, and a visual designer. The first journey team I am building is the Onboarding team. Stay tuned for more information and job descriptions soon.

Got any questions for me? Feel free to ask here or on Twitter.

Head of User Research & Metrics at Goldman Sachs, Author of Validating Product Ideas and It's Our Research, Ex-Google, Ex-WeWork, WWE fanboy. 2∞&→