Jessica Powell is an author, communications expert and entrepreneur. She currently heads Audioshake, a startup that breaks down songs and isolates individual tracks, giving recording artists more avenues to innovate and record. Prior to that, Jessica served as the Global Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Google, where she immersed herself in the world of tech. In 2018, she penned The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story, a satirical critique of the tech industry. She’s had many other satirical articles published in various outlets, including: The Guardian, New York Times, WIRED, Time, and Medium. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Stanford, where she also minored in classics. She speaks six languages fluently and has lived in 10 countries. 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • What Audioshake does (3:02)
  • How Jessica’s major of comparative literature helped her hone skills that are useful in the fields of communications and marketing (5:51)
  • What launching a strategic campaign at Google involves (13:49)
  • What the difference is between marketing and communications (17:12)
  • Why having a sense of humor is useful in writing (21:15)
  • How to deal with a toxic culture and why to listen to your gut (24:45)
  • Why Jessica left a high-ranking position at Google (28:06)
  • How to overcome the fear of quitting your job (30:53)
  • Why wine and cheese changed Jessica’s major at college (34:03)
  • What the “culture of failure” is like in Silicon Valley (39:56)
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