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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 Vice President for Communications 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. 


  • Why writing skills are essential (3:28)
  • Whether your major matters to break into communications jobs (4:49)
  • Why learning foreign languages — and going to new places — is so important (6:59)
  • What being your own boss really means (11:05)
  • Why to read The Big Disruption to learn more about what this field is really like (13:13)
  • If you want to learn more about what Jessica did as VP of Global Communications and Public Affairs and how she built her career please tune in to T4C episode #425


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