AMA: Chris Kalani — Ex-Facebook Designer / CEO of Wake
almost 8 years ago from Chris Kalani, CEO at Wake
Hey everyone! I’m Chris Kalani, a former Facebook product designer and recent co-founder/CEO of Wake.
I knew I wanted to make stuff on the internet since I was 14 and I pretty much started my career while I was still in high school. I decided to skip college all together and over the course of the next 6 years, worked for a couple small companies, a VC funded startup and a large agency or two.
I mostly did work for Nike, Microsoft, Visa and Adobe. But also did a bunch of personal projects on the side to stay sane.
In 2011 I joined the product design team at Facebook where I worked on Messenger, Growth & Engagement, and Graph Search. I loved it, but ultimately ended up leaving after I felt the team had gotten too big for me to be impactful. That experience changed my life and I learned a lot.
Last year I started a company called Wake with my friends Tobias and Johan who run an agency in Norway called Bakken & Bæck. I’ve spent nearly 8 months off and on living in Oslo, and what started out as a little project quickly turned into an actual company. Read the origin story.
I’m doing this AMA to answer any questions you might have about design, Facebook, Wake, starting a company or building a career without any formal training or schooling.
If I’m able to inspire just one person to go out and make something cool, then this will be worth it. Let’s go!
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