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louie bacaj

Hi, I'm Louie Bacaj

I am a software engineer, engineering leader, love writing, and I love building things.

I recently quit big tech to chase my dreams of entrepreneurship.

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M&Ms Weekly Newsletter

Every week I am helping others by sharing my learnings and being transparent about my journey.

My Favorite Posts

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Assets & Liabilities

(This essay was first featured on the 51st edition of my newsletter) Growing up in the hood, you saw people buy a lot of liabilities and very few assets. In one part of The Bronx, New York, which was full of Albanian immigrants, there were more Mercedes Benzes in a

Assets & Liabilities
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Inspiration and Passion

Everybody thinks hard work is hard. But hard work isn't hard if you are passionate about it and inspired to do it. On the flip side of that, even easy work is hard when you hate what you are doing. How do I know? Just a few months ago, I

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One on Ones for Engineers

The One on One is the most important meeting of your career. Treat it as such. Until recently, I managed multiple engineering teams, and I've managed and helped hire hundreds of Software Engineers throughout my career. Also, before moving into management, I came up the ladder as an Individual Contributor

My Recent Posts

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M&Ms 55: Hard Times

Hey Team, I think the world is in bad shape. I am usually a very optimistic person, but several bad things are going on at once, making me pessimistic in the short term. We have two significant nations at war, and both are effectively cut off from the global GDP

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M&Ms 54: Long-term

Hello from St Thomas, My wife and I decided to take a vacation this week. We left the kids with our parents and in-laws—a huge advantage of living close to a big family. Our parents will take turns watching our three-year-old and six-year-old. I am immensely grateful and fortunate

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M&Ms 53: Everyone is Scared

Hi Team, Everybody is scared. Coming up from poverty, you realize that everyone around you has fears. Then if you make it far enough, hopefully, to get out of poverty and meet some successful people, you realize they have their own fears too. Everyone is scared of different things. But

M&Ms 53: Everyone is Scared