Hyoun Park – Gender Studies Major Turned Tech Industry Analyst (#40)
Hyoun Park is the CEO and Founder of Amalgam Insights, an industry analyst firm focused on managing technology at scale for emerging business models. Over the past 20+ years, Park has been at the forefront of trends such as Moneyball, social networking, Bring Your Own Device, data monetization, and the Subscription Economy working with startups, large enterprises, and the investment community.
Park has been quoted in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Barron’s, and a wide variety of mainstream and technology press sources. Although he primarily works with enterprise technologies, Park has a soft spot in his heart for new and innovative technology startups and is dedicated to supporting greater gender and cultural diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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“Part of being a market-facing analyst is doing the webinars, speaking on stage, the executive presentations that you don’t necessarily think about as an individual technology contributor.”
In this episode we’ll cover:
- How Hyoun chose not to go to medical school and instead majored in gender studies
- What its like learning computer science on your own terms without a formal education
- The day to day of a market-facing tech industry analyst. Hint: There’s more to it than just conducting research.
[2:12] – Hyoun graduated from Amherst with a degree in women’s and gender studies. His first job out of college was doing customer service at a VC backed tech company where he got into management after a few years.
[4:55] – Hyoun shifted over to Enterprise IT after getting burnt out from VC backed companies. Working with companies such as Teradyne and Boses, Hyoun got familiar with cell phones and managing databases.
[8:01] – Why Hyoun chose not to go to medical school even though he was ahead on all of the requirements?
[10:45] – Hyoun reflects why he got his degree in women and gender studies and how this decision has played out in his tech career
[13:35]- What was it like learning computer science on his own terms? There was definitely a frustration and a few late nights.
[18:21] – What was it like working for a VC backed company in the dot com era?
[20:05] – Hyoun talks about making the decision to become a tech industry analyst.
[25:30] – Hyoun worked his way up at Aberdeen to learn about tech industry analysis before he started his own firm.
[28:15] – Tech Industry analyst isn’t a career for someone just starting out. One of the main criteria is having widespread tech experience to pull from. Part of the job is doing webinars, speaking on stage, executive presentations.
[32:01] – Hyoun likes hiring people who are problem solvers. A sample hypothetical question he would ask is ‘what would happen if Microsoft bought Oracle?’
[38:09] – What’s next in tech? There have been some big leaps in machine learning to finally make it supportable on an ongoing basis. In the past, it wouldn’t be an ongoing process.
[41:10] – Looking back at his early career, Hyoun regrets not speaking out more when something was headed in the wrong direction. What are the right ways of speaking out? How do you take into account a company’s culture?
Past interviews mentioned:
Mike Gualtieri – Tech Analyst at Forrester (#38)