Diana Kimball

Diana Kimball

Senior Community Manager


SoundCloud

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Loved reading books and wanted to be a novelist.
Fell in love with the internet as a teenager.
Studied history in college because it was full of stories.
Realized that technology was the future and something I'd always loved.
Worked as a Program Manager at Microsoft because it was the most technical role I could find.
Went to Harvard Business School to broaden and deepen my skills.
Took an internship at an internet startup and loved it.
Moved to Berlin to work at the intersection of technology and creativity.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
History, General
Harvard University
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Harvard University

Career

Senior Community Manager

I lead a team that supports creators in finding their audience.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Music
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I wake up in the morning in my apartment in Berlin. I roll over to pick up my phone and scroll through the emails that came in overnight; I work for a global company, so part of my team works nine time zones away. Once I've taken care of any urgent matters, I travel to the office by tram. For the rest of the day, I alternate between writing emails and participating in meetings. Every few weeks, I stand in front of my colleagues and share the work we're doing for creators.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

If you can find a way to learn just enough computer science to be dangerous, amazing opportunities will find their way to you. My current role isn't strictly related to programming, but my knowledge of Ruby and SQL comes in handy on a weekly basis. If technology is the future, understanding its building blocks (and being able to play around with them) will serve you well.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

High school is the perfect time to explore interests that could become lifelong loves. I can't count the number of job interviews where I've cited my 6-hour-a-day high school AOL Instant Messenger habit as proof of my long-held love of technology and the internet. When you interview at an exciting company one day, they'll be looking for what makes your eyes light up. Try lots of things and go deep on the ones that spark something in you.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
graduate
Graduate
Communications

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You should get a Ph.D. in History."