I never aspired to be a traditional engineer, but the subject suited me. I’d grown up around computers, and I’d started writing programs when I was 12. I read about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates in computer magazines. As I thought ahead to the work I might do as an adult, I expected to spend a lot of time writing code. In a way, I was like today’s typical Silicon Valley kids, except this was in Paris in the 1980s.
"Upwork's CEO on How an Introverted Engineer Learned to Lead" is from the May 2016 issue of Harvard Business Review.