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Larry Jacobson

Career and Leadership Coach | Engineering Leader @ ex-Snap, ex-Amazon
Helping professionals in tech find their groove and thrive
United States of America 5.0 (3 reviews) Active last month Usually responds in half a day


$290 / month

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An experienced leader of high performance software engineering teams and also a dedicated, empathetic career and leadership coach.

I love coaching people early in their career, and experienced ICs, and both new and experienced managers and directors. If you're curious about my coaching style and how I would approach a 1-1 coaching relationship with you, I would really value meeting you in a 1-1 introductory call. Go for it and schedule one.

Currently I focus on:
+ career and leadership coaching to professionals and execs in tech, all roles and levels.
+ job interview coaching
+ consulting to organizations on hiring and leading cross-functional technical teams

👉 Career and leadership coaching.
+ Get unstuck! It's time to feel rejuvenated in your career
+ Get on track to your next promotion
+ Create impact as a first time manager
+ Develop your leadership skills as an IC or manager
+ Manage imposter syndrome
+ Focus on career longevity, job satisfaction and avoiding burnout
+ Strategize a career transition
+ Troubleshoot people/team/manager issues
+ Put that PIP in the past

👉 Job interview coaching.
500+ interviews as key decision maker. 200+ interviews as the hiring manager for IC and management positions. 300+ interviews as an Amazon "Bar Raiser", Snap "Decider", and interviewing partner at several companies. In these roles I have led groups of interviewers to make final hiring decisions for all types of positions (EM, SWE, PM, TPM, QA, DE, etc.) at every level including staff, principal and exec. I have had the pleasure of training scores of interviewers, and from the other side coaching job interview candidates. An experienced insider, I can help you prepare to ace your next interview.

👉 Consulting engagements:
+ bootstrap or scale your organization's software engineering capabilities; build high performing cross-functional teams
+ hire the best by constructing a rigorous and rational interviewing system
+ maximize long term retention by fostering a culture of growth and innovation

What mentees say



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
5 months

I have been working with Larry for over 5 months as I’ve transitioned from a solo developer to working for someone else, to then being a first-time manager. Larry has the rare ability to switch from focusing on the programming details needed to solve a technical problem, to understanding the different points of view that make up a project’s stakeholders, to getting inside the minds of people at different stages of their career and their fears and desires. It has been a pleasure working with Larry. Great listener, empathetic, and always have great insights—whether when I need a quick opinion on a problem via email; or untangling a complex knot of misalignments. Very versatile and someone I hope to keep working with.



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
1 month

Larry has been my mentor for over a decade, long before he began officially mentoring others. I had the pleasure of working with Larry for nearly three years in my past and I have to say that writing a summary of everything I loved about my experience is difficult - there are far too many! But I'll try to share a few with you: 1) I think his professional background in technology & an industry experience are a rare combination that makes him an exceptional mentor. He is very good at asking the right questions to get to the bottom of my issues and then articulating his recommendations in simple and clear language. 2) He connects with you on a personal level, and he shares many of his own experiences on how he would have overcome those challenges, as well as the lessons learned from his past that can help us overcome those instances. He is very well composed and has helped many people overcome many stressful situations in their professional lives by finding the right work-life balance. The one thing I admire most about him is that he is a people person, and the way he communicates and presents information is incredible, which I have always admired about him. 3) He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and extremely organized! If you ask him a question, he'll almost certainly have a positive and constructive recommendation for you based on some of the great references that you can take away with you. I value his candid feedback on my work and how I work. Furthermore, his warm and kind personality makes learning from feedback enjoyable. 4) He is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to educate and inspire, assisting me not only in finding answers to questions but also in better understanding the problem. I wholeheartedly endorse his services and will continue to be his mentee !



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
2 months

He is an incredible mentor who has helped me understand my current situation and alleviated the pressure I feel in both my work and personal life.


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