Aug 30, 2023Liked by Thomas Stokes

I bet! In the meantime, I guess we have to apply Occam’s Razor and hope that we start to see a broader appreciation of UX’s centrality to truly successful products, rather than just being a cost center, especially from executive-level voices. 🤞

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Aug 28, 2023Liked by Thomas Stokes

Thank you for this patient and thorough analysis of experiences. Given the poll results so far and the actual positive (?) state of the US economy as described today by Judd Legum (https://open.substack.com/pub/popularinformation/p/if-the-us-economy-is-doing-well-why?r=1kcdc&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post), it would be great to look at the broader reasons why the hiring landscape is so rough right now within the tech sector. Why have so many people been laid off, really, and what are the structural issues currently occluding the sector’s expansion? I expect that the evaporation of cheap money will explain it for some smaller companies but I do wonder about the behavior of larger companies. Are they all being aggressively milked by shareholders right now? Beyond the scope of this newsletter, I know, but a sense of why that landscape is how it is at the moment and the areas that are less prone to such behavior would be so helpful. Anyway, I really appreciate what you’re doing here by looking at the state of the field.

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Hi Sarah, thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. I agree that it would be interesting to have a broader look into the reasons why the hiring landscape is so rough. I’d be keen to speak with some higher level execs to get a pulse on how they’re thinking about hiring vis-à-vis current economic status, but they can be difficult to nail down for a call.

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