Yashar Pirasteh - Growth Analytics Manager
Tell us about yourself?
Hi, my name is Yashar and I’m an analytics manager at a unicorn fintech company, headquartered in London. I love data, people centered products, and empowering people to grow in their jobs. I worked previously for a Fortune 10 company in healthcare back in the USA (where I’m from) before my current role. I know I’ve been afforded a lot of opportunities and think it’s important to be able to give that back and share the things that have helped me in my own career.
What led you to where you are today?
I love a challenge, questioning assumptions, and trying to consume as much information as possible. I think trying to connect with people and focus on novel ways of problem solving have really helped me in my work, and it has allowed me to avoid complacency in my day to day.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day for me starts with a workout (I get stressed out if I have to work out after work) and a nice cappuccino. I usually start by checking my slack messages and some key dashboards to measure business performance. My day is generally structured around meetings with various stakeholders for project updates and catch-ups with my team as well as structuring our data strategy. Depending on deadlines, I can be more hands-on as well, but I wouldn’t say every day is the same.
Advice to your younger self?
My advice would be: work on focus and deep work, prioritize empathy, and think more intentionally about your career path. I wasn’t super concerned with my long term career when I first graduated, but I have learned that a balance of work and my relationships is key to happiness and positive mental health. Also to remember that no matter what, work can always be rescued, your personal relationships can’t if you neglect them.
If you could invite anyone to join the Black Valley community, who and why?
Adam Grant - he’s an organizational psychologist (he wrote “Think Again” - highly recommend for anyone wanting to push the envelope at work), and I find his ways of thinking refreshing. He’d also advocate for a cause like Black Valley.
I get a bit overzealous with change at times and benefit from people who can explain things to me in detail because I’m not particularly detail oriented. I also think learning to rely on others around you is a strength, not a weakness.