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About Christine Yang

Christine is Amplitude's Director of Business Development. She pivoted from electrical engineering to a career in sales, in which she can help people get the most out of technical products. In her spare time, Christine does a lot of cooking, eating, and Instagram-ing pictures of her food.

Just working on some engineering.

What’s an extroverted engineer to do? How about try sales

Christine Yang is Amplitude’s Director of Business Development and was our first sales hire.

Christine Yang is Amplitude’s Director of Business Development and was our first sales hire.

The route by which I got into sales is pretty unusual.

I majored in Electrical Engineering, with a focus on device materials and solid state physics. I spent my summer internships working in circuit design at Cisco and Broadcom.  I got the chance to work with a professor on an incredible project: designing the logic for a Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure monitor.

My brain is wired for engineering. And yet I was very unhappy at these jobs, toiling away at my computer by myself. I briefly considered going to culinary school so I wouldn’t have to choose between creating things and getting to be around other people. I worked for a restaurant for three months and discovered it was an incredibly difficult industry to work in.

Then, I found sales.

Now, I get to interact with people all day and also put aspects of my engineering training to use. If there are any extrovert-engineers out there who are unhappy at their jobs, I thought I’d share my story in case it would inspire them to try their hand at sales. As it turns out, a background in engineering is very helpful for my job at Amplitude, where I sell an analytics platform to largely technical customers.

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