Ahmad Kadhim - Will Adobe screw up the Figma acquisition?
AK shares his thoughts on the Figma acquisition, what he would do if he were part of Adobe leadership, and his hopes for the future of Figma. He also gives excellent career advice rooted in what he has learned during his tech career.
Will Adobe screw up the Figma acquisition?
In episode 38 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Ahmad Kadhim (also known as AK), Co-founder and VP of Product at 3RM, a Web3 startup. He made his way into tech over ten years ago through a Bootcamp and has worked as a developer, designer, and product manager during his career.
During our chat, AK advises how to break into tech and the latest on the Figma acquisition by Adobe. We dive into what we hope to see come out of this shift that has rocked our industry and AK’s inspiring closing thoughts on how this acquisition could change the future of design.
How AK broke into tech after a Bootcamp
AK has such a unique origin story on how he broke into tech. While he was in the last two weeks of his Bootcamp and working on his final project, he started working at a local coffee shop. The coffee shop was in an area with many tech firms and startups. AK began talking to the barista about what he was working on, and she suggested he make a sign that said he was looking for work. He made a sign with a bunch of funny sayings and technical experience and placed the it on the back of his laptop.
Each day during lunch, people started coming into the coffee shop, and when they saw his sign, they would approach him and let him know that their company was hiring or give him a card. The first day he had 20 cards, and as lunch was wrapping up, someone approached him and asked him to come for an interview right then! That interview was not his big break, but within the week, he had collected over 200 cards and was approached by someone looking for a front-end developer who worked in the same building as the coffee shop. By the time he wrapped up the Bootcamp final project, he had a job and was ready to start his career path in tech!
AK’s thoughts on the Figma acquisition
Throughout his career, AK worked his way from IC to a manager and is now a Co-founder and VP of Product in our industry. His time and experience in tech give him a unique view of the Figma acquisition. We discussed his thoughts on the acquisition and the positive outcome he believes will come from it!
“It's definitely strategically valuable for Adobe to just own the entire design space and not have any serious competitors.”
What would AK do if he were in the Adobe corporate ranks?
First and foremost, AK believes that Adobe will have respect for the visions of Figma and their team. He believes it is essential for Adobe to focus on the value they can bring to Figma without interfering with the core of what makes Figma so great.
If AK were on the leadership team at Adobe, he would have some suggestions to ensure our industry continues to trust that Figma’s innovative culture will remain intact as we move forward.
“One of the greatest things to come out of here [the Figma acquisition] is we potentially have hundreds of new people who just got unleashed and are set up to do great design things in this world.”
Thank you so much, AK!
We had a great time digging into the Figma acquisition with AK. From his perspective on what is coming next to what he would do if he were on Adobe's leadership team, AK shared so many exciting ideas and insights into what the future could hold!
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes a deeper dive into AK's unique tech journey and what he has learned along his career path as he moved from junior designer to senior manager and beyond! Don't forget to follow AK on Twitter and LinkedIn, and check out his website to see what he has going on next!
Where to find AK
- Twitter: @ahmadloveswork
- LinkedIn: Ahmad Kadhim
- Website: ahmadkadhim.com
Other mentioned links:
- 3RM: https://www.3rm.co
- Framer: https://www.framer.com
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