Jul 20 • 51M

Lessons from his mother, consistency in parenting and having teenagers | Fareed Mosavat (father of 2, CDO at Reforge, Product Leader)

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Fareed Mosavat
Adam Fishman interviews executives, entrepreneurs, and company leaders in technology companies who are also fathers. We discuss the tough aspects of work, parenting, family, the mistakes made and lessons learned along the way. It's heartwarming and hilarious.
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Fareed Mosavat is Chief Development Officer at Reforge, former Director of Product at Slack, Instacart, Zynga and more. He's a husband and father of two teenagers (!). In this episode we discuss:

  • Lessons from being raised by his Mom

  • His decision to start a family

  • Earliest memories of being a Dad

  • Regrets he's had as a father

  • Tweens vs. Teens and which is worse

  • Establishing family guard rails

  • What he and his wife don't agree on

  • Hilarious rapid-fire round

Where to find Fareed Mosavat

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/far33d

- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fareed/

Where to find Adam Fishman

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- Threads: https://www.threads.net/@fishmanaf

In this episode, we cover

[1:35] Introductions

[2:25] What is a CDO?

[5:19] Fareed’s career background

[8:19] Childhood

[11:04] Lessons from Mom

[13:49] How he met his partner

[16:36] Their decision to start a family

[20:51] More about his wife

[21:39] Earliest memories of being a Dad

[27:50] Work/life balance and a career story

[32:33] Regrets

[36:38] Tweens vs. Teens and which is worse

[39:46] Establishing family guard rails

[43:44] Where he and his partner don't agree

[46:23] Rapid fire round

Companies referenced: www.reforge.com

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