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Women Who Reign: Reyana Fayyaz

“Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.” – Edith Wharton

Happy Thursday Reigners! Meet Reyana Fayyaz, a PM in SF. Read about her favorite app which may just make you famous, overcoming her technical challenge, and the sport of skill she played competitively!

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I’m a Product Manager at a small entertainment startup in San Francisco.  I enjoy playing soccer, traveling, finding new restaurants, playing games and meeting new people. Fun fact: I used to play chess competitively for a county in England!

Favorite website / app:
StarMaker! A great karaoke app for getting discovered, or just signing to your heart’s content. Also Venmo, makes life so much easier to pay for food/drinks/travel with friends.

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted (if any):
Mindy Kaling. You can be smart, funny, and successful, and still be likable and down to earth.

Song that makes you want to dance:
BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias. It’s the jam!!

Technical challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
During a big release, right before we were supposed to push the button, I discovered a blocking bug involving recording a video (the app’s main function) that had gone past QA. We desperately tried to reproduce the crash (only I seemed to get it twice) – this involved singing Ed Sheeran for about 4 hours – until we were able to diagnose the problem as an OS level prompt interrupting a recording.  We were further able to diagnose it to the “Low Battery” prompt after trying several other OS level prompts and ruling those out.  I managed to release on schedule since this would only affect a few of our users, and submitted a hotfix immediately after release to fix the issue.

Ideal Job:
Creative Director at a game company or Head of Product at a tech company. I would love to manage several games/products/apps and run the product team at a larger scale.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Always keep working to improve yourself personally and professionally. You can’t lose if you’re working towards something a little bit each day.


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