迈克•阿博特是凯鹏华盈风险投资公司（Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers）的合伙人。他曾是Twitter公司的前工程副总裁。2011年，他带着丰富的工程领域经验加入了凯鹏华盈，如今专注于数字领域的投资。迈克•阿博特从加州州立理工大学（California Polytechnic State University）获得生物化学学士学位之后，又在华盛顿大学（University of Washington）拿到了分子生物学和药理学的博士学位。我们向迈克•阿博特提出了十个问题，这些问题都是有关他在工作和家庭中所取得的成就。而他也与我们分享了自己获取新闻信息的渠道，曾经错过的最好机会以及他为什么想要生活在阿根廷和尼泊尔。
Mike Abbott is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm. As the former vice president of engineering at Twitter, he brought his experience to the firm in 2011 and now focuses on digital investments. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in molecular biology/pharmacology from the University of Washington. We asked him 10 questions about his accomplishments at both work and home. Find out below how he gets his news, his biggest missed opportunity, and what he would rather be doing in Argentina and Nepal.
Fortune's annual Brainstorm Tech conference brings together the best and brightest minds in tech innovation. Fortune periodically turns the spotlight on a different conference attendee to offer their personal insight into business, tech, and entrepreneurship.
1. What is the best advice you ever received?
"Just keep pushing." In short, it pays to be persistent. Life always presents challenges on many fronts, and focusing where you want to go can keep you stable when your world around you is spinning.
2. What was the last book you read?
Quiet by Susan Cain. Found it both helpful for areas that I struggle with personally, as well as to help me have more empathy.
3. What would you say to a group of young people looking to enter the tough job market?
Focus on just doing not talking. In the end, what matters are your core skills and how you communicate them to others. Go build things that help you in life -- whether interacting with friends, family and/or co-workers.
4. What was your biggest missed opportunity?
My biggest missed opportunity was also the best decision I've ever made. I turned down the opportunity to be VP of engineering at Facebook (FB) several years ago in order to pursue the woman who is now my wife.
5. How do you get your news?
I primarily listen to folks that I have the privilege to meet with, the folks I follow on Twitter, and I read, in particular, academic journals, blogs, and the paper version of several periodicals. And then I contemplate while running and swimming.
6. What was the most important thing you learned in school?
The importance of intense focus. The ability to shut out external "noise" and apply your mind to one problem/thought is incredibly powerful. Frankly, I am finding this increasingly difficult to do in our attention economy.