Gayle McDowell Net Worth – Story of the CareerCup Founder

Gayle McDowell is an American software engineer, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. She was born on October 5, 1982.

Gayle McDowell Net Worth

Gayle McDowell’s net worth is around $5 million. She founded CareerCup which provides programming interview preparation for candidates applying to Microsoft, Google, Amazon and other tech companies. She is also the chief executive officer or CEO of the company.

Before founding her own company, McDowell previously worked for Apple, Microsoft, and Google. While working for Google, she has interviewed over 150 candidates in three countries and was part of Google’s hiring committee for three years. 

Gayle also taught two Computer Science courses at the University of Washington.

She authored a number of books – “Cracking the Coding Interview,” “The Google Resume,” “Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology,” and “Cracking the Tech Career.”

She also speaks at various seminars, conferences, and more.

On her website, CareerCup, people can find resume tips, recent interview questions, and more.

Personal Life

Gayle Laakman McDowell was born on October 5, 1982. There is not much available information about her parents, siblings, and childhood.

She went to the Episcopal Academy and later she studied at the University of Pennsylvania where she got her Bachelor of Engineering (BSE) and Master of Engineering (MSE) degrees in Computer Science in 2005. She got her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School in University of Pennsylvania. 

She currently lives in Palo Alto in California.

Professional Career

After working for Google as a software engineer, she joined a small venture capital-funded startup company as the Vice President (VP) of engineering.  

After getting her MBA, McDowell then established her own business, CareerCup which aims to help people get ready for interviews at various tech companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Her activity has been widely featured in reputable papers such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S News & World Report and Fast Company.

McDowell works as a consultant of engineering. She’s also in interview training, tech hiring, hiring coaching, and acquisition coaching. Hiring coaching is done to help companies or businesses refine their hiring processes. Her philosophy is (1) Hire Smart (2) Hire People Who Care (3) Hire Good Employees, not good candidates (3) and (4) Know The Weaknesses. In acquisition coaching, Gayle works with the whole team to prepare them before the interview process. Stronger performances in the interview means more people getting offers and at higher acquisition prices.

She is a renowned speaker who is well-sought to talk at companies, conferences and more. Some of the topics in her talks are preparing for coding and product managers interviews, how to be a great tech interviewer, women in tech.

Gayle McDowell also writes for various publications. She also mentors and offers advice to companies and groups.

Gayle McDowell Relationship Status

Gayle McDowell met her husband when she was 20 years old. They were both Microsoft student consultants. They were best friends for three years before they started dating.

The couple has two sons.

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