Anne-Laure is a former Google and current neuroscientist masters student. She is the creator of the award winning 'Teeny Breaks' Chrome extension and writes at Ness Labs.
Hi, could you introduce yourself?
Hello! I’m Anne-Laure, the founder of Ness Labs, which is an online platform for people to understand how their mind works. With content, community, and coaching, it’s a bit of a virtual gym for the mind. I used to be a marketing lead at Google, focusing on digital health products.
How did you get into your current field?
I have always been passionate about the way the brain works. I’m currently studying for a Master’s in Applied Neuroscience at King’s College in London, and I use Ness Labs as a way to share and consolidate what I learn.
What are your goals?
My main goal is to help as many people as possible to make the most of their mind. My secondary goal is a bit more personal—building a sustainable company I can be proud of. Whether I reach these goals or not, the journey has been incredibly fulfilling so far.
Do you have a mentor?
I don’t currently have an official mentor, but I have stayed friends with previous mentors, and I pick their brain from time to time.
Do you mentor anyone?
It’s not exactly the same as mentoring, but I offer coaching through Ness Labs, so I work with many entrepreneurs to help them be more productive, more creative, and to take care of their mental health.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to break into tech?
Start writing online. Create a blog, and publish a few high-quality articles. Writing is a superpower—it can open many doors including in tech. You can start with curation and work your way up to longer essays or detailed tutorials.
Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?
I enjoy Brain Pickings by Maria Popova, Quanta Magazine, Wait But Why, More To That, and James Clear’s blog.
Any book recommendations?
I have a short collection of books about the brain which I recommend everyone who’s curious about neuroscience to read.
What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?
Thanks Anne-Laure. Please check out her work over at Ness Labs
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