Friday Hacks #218: How to Build a Career Moat

Posted on by Simon Julian Lauw

Date/Time: Friday, March 11 2022 19:00 +0800
Venue: Online

YouTube Recording:

1) How to Build a Career Moat

This is a career talk that should hopefully give you a new way of thinking about your career!

You might be asking these questions:

  • How do you evaluate job opportunities?
  • How do you make career decisions when you’re still learning your strengths, when you don’t know what you like, and when you can’t predict the future?

One answer is that you build a career moat first, before taking larger career bets later!

A career moat is an individual’s ability to maintain competitive advantages over your competition (say, in the job market) in order to protect your long term prospects, your employability, and your ability to generate sufficient financial returns to support the life you want to live.

This talk describes what a career moat is, what types of moats exists, the principles behind why they work (and how to identify them), and then goes into detail on how to build one!

Speaker Profile

Cedric Chin helped create the NUS Hackers, and, upon graduation, vanished into Vietnam to run the software engineering office for a Singaporean company (and also to complete his tuition grant bond). He helped that company pivot from outsourcing to product and bootstrapped it to a sweet single-digit million dollars in annual product revenue over the course of three years.

He popped up in 2017 to write The Two Tiers of Tech Companies in Singapore, mostly to annoy people on r/singapore. He currently runs his own thing and writes at

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