Important questions to consider:

  • What % of the company do I own? (Not just # of shares)
  • What is the vesting schedule?
  • What is the type of stock: options, rsu, … ?
  • What is the strike price? What is the value now?
  • What is the expected dilution of future rounds?
  • When are shares exercisable after leaving? (Post-termination exercise window) “2) Most employees only have 90 days after they leave a job to exercise their options…


August 2018, I left my job as an algorithm engineer at Hudson River Trading to begin an MS in Computer Science at Stanford. I had been working at HRT for two years after undergrad and I was enjoying it greatly. “Why leave to do the MS?” many have asked, and here is a collection of my reasons:

Classes are fun

After working for a while, I really missed taking classes.

  • Course content is curated by professors, experts in their fields.
  • Assignments focus on the fun experience of quickly learning new ideas and putting them right into practice. …


I was admitted to and began Stanford’s MS in Computer Science (MSCS) program in Fall 2018.

Some people have asked for advice on applying. In this post, I present some of my thoughts on applying and resources that I found useful. Not necessarily in order:

  1. Learn about the program. It’s 2 years. Research is optional. Be ready to either pay a lot of money or get a Teaching or Research Assistantship. Read the entire FAQs https://cs.stanford.edu/academics/prospective-masters/faq
  2. Compare the Stanford MSCS to other programs. Either PhD, MS, or MEng programs at other schools. In terms of MS specifically, two similar caliber/intensity…


Last weekend I went to a brain training class.

This was a rather serendipitous opportunity provided through Stanford’s graduate student-run event program, and one that I definitely would not normally seek out. Brain training? I’m already in school, taking classes, conducting research, why devote time to seemingly useless and mundane tasks when I could be focusing on learning things truly relevant to my field of study? On a whim, I decided to take this 1.5 hour class, and it was well worth my time.

The class focused on memory. Here’s a motivation. Say you’re at a social event at meet…

Leo Mehr

Co-founder of Lumos. Stanford MSCS ’20. https://www.linkedin.com/in/leomehr/

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