Laura Gao


Laura studied Business Analytics and Animation at Penn and now works as a Product Manager at Twitter.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..." Jobs

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • SpaceX
  • Quora
  • BCG
  • McKinsey
  • Dropbox
  • Lyft
  • Insight Venture Partners
  • Houlihan Lokey
  • Workday
  • Autodesk
  • Blizzard
  • Riot Games
  • Earnest
  • Tesla
  • Facebook (RPM, Product Design, and Data Science)
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Morgan Stanley
  • JPMorgan
  • Bain
  • LinkedIn
  • Disney
  • Yelp
  • Financial Technology Partners
  • Thumbtack
  • Lazard
  • Credit Suisse
  • Affirm
  • Salesforce
  • Airbnb
  • Adobe
  • EA


Clubs That "weren't a good fit"

  • DSP
  • Strictly Funk (I still love dancing as a hobby!)
  • Bell Society
  • Wharton International Business Review


Things I Swore I'd Finish But Never Did

  • Paper animation project
  • Online comic series
  • Unpacking all my boxes beginning of each year
  • 15K marathon challenge
  • Every hackathon idea
  • That CIS minor and extraneous concentrations


Everyday L's of Life

  • Sleeping through a flight for a final round interview
  • Getting investigated by FBI for making rocket fuel in the bio lab
  • Sleeping through Math & Chinese finals
  • Almost becoming a part-time student junior year when recruiting became too much to handle
  • Having to explain to Professors why they shouldn’t play Squirrels Without Morality at their holiday party

On the Bright Side


Leaps of Faith

  • Changing my major 15 times before I graduated
  • Reneging on a future job to explore my real passions


Succulent that survived until senior year


Memories I made while I wasn’t studying/working

  • Spontaneous trips to Toronto and Jersey beach with the Signal crew
  • “Whine & cheese” nights with best friends until 4am
  • Suffering 10 mile hikes in the Appalachian together with friends
  • Club basketball tournaments and late night pickup
  • Running along Schuykill during sunset and embodying the spirit of Rocky at the PMA