Tracy Chou

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Chou, 27, has worked at Pinterest since 2011, when it was still a scrappy startup. She's passionate about changing the gender balance in tech (she appeared in the documentary "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap"), and serves as a mentor at Code2040.

Best advice:

There's an old Chinese proverb 塞翁失馬 (sai weng shi ma), which loosely translates as "sometimes misfortune is a blessing in disguise." It reminds me that life takes a meandering path and to take both the good and the bad in stride.

The proverb literally translates as "Mr. Sai loses his horse" (a seemingly bad thing); but then his horse brings back a fine stallion friend (a seemingly good thing); but then his son, while riding the stallion, falls off and breaks his leg (a seemingly bad thing); but then because of the injury, his son avoids being drafted to fight in the war (an ultimately good thing).

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First published June 5, 2015: 3:08 PM ET