About Laura Reese

Hi, I’m Laura. I worked at Altera Corporation from 1996 to 2014. The bulk of my experience is in product planning, contributing to definitions from Flex 10kE to Stratix 10.  My husband and I quit our jobs to live in Malaysia.  We’re living off of our savings, so over the past year I’ve been fairly engrossed in all things FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early).

Once a week, I teach English to local Rohingya Refugee kids. I write about that experience here, and on the website for a charity I founded called Rohingya Refugee Education Fund. You can read more about what we’re doing to help these kids on that site.

When I was working for the man, my most satisfying work by far was in directing the Altera Customer Advisory Board. During that ten year span, we worked with customers to align roadmaps. I’ve written a book about it, and plan to publish it soon.

6 thoughts on “About Laura Reese”

  1. Hi Laura!

    I wanted to reach out to you after learning about the School of Peace. I am based in the US, but my parents are of Burmese origin. After visiting Burma for the first time in 2013, and learning about the plight of the Rohingya, I have made an effort to advocate for the minority populations of Burma by raising awareness and donations to organizations aiding the refugees whenever possible. I serve as a Fellow with the US Campaign for Burma and I’ve run various events and campaigns to help the Zakat Foundation of America aid Rohingya refugees.

    When I learned of the hardships of a family featured in the NYTimes (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/world/asia/myanmar-rohingya-refugee-crisis-malaysia.html?_r=0), I set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise donations for the family. Two of the family’s children attend the School of Peace in Penang. I try to keep in touch with the donors to the campaign and would like to offer them the link to your blog page on the school in the event that they would like to make a contribution. I assume this is okay, but wanted to let you know in case there are any issues I should be aware of and to give you the chance to enhance the donation page if you had wanted to.

    Please reach out to me if you would like to be in touch!

    1. Yes – they can see the latest at RohingyaFund.org. Donations can be made there. Soon I hope to have 501c3 status and then people can make tax free donations.

      Thanks for posting – I’m sorry for such a late response. -Laura

  2. Hi Laura,
    I am interested in the School of Peace. I would like to email or meet up and learn more about it and possibly volunteer two days a week. I am a secondary school teacher who is currently homeschooling my two girls.

  3. Hello Miss Laura.
    I am Cherlanne and currently studying at Malaysia Northern University, Kedah. I am planning a program for my coursework. After reading your blog, I am interested to do a volunteer program with Peace School. This program aim to expose the student with different environment and I find that engaging them with Peace School will gave them a great valueable experience in their life. I am looking forward for your response and I hope that you could email me.
    Thank you.

  4. Hi Laura,

    I just read your excellent post about taxes in Italy.

    Is your estimated tax of 5k to 8k based off of pulling out 80k per year from you 2 million? Have you also factored your American tax burden into this?

    Do you have a name of a tax person who I could hire to do a predict tax situation?

    We are thinking of moving to Italy here in a few years, but I, too, am trying to figure out my potential tax liability.

    Thanks in advance,

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