Decode the Career Path to VP of Engineering

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KEYNOTE: The Fast Track to VP of Engineering (VPE)

  • Wade Chambers, EIR @ Greylock, former VP of Engineering @ Twitter

"In my experience, engineers like to understand cause and effect so they can focus on being efficient. As most engineering managers were engineers, the need for causal impact persists in the new role. In my 25+ of years of experience, including being a VP of Engineering at both public and private companies, I have invested a lot of time to link principles, competencies, and the focus areas that help grow ICs into EMs into amazing VPEs. I would like to present some of these lessons learned the hard way in hope they can accelerate your career and help you avoid the 'trial and error' approach that is so prevalent in today's market" - Wade

PANEL: Aha Moments and the Mindset Shifts behind Them

• Daniel Portillo, Talent Partner @ Greylock (Moderator)

• Scott Shumaker, VP of Engineering @ Credit Karma

• Jessica McKellar, Founder & CTO @ Pilot, former Director of Engineering @ Dropbox

• Soren Harner, VP of Engineering @ Mulesoft

• Nik Koblov, VP of Engineering @ Affirm

AGENDA:

• 5:30 PM - 6:20 PM: Check-in & food

• 6:20 PM - 6:30 PM: Opening remarks

• 6:30 PM - 7:10 PM: Keynote by Wade Chambers

• 7:10 PM - 7:20 PM: Hiring pitch

• 7:20 PM - 8:10 PM: Panel discussion

• 8:10 PM - 9:00 PM: Networking

SPEAKER BIOS:

Wade Chambers

Wade is currently EIR @ Greylock. He is a renowned engineering leader in Silicon Valley, who has held multiple VPE positions (Twitter, TellApart, Yahoo, Opsware, AOL, etc). His podcast episode - The Art of Interviewing 10x Engineers is the most popular one among all podcasts by Greylock.

Daniel Portillo

Dan is Talent Partner at Greylock. Previously, he was VP of Success & Engagement at Rypple, and VP of Organizational Development at Mozilla, creators of Firefox. Earlier in his career Dan spent a decade building out successful early-stage, venture-backed consumer and enterprise companies. Dan also served as a Council member for Code2040.org, a non-profit creating opportunities for underrepresented minorities in tech.

Scott Shumaker

Scott has spent the last 15+ years building consumer tech products at scale. His career has spanned hands-on, startup founder, and engineering leadership roles across a wide variety of products. More recently, he was at Google, leading mobile teams on the Google+, Hangouts, and Photos apps as well as spearheading a variety of new product efforts at YouTube. Since 2015, Scott has been VP of Engineering at Credit Karma.

Jessica McKellar

Jessica is a founder and the CTO of Pilot, a bookkeeping firm powered by software. Previously, she was a founder and the VPE for a real-time collaboration startup acquired by Dropbox. Before that, she was a computer nerd at MIT who joined her friends at Ksplice, a company building a service for rebootless kernel updates on Linux that was acquired by Oracle. Jessica is also a former Director for the Python Software Foundation and PyCon North America's Diversity Outreach Chair. Fun fact: Jessica is a technical advisor to the HBO show Silicon Valley.

Soren Harner

Soren is vice president of engineering at MuleSoft, provider of the leading platform for building application networks. Prior to MuleSoft, Soren held executive leadership roles at Atlassian, Vignette and BigCommerce.

Nik Koblov

Nik is a financial engineer who pioneered a number of tech innovations on Wall Street during his 15+ year career at Goldman Sachs. Nik is passionate about the cross-section of finance and technology. He has recently moved from NYC to SF and brings his passion to Affirm Banking Platform, with the mission of building modern and transparent financial technology solutions for Affirm's consumers, merchants and investors.

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CTO @ Yammer

Scott has spent the last 18+ years building consumer tech products at scale. His career has spanned hands-on, founder, and engineering leadership roles.

Scott is currently CTO at Yammer, originally a category-defining startup but now a business unit within Office365 at Microsoft.

Prior to Yammer, Scott was the first VP of Engineering at Credit Karma, where he helped lead the company through hypergrowth and scale from 100 to 500+ engineers in just over 3 years.

Previously, Scott held a variety of leadership roles including: tech lead and manager of multiple teams at Google (G+ iOS, Hangouts iOS, Google Photos mobile, YouTube Gaming and more), serial startup cofounder, and AAA game development lead in the PS2/PS3 console era.

Founder, CEO, Data Scientist @ Permaling

Soren is vice president of engineering at MuleSoft, provider of the leading platform for

building application networks. Prior to MuleSoft, Soren held executive leadership roles at

Atlassian, Vignette and BigCommerce.

Head of Banking @ Affirm

Nik is a financial engineer who pioneered a number of tech innovations on Wall Street during his 15+ year career at Goldman Sachs. Nik is passionate about the cross-section of finance and technology. He has recently moved from NYC to SF and brings his passion to Affirm Banking Platform, with the mission of building modern and transparent financial technology solutions for Affirm's consumers, merchants and investors.

Former Talent Partner @ Greylock Partners

Dan is a former Talent Partner @ Greylock. Previously, he was VP of Success & Engagement at Rypple, and VP of Organizational Development at Mozilla, creators of Firefox. Earlier in his career Dan spent a decade building out successful early-stage, venture-backed consumer and enterprise companies. Dan also served as a Council member for Code2040.org, a non-profit creating opportunities for underrepresented minorities in tech.

Founder and CTO @ Pilot

Jessica is a founder and the CTO of Pilot, a bookkeeping firm powered by software. Previously, she was a founder and the VPE for a real-time collaboration startup acquired by Dropbox. Before that, she was a computer nerd at MIT who joined her friends at Ksplice, a company building a service for rebootless kernel updates on Linux that was acquired by Oracle. Jessica is also a former Director for the Python Software Foundation and PyCon North America's Diversity Outreach Chair. Fun fact: Jessica is a technical advisor to the HBO show Silicon Valley.

CTO & SVP of Engineering @ Grand Rounds

Wade oversees all aspects of engineering and technology innovation at Grand Rounds. With more than 25 years of engineering leadership experience, he has deep technical domain expertise and a successful track record of scaling teams and leaders, market-defining technology innovations, and business growth for companies of all sizes including Twitter, TellApart, Yahoo, and Opsware.

Before Silicon Valley, Wade served in the military and the White House Situation Room.

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1/18/2018 - Decode the Career Path to VP of Engineering...

Agenda
5:30 PM - 6:20 PM PST
Check-in & food
6:20 PM - 6:30 PM PST
Opening remarks
6:30 PM - 7:10 PM PST
Keynote by Wade Chambers
Wade Chambers
CTO & SVP of Engineering @ Grand Rounds
7:10 PM - 7:20 PM PST
Hiring pitch
8:10 PM - 9:00 PM PST
Networking
Discussions
January 18, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM PST
Affirm
633 Folsom Street. 7th floor, San Francisco, CA
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Jerry Li
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