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