Taking over New Engineering Teams/Orgs

Mountain View, CA

July 18, 2018
SPEAKERS (6)
Raylene Yung
Head of Payments @ Stripe
Krishna Bhagavan
GM, Alexa Reminders @ Amazon
Jocelyn Goldfein
Managing Director @ Zetta Venture Partners
Michael White
Head of Engineering @ Caviar, Square
Mike Riccio
Director of Engineering @ Google
Lei Yang
VP & Head of Engineering @ Quora
ATTENDEES (222)
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Aarti Kumar
Head of Partner Engineering & API Platform Product @ LinkedIn
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Alain Ayoub
Software Engineering Manager @ Google
ADM
Alessio Della Motta
Software Engineer @ Google
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Alexander Steshenko
Engineering Manager @ Upwork
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Alfonso Chartier
Senior Engineering Leadership @ ConsenSys
AS
Ali Sharifi
Software Engineering Manager, Digital Experience Solutions (DXS) @ Apple

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AGENDA
Check-in & food
06:00 PM - 06:50 PM
    Opening remarks
    06:50 PM - 07:00 PM
      Keynote
      07:00 PM - 07:20 PM
      • Lei Yang , VP & Head of Engineering @ Quora
      What I've learned taking over engineering teams of different sizes
      Taking over a team can be an intimidating experience, and the challenges vary given the team's size. Throughout her career as an engineering manager at companies like Google and Quora, Lei has stepped up to lead multiple teams with sizes from 5 to 100. In this talk, she will share her experiences and ideas for how to make the process less scary for you and more effective for your team.
      Panel discussion
      07:20 PM - 08:00 PM
      • Raylene Yung , Head of Payments @ Stripe
      • Krishna Bhagavan , GM, Alexa Reminders @ Amazon
      • Jocelyn Goldfein , Managing Director @ Zetta Venture Partners
      • Michael White , Head of Engineering @ Caviar, Square
      • Mike Riccio , Director of Engineering @ Google
      Success & failure stories, and the epiphany moments behind them
      Breakout Session & Networking
      08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
        SPEAKER BIOS
        Raylene Yung
        Head of Payments @ Stripe
        Krishna Bhagavan
        GM, Alexa Reminders @ Amazon

        Krishna is currently GM @ Amazon leading Alexa reminders program. Prior to Amazon, he has held Director of Engineering roles at Eventbrite and Yelp. His career has spanned hands-on, startup founder, and engineering leadership roles across a wide variety of products.

        Jocelyn Goldfein
        Managing Director @ Zetta Venture Partners

        Jocelyn Goldfein is a Managing Director at Zetta Venture Partners where she invests in the intelligent enterprise - early stage startups applying AI to solve business problems. She's particularly excited about the potential of AI to optimize infrastructure, security, supply chains, and worker productivity. Jocelyn is a widely recognized industry expert on product strategy, infrastructure, and organizational scale. Her career as an engineering leader spans from early-stage startups to high-growth years at Facebook and VMware. During her tenure at Facebook, she helped convert News Feed to Machine Learning and spearheaded the transition to a ‘mobile first' product organization. As an early engineer at VMware, she built core virtualization technology and ultimately created and led VMware’s Desktop Business Unit. Jocelyn also and leadership roles at startups Datify, MessageOne and Trilogy/pcOrder. Jocelyn has a passion for STEM Education and serves on the board of Harvey Mudd College and lectures at Stanford University, where she received her BS in Computer Science.

        Michael White
        Head of Engineering @ Caviar, Square

        Michael White leads engineering for Caviar, Square’s food ordering platform. Prior to Caviar, he managed engineering teams building Square's payments, point of sale, and hardware products. Michael has a passion for building high-performing teams, helping small businesses grow, and enjoying craft cocktails.

        Mike Riccio
        Director of Engineering @ Google

        Mike Riccio is a Director at Google on an unannounced project. Prior to joining Google, Mike was the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Zoosk, where he led a migration from a monolithic application hosted in private data centers to a containerized set of cloud services, enabling continuous self-service code deployment for engineers. Prior to joining Zoosk, Mike served as the Vice President of Engineering and Architecture at the global interactive entertainment company Electronic Arts (EA). During his time at EA, Mike helped spearhead a radical shift in how EA’s customers accessed video games—the evolution from packaged goods to an always-on, cross-platform, social system. Before his time at EA, Mike provided architecture vision and leadership to various enterprises and co-founded Pogo.com, the top-ranked online casual game destination worldwide that was later acquired by EA. He has an MS in Information Networking and a BS in Applied Math and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Outside the office, Mike likes to tinker with home automation, play poker, and do all things Disney with his family.

        Lei Yang
        VP & Head of Engineering @ Quora

        Lei Yang is VP of Engineering at Quora where she currently leads all engineering teams. Prior to this, she led and managed the feed ranking and content distribution team, and oversaw Quora's machine learning engineers guild.

        Before joining Quora, Lei grew and managed several engineering teams at Google such as the Google Now recommendations, Google+ personalization, and Google Ads Quality teams. She has 10 years of experience in machine learning and is passionate about its application across different fields, such as data mining, personalization, content recommendation, and spam detection. Lei holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.