Panel discussion - best practices and anti-patterns

about the speakers

Wade Foster

CEO & Co-founder @ Zapier

Wade Foster is the CEO and co-founder of Zapier, a workflow automation tool used by over a million people to connect the work apps they use every day. Prior to Zapier, Wade worked as a customer development lead for The Idea Works, Inc. in Missouri. He is an alumnus of Y Combinator and has degrees in industrial engineering and business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Dana Lawson

VP of Engineering @ Github

Dana Lawson is Vice President of Engineering responsible for leading 25+ engineers as part of our platform engineering group covering DevOps, site reliability, and data services, in addition to the core product shared services. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a systems engineer and has technical skills spanning multiple disciplines. Throughout her career, she has led many different teams and worn many hats to complement a product’s lifecycle. With a true passion for people, she brings this mix of technology and fun to her leadership style.


Tim Olshansky

VP of Engineering @ Zenput

At Aconex, Tim has built an engineering team across 4 regions in 8 offices of about 200 people and growing. Their offices are distributed, and within regions, some of our teams are themselves distributed.


Dave Camp

Chief, Core Products @ Mozilla

As SVP of Firefox, Dave Camp leads the global team of engineers that build, test and ship the Firefox family of products and services. He’s responsible for making sure everything is on time and high quality. Dave joined Mozilla in 2006 to work on Gecko, building networking and security features and was a contributor to the release of Firefox 3. After a short stint at a small startup, he came back to join the Firefox Developer Tools team. He led the Developer Tools team through its first major release and the introduction of its mobile inspection tools, including remote debugging and responsive design visualization tools. Dave became Director of Engineering, Firefox with the task of developing engineers and managers’ capabilities, improving core product quality, and cementing the team’s reputation as a world-class product engineering organization. The team launched Firefox Quantum, incorporating major improvements in speed, stability, security, multitasking and customizability in 2017. Prior to joining Mozilla Dave worked at Ximian and maintained Nautilus, the central file manager for GNOME, the most popular desktop environment for Linux. He also served on the GNOME Foundation’s board of directors. In his spare time, Dave plays thrash metal guitar for his children at their home in the Pacific Northwest.


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