Transparency: the Myth of the Under Promise, Over Delivery by Jeremy King, Cathy Polinsky

Many people have heard early in their careers that the secret to success and career growth is to "under promise and over deliver". In reality though, this can be a disaster for your team, your flexibility, and your credibility. The power of transparency will get far more out of your teams, budget, and cross functional relationships, and empower you to sidestep IT blackholes, and pivot quickly when life throws you challenges (like a global pandemic). It also more quickly develops trust and scales leaders in the process. In this fireside chat, Pinterest’s Head of Engineering, Jeremy King will share his experiences leading the largest and fastest growing organization at Pinterest, in addition to lessons from years running teams at Walmart, eBay and startups.

about the speakers

Jeremy King

SVP of Engineering @ Pinterest

Jeremy King is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Pinterest, where he leads the company’s technical direction and oversees the entire Engineering team building deeply technical products, platforms and machine learning systems. Previously, he was the CTO of Walmart, where he led the digital transformation effort of the company including customer technology, merchant technology and supply chain technology that covered all Walmart U.S. stores and eCommerce. Prior to that, King was Executive Vice President of technology at LiveOps, and Vice President of engineering and software development at eBay. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from San Jose State University, and is an advisory board member for the CTO Forum, an organization that brings together senior leaders across the technology industry to collaborate on key issues and accelerate innovation across organizations.


Cathy Polinsky

Former CTO @ Stitch Fix

Cathy Polinsky is a technology executive with over 20 years of industry experience. She was most recently the CTO at Stitch Fix, an online personal shopping service. She joined in 2016 prior to the Stitch Fix IPO and led the Engineering, Product and IT organizations through rapid growth. Prior to Stitch Fix, Cathy led a variety of engineering organizations and initiatives at Salesforce. She also built robust, large-scale systems and led engineering teams at Oracle, Yahoo! and Amazon. She is currently a board director at Aetion, a real-world evidence healthcare tech company. Cathy graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in cs and is a member of the Swarthmore Board.


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