Out of Office Hours

Creating dialog between newcomers and people working in the tech industry.

Who you are

You may be in school, thinking about getting into the industry, or struggling with your first tech job. Perhaps you don’t have the opportunity to go to university or college and you’re wondering if technology is a potential career path. Perhaps you don’t identify with a lot of the people you see in tech and you’re wondering if tech will be a rewarding space for you.

Who our volunteers are

We’re founders, designers, and engineers. Some of us work at large companies and some at smaller, established companies. We won’t pretend to have answers or advice for you, but we will try our hardest to relate, and share some of our experiences. Like you, many of us took the traditional university route to the tech industry, and many of us are self-taught.

How do you talk to someone?

We ask that you fill out a brief questionnaire. This let’s us learn about you and prevents Out of Office Hours from being first-come first-served. We recognize our privilege and would prefer to elevate voices that are diverse around people of color, gender identity, sexuality, and class.

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How does Out of Office Hours work?

Every month we update this site with a group of people volunteering to video chat or meet you in person. We try to have a diverse selection of volunteers because we believe there’s a place for everyone in tech. Having role models you can relate to is important.

August 2017 Volunteers

Joshua Sierles Developer, designer, copywriter and strategist at nextjournal.com

Joshua takes a holistic approach to tech work, taking the opportunity to work on anything from copy to design to programming. He now works on a modern scientific research platform at nextjournal.com and builds mobile apps in React Native. He's taken a radical path through tech, working from multiple countries in multiple languages, and has worked 100% remotely for the last 10 years from southern Spain. Previously, he worked as a security consultant, a sysadmin at companies like Basecamp and Engine Yard, built a free flamenco classes site (tomaflamenco.com), built some React Native apps and authored tutorials for Pluralsight. He's worked on numerous open source projects, and participated heavily in the Ruby on Rails and React Native communities. You can talk to Joshua about anything, such as : - experiences working with all kinds of companies, from Silicon Valley startups, to corporate tax firms to the Spanish government - managing life while working remotely and traveling extensively - learning new skills while on the job - building a reputation through open source

Shrey Gupta Product Manager at Google

Shrey is a PM at Google working on Search Ads Quality. Previously he worked as a Software Engineer at YouTube/Google for 4+ years. Within these roles, he has worked on Machine Learning & Large Scale Distributed Systems. Before working full-time, he completed his MS in CS at Stanford and did his undergrad studies at IIT in India.

Chris Reade Partner Technology Manager, Actions on Google

Chris works for the Actions on Google platform helping run operations for developer support and the action review process. Before that, he was a 2015 Code for America Fellow in the city of Indianapolis where his team built a public-facing website for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Use of Force and Citizen Complaint data. His first tech job was as a consultant helping big companies make better software and make software better. Chris began programming in college, where he majored in Public Policy, as an agent based modeling developer for meme and flu research.

Joshua Söhn Product designer at Kontist

Joshua Söhn is a product designer at Kontist and a Design Advisor at Vossy Hotels. Formally, he was working as a Freelance Designer for various clients and agencies in Berlin and worldwide. You can talk to Joshua about freelancing, product design, front-end development, networking, getting clients and how to grow in a start-up.

Craig Wattrus Product Designer @ Braintree

Craig has worked in a number of industries from combatting counterfeit medicine on the African continent to big banking projects and has experience working for both startups and medium sized companies. You can talk to Craig about navigating your first design job, choosing a good starting point for your career, surviving as the only designer in your team, product design, interacting with clients and building a design team.

Audrey Yang Freelance UX researcher

After studying mechanical engineering and deciding not to be a mechanical engineer, Audrey decided to join Google in 2004 as an administrative assistant, since they were doing interesting and exciting things. While there she tried out a number of roles before discovering UX and transitioning to that team. She's worked on Google Apps, Sketchup, Maps, spent a year on assignment in Tokyo (working on Android, transit, and search results), and returned to California to work on Adwords Express, small and local business research in general, Google Offers, and Google Wallet. After almost 10 years at Google, she's spent the last 3 years freelancing. Ask Audrey is happy to talk about transitioning to UX without a UX background, UX research, international research, and anything having to do with the ocean.

Matthew Williams Staff product designer at Etsy

Matthew Williams is a staff product designer for Etsy, where he has worked for the last 3 years. He has mainly focused on anything to do with search on Etsy and the Etsy app experience. He worked for a few start ups prior to Etsy and a couple design studios/agencies before that. Feel free to talk to Matthew about anything related to digital product design. Sample topics: - The pro's and con's of working for small start-ups to large tech companies and how to navigate each. - How to start finding a good work/life balance. - Finding a job you love where you feel like you are adding something good to the world.

Adam Wood Founder, Bici Labs

I've founded and scaled several startups. My specialization is finding white space for new products, creating that product and then building a scalable team. I've worked with startups and Fortune 50s to create new products across dozens of industries. I feel comfortable talking about: Product, design, business, startups, product strategy.

Alex Tsai Engineering Lead @ PolicyStat

Alex Tsai is currently a Engineering Lead at PolicyStat (recently acquired by iContracts,) working remotely from Vancouver, BC. Alex is a product-minded developer with personal interests in helping students transition to working life in tech. Alex comes from a traditional Comp Sci degree background. Previously, he worked for a local company in Vancouver for many years, going from technical sales, to product analysis and then eventually becoming a developer to that. Prior to that, he also was at BlackBerry for the release of the first iPhone and Android. We all know how that worked out. :)

Matt Davey Senior Product Designer at 1Password

Matt Davey is senior product designer at 1Password, working across iOS, Android, a web app and a marketing site. Once upon a time he ran a digital product agency that built a photo cushion maker and worked with Microsoft, Nokia, Ecco Shoes and Burberry. You can talk with Matt about working remotely, relocating for a company, designing across platforms, any aspect of design or the morality of pineapple on a pizza.

John Saddington Founder, Writer, Indie App Developer, Dad, n00b Vlogger

Programmer for 18 years. Worked at a fortune 50 at 15 yrs old, was an exec at fortune 50 at age 25. Did non-profit for a few years. Got 2 masters degrees, one in education. Licensed marriage / pre-marriage counselor. I build startups, most failed, a few worked. I particularly love talking about transitions, helping people discover where they are meant to be and empowering them to be their very best selves. I love people and team dynamics and I particularly love mentoring new and younger leaders.

Amandeep Khurana Co-founder, CEO

Amandeep is the CEO of Cerebro Data, a company in the enterprise data analytics and security space that he co-founded in 2016. Formerly, he was one of the Principal Architects at Cloudera and worked with large customers on their data strategy. Prior to that, Amandeep did engineering at AWS. Amandeep has also co-authored a book on large scale systems, HBase in Action.

Cathay Bi Product Manager for Google Maps

Cathay is a product manager at Google, working to make Google Maps better for emerging markets. Formerly she developed tools for YouTube creators, led product marketing for wearables, and launched the first round smartwatch powered by Android Wear. As a violinist with a degree in art history, Cathay can talk with you about navigating an unconventional career path. You can also talk to her about leadership, product strategy, and how to build successful product teams.

Lauren Celenza Product Designer at Google Maps 🌍

Lauren is a designer at Google Maps, with a focus on improving experiences for people who live in developing markets. She was born and raised from a working class family in the Midwest of the US. She took a risk by going to design school and has worked for a number of agencies, start-ups, and big brands. She likes to use design as a tool to facilitate a more inclusive, conscious world. You can talk with Lauren about many topics–whether it's about designing for developing markets, translating research into design, listening, facilitating design across disciplines, design at scale, or building confidence.

Adrià Cruz Senior Project Manager at Typeform

I studied design and film production, then Management in London and came back to Barcelona to start my own Mobile Development studio, Lafosca. After 4 years of successful development, I needed more challenging stuff and accepted an offer from Typeform to be their Project Manager on their Creative Team. On the side, Co-founded Codeworks, an intensive JavaScript programming course. Skype Id adriacruz

Alison Groves Support/Marketing

Alison Groves started out in the music industry before shifting to tech. At her third startup now called Highrise, previously did support and biz dev at Zapier. Her interests lay in shifting the conversation from selling and growth to helping user achieve their goals and solve their problems.

Vinish Garg Content strategist, Product designer, Storyteller | vhite

Vinish works with product teams to ensure that the content aligns with the whole product life cycle for business goals and for the customer experience goals. Vinish founded ContentHug, and he owns a digital agency that won the agency partner title for Relayto. Vinish writes at Medium. You can talk to Vinish to refine or scope your business idea for validation, product design and UX, content strategy, or content marketing.

Dylan Blanchard UX Research Lead at Shopify

Dylan Blanchard is a ux researcher at Shopify where he helps teams better understand the world Shopify's merchants operate in. He also helps to figure out how a team of 15+ researchers can do their best, most impactful work. Chat with Dylan about what ux research is, how to get started in the field, why your organization needs ux research, and anything else that's loosely related to pizza.

Janine Yorio CEO/Co-Founder, StayAwhile

Janine built her career at the cutting edge of hospitality, first in private equity, where she worked with Ian Schrager's Morgans Hotel Group and then with Standard Hotels. More recently, she has co-founded two venture-backed startups in the hospitality space, including StayAwhile, a membership model for housing that combines accommodations with logistics services and allows people to live in multiple places without maintaining multiple residences. She can talk (for hours) about capital-raising and crossing over from bricks-and-mortar to the startup world. She graduated from Yale.

Igor Boshoer Co-founder, Linum.io / Film & VR Technologist

Creative technologist and entrepreneur with almost 10 years experience working across VR/AR, visual effects, and animation pipelines. I have spent a great deal of my career working in some of the top visual effects studios in New York City and San Francisco building studio technology. Past work experience includes Method Studios and Lucasfilm: Industrial Light & Magic.

Darin Dimitroff Product designer and founder at spacefarm

Darin Dimitroff is a technical product designer focused on front-end design systems. Darin is a self-taught designer who used to work in advertising and branding before moving to product. In the last few years, he has done work for tech startups (mostly US based), publications and larger corporations. He's currently designing a testing & certification platform used by NATO and the US Army. You can talk to Darin about running a small design business in Europe, the intersection of design and code, advocating the case for design systems, remote work, imposter syndrome and living in a place with a tiny design community.

Mina Jonsson Lead User Experience Designer at Yodle

I've nurtured a wide variety of iPhone/Android apps and websites from concept to launch for big and small brands in the categories of productivity, music, finance, lifestyle, shipping, and publishing. I've worked both client-side and at design and ad agencies. My current role at Yodle involves leading UX design and strategy for dental patient communication software as well as schedule management apps for field service businesses. I could never choose between form and function, because I love them both!

Daria Olivo Digital designer

Daria is a UX / UI designer with a strong focus on rapid prototyping, UI, and visual design. She's worked for some of the best-known agencies in London, as well as in house at Unilever and John Lewis, designing standalone and integrated websites, intranets, microsites, interactive maps, and apps. She's also a UX and Visual Design instructor at General Assembly

Paige Pauli Product Designer @ Palantir Technologies

Paige is currently a member of the product design team at Palantir in Palo Alto and loves the challenges that come along with enterprise software. She has taught with General Assembly, Girl Develop It, AppCamp4Girls, and other organizations. You can talk to Paige about product design, diversity and inclusion, CSS, education, "soft skills" coaching, running small-scale startups, developing and executing large-scale product visions.

Tim Cruickshank Product Designer

I'm a Senior Product Designer at ustwo Sydney. I come from a more traditional print/branding design background. I studied visual communication in Melbourne 5 years ago and have slowly moved my way into digital product design. My role now is part design facilitation, and part design craft. I run a product meetup group in Sydney called Product of SYD.

Alicia Hurst Product Manager

After winning a startup hackathon in as a product leader, Alicia got the guts to dive head first into her first product management role at a startup called PowerToFly. Prior to that, she was a freelance web designer and front end developer for many years, helping fledgling companies launch their web presence. She is self-taught in UX, design, HTML, CSS/Sass, WordPress, SQL, and many other things. You can talk with Alicia about product management, web development, mentorship, startups, and working remotely.

Kathy Baxter Principal User Researcher @ Salesforce

Kathy is the co-author of "Understanding your users." She has worked at Salesforce since October 2015. Previously, she was a UX Researcher at Google for over 10 years. In addition to user research, she was also the Global UX Infrastructure Manager, overseeing the research labs, recruiters, tools, and resources. Prior to that, she worked at eBay & Oracle as a Sr UX Researcher. You can follow her writing on Medium at https://medium.com/@kathykbaxter. You can talk to Kathy about user research, research ethics, research methods, UX infrastructure, diversity, AI research, and job interviews.

Shaun Moynihan Designer, Creative Lead

Shaun Moynihan is an product designer and Creative Lead at Scout, a product development studio. Previously, Shaun worked with companies like OpenTable, Grooveshark and Creative Market. You can talk with Shaun about the various facets of design, working with startups, and networking.

Jakob Heuser Head of Core Experience, Pinterest

Jakob is currently an engineering leader at Pinterest, and was formerly an engineering manager and principal developer at LinkedIn. Jakob's always open to talk about engineering, diversity, startups, UI development, and engineering leadership.

Ron Bronson Service Designer, Speaker on Digital transformation

Ron Bronson is the author of "Web Management for Regular People," a frequent speaker at conferences for design, UX and digital around the world. He's currently service designer & front-end developer for the City of Bloomington, Indiana. Previously, he's led digital strategy for a host of complex, late-adopter institutions like universities; launching a host of products in slow-moving, high-matrix, bureaucratic entities. He's also worked with agencies as both a staff member and consultant at his own consultancy, Starship. You can talk with Ron about working in tech outside of the startup scene; how to market your skill set; positioning yourself (or your product); or something else related to career positioning.

Glenn Gonda Software Engineer at Rockbot

Glenn Gonda is a Fullstack Software Engineer at Rockbot and broke into tech from a non-traditional background. He has volunteered at Hack Reactor, Hackbright Academy, Code2040, and has made contributions to NodeJS. Prior to becoming a software engineer, he was a recording studio engineer and has credits with artists such as Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar. You can chat with Glenn about frontend development, mentorship, switching careers, coding bootcamps, networking, and the job search.

Amelia Petrovic Product Designer at Stitch Fix

Amelia is a principal product designer at Stitch Fix. Trained between California and Milan, she believes interfaces can be both pragmatic and beautiful. Formerly, worked in an agency designing across a broad variety of industries: allowing people better access to healthcare, finding the perfect recipe, decorating their apartment, and more. Amelia is happy to talk all things design/interface, or help tackle more specific areas like how to hone your technical skills, presentation skills, or have difficult conversations with clients/stakeholders/peers.

Hannah Zachritz Head of Product

Head of Product at Wiivv Wearables and an advisor of education-tech companies. Formally, Hannah was a Product Manager at Chegg, and a Product Manager and Sales Manager at Uversity. You can talk to Hannah about Product Management, UX, strategy, and Business Development.

Diana Mounter Product Designer and leads the Design Systems team at Github

Formerly Diana was a Senior Product Designer at Etsy, Interaction Designer at Snapguide, and UX Designer at Vast.com. You can talk to Diana about design systems, user-centric design, scalable CSS, design facilitation, and team collaboration.

Alex Kehaya Founder

I'm the founder of ActionWins, a referral marketing software product that makes it super easy to add referral features to web and mobile apps. I'm a self taught full stack developer and an educator. I have 7 years of teaching experience and have taught every grade level k-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional development. I've worked with both startups and fortune 500s. If your interested in learning to code, SaaS, and entrepreneurship then I can help!

Alex Pate UI engineer at Kalo

Hey! 👋. I'm a London based UI engineer at Kalo. I mostly work on building internal tooling, including our design system. Before that, I wore several hats (as is the case with most startups) at another tech company in London: Pusher. Happy to talk about front-end development, UI engineering, design systems, startups, London life.

Sandra Macias Product Designer @ Hipbyte

Sandra Macias, is a product designer at @Hipbyte. Previously, Sandra was the Head of Design at Hackers/Founders Co-op. Also, worked as a contractor for Google in LatAm, reviewing and selecting featured apps for Google Play Store. You can talk with Sandra about design process, collaboration with engineering teams, career transition from Architecture to Product Design, networking, and tech communities.

Dave Bellous Co-founder / CEO

Hello. My name is David Bellous and I'm the CEO of Yellow Pencil. I've worked as a copywriter, technical architect, developer, Project Manager and leader in the tech industry, and a number of different places (cow herder, bike messenger, auto mechanic) in the non-tech world. I've sponsored and spoken at startup events. I've had the tremendous benefit of some great mentors and leaders in my life, and love the idea of simple conversations to share experience. I love stories, hearing and telling them.

Josephine Faraday Lead Designer

Josephine Faraday is a freelance lead designer. She is multidisciplinary, with nearly 20 years of experience in branding, front-end development (HTML/CSS), web and print design. Previously, she worked at ZAM/Wowhead as the lead designer and at FUNimation as the Senior Designer & Online Producer. She attended the Art Institute, but is self-taught. Feel free to ask her questions about design, being a woman in the industry, and working remotely.

Monica Georgieff Agile Marketing Director @KanbanizeInc

Two years ago, I did a full 180 from the world of publishing and joined Kanbanize, a SaaS platform for visual Kanban project management, as the first member of the Marketing department. We haven't stopped growing and experimenting ever since. We learned a lot on the way and I love sharing it with others on a similar journey. I am the author of the eBook "Lean and Agile Marketing with Kanban" (https://kanbanize.com/lean-agile-marketing-ebook/) and an international speaker on Lean and Agile Marketing topics.

Greg Christian Design @ Blast

Greg is a Designer @ Blast working on product, brand & marketing along with Andrew Gauer (Hi Andrew!). Previously he was Sr. Product Designer @ Acorns, a PayPal backed company. You can talk to Greg about Product Design, helping small teams & getting your foot in the door. 🍕🌴

Michael Lee Product Designer @ Sunrun

Michael is currently a Product Designer at Sunrun working on internal tools/consumer facing applications. Previously he worked with startups at CAL as a designer in residence where he attended college, worked at Google as a Design Producer, and worked on his own startups. Michael also likes to write on Medium and run workshops on prototyping (Flinto & Framer). You can talk to Michael about all things design, prototyping & product.

Victor Wu Product Manager @ GitLab

Victor Wu is currently a product manager at GitLab, a software collaboration tools startup. He has worked in foodtech (Grubhub), fintech (Enova, BMO Harris Bank), mobile communications (Bytemobile), and software consulting. You can talk to him about product management, data science, software engineering, startups, and remote work. Victor has a PhD in electrical engineering (University of Illinois). So you can also ask him about academia/research versus the business world.

Jean Hsu Eng Leadership consultant

Jean is an engineering leadership consultant who is passionate about sharing her people-centric leadership style with teams from small start-ups to larger companies. Having worked at Google, Pulse and most recently at tech start-up Medium, Jean brings a wealth of experience in both engineering and coaching to help you get the best out of your engineering team beyond the immediate product cycle or feature release. You can talk with Jean about engineering management, product development, hiring, and startups.

Buzz Usborne Design Lead

Buzz is a product designer, Founder of Prevue and currently Designer at Help Scout. Previously Lead Designer at Atlassian, UX Director at Campaign Monitor, Head of Product at Sendle and lead designer at Skype — he's also worked for design agencies in the UK and Australia. You can talk with Buzz about anything design related — but he's best at talking through finding your way in tech, moving from agency to client-side, growing teams and progressing in your design career.

Tim Kington Developer at Fog Creek, and Computer Science Instructor at Franklin University

Formerly a team lead at Sterling Commerce and an architect at Online Development, Inc. I have worked on everything from embedded systems to enterprise Java systems to full-stack web development. Right now I'm working on Gomix at Fog Creek, making it easy for anyone to create their own web applications.

Keith Kurson Engineer at Nava PBC

Keith Kurson is a self taught engineer, currently building government technology to scale at Nava PBC, focusing as a tech lead on Healthcare.gov. He was previously a Code for America fellow, serving the Mayors' Office of Operations in New York City, mostly building tools for social workers to better connect with and serve their clients. He's interested in chatting about front end development, building and designing for government, and LGBTQ issues in technology.

David Lee Seasoned IT Pro - Systems Admin, Global Management, M&A

With 7 years of Semi and Tech experience David has accomplished much in a short time. Designing and implementing system management technology, evaluating DR products and business continuity solutions to M&A activity at the global scale. His holistic approach optimized growth impact for the business and maintained a high level of customer service based upon his #1 Guiding Principle: Give more than you get. Since September of 2016, he has transferred his skills and hard work ethic to be a small business owner and content creator. You can trust that David will be your wingman if you're seeking a career in information technology - to follow your passion and live your D.R.E.A.M (Direct Reflection Expressing A Miracle).

Julia DeBari Design Educator

I have over 15 years of experience working in the industry and I have worked at startups, enterprises, agencies, an in-house designer, as well as a freelancer. I am self-taught in UX, but I regularly go to meetups, conferences, and networking events. I run 2 UX Meetups in San Francisco.

Gordon Tindall Product Design Lead at Kamcord

At Kamcord designed a live streaming service targeted at the mobile game market. Monetized live streams through virtual goods before "bits" on twitch were a thing. Currently helping people share their mobile life 15sec at a time. Formerly worked as a self-taught, solo product designer on two Q&A platforms: Trippy and Women.com; appraised hundred of millions in fine art; and ran a wholesale produce company.

Cat Noone Designer & Founder

Cat Noone is a product designer, and the founder and CEO of Iris Health. Her focus is on building products and technology that maximizes the way we connect and help others. Previously, she co-founded and was Chief Design Officer for Liberio, a freelancer, product designer at Prolific Interactive, heading up the design team for ADP Innovation Labs, head of iOS design at EyeEm, and design advisor for Onefootball. Aside from Iris, she is an advisor for Techstars, and loves side projects. She's co-creator of Stark, Lyra and Fold and author of Preggers Guide. You can talk with Cat about all aspects of design, product and company building, startups, leadership, mentorship, networking and more.

Bernardo de Seabra Software Architect, Big Data @ Yahoo!

Bernardo de Seabra has been with Yahoo! since the acquisition of BrightRoll in 2015 where he is responsible for the architecture of data infrastructure (pipelines and warehouses) that provides advertising products with analytics and reporting capabilities. He also led the systems integration effort post BrightRoll acquisition. Bernardo joined BrightRoll in 2011 where he was responsible for the big data infrastructure (analytics, reporting, billing). He lead the effort of re-architecting the infrastructure to scale to ~20TB per day and ~50B transactions per day, as well as establishing a technology roadmap in support of the company’s vision and product roadmap. Bernardo was also key in defining and implementing processes and best practices across engineering through the different stages of BrightRoll’s growth. From 2009 to 2011, Bernardo lead the backend development for all mobile games at Playdom, which was later acquired by Walt Disney. At Portugal Ventures, Bernardo evaluates startups’ pitches to assess potential investments. He is also an investor and board member at boomApp.co, an AR startup. Bernardo mentors at 500 Startups and Portugal Ventures to help startups assess and tackle their technical challenges, align their technology with business priorities, find a balance between premature optimization and scalability bottlenecks, and establish a technical vision. He provides specific expertise relating to ad tech, big data, architecture, distributed and highly scalable systems, databases, infrastructure, engineering team structure/growth and lean/agile execution. Lastly, he provides introductions to investors and other industry experts where appropriate. Bernardo received his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and was the recipient of the PSP Pinto/Fialon Scholarship.

Brandon Wood Senior Designer at Centene Corporation

Brandon Wood is a senior designer at Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company in the healthcare industry. Brandon has previously held design and marketing roles at small advertising agencies in the greater Boston area. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from Gordon College in Massachusetts. You can speak with Brandon about all mediums of design, as well as portfolios, networking, and working in ad agency and corporate settings.

Nicole Patton Manager of Desktop Engineering, Proskauer Rose LLP

Nicole Patton is the Manager of Desktop Engineering at Proskauer Rose, LLP. Formally, Nicole was an IT Manager at Lockheed Martin. Talk to Nicole about the journey for non-coders in the tech space (they do exist), achieving success in tech as a woman, career development, and engineering solutions that enhance client experience.

Cat Macaulay Head User Research & Service Design, Scottish Government

I'm a design ethnographer and user researcher currently working in government. I've spent most of my working life trying to make it easier for the people who have a problem that needs solved take part in solving it. Worked in business, community projects, international relief and academia. Now leading the development of the user research and service design profession in the Scottish Government. Our team's mission is to make sure that no public service is designed without service users being involved in defining the problem (design the right thing) and building the solution (design the thing right). Happy talking about user research, ethnography, service design and working in government. Also as a disabled woman and a lesbian happy to to talk about the issues we can face in the workplace. I passionately believe workplaces should be diverse and inclusive because it's the right thing to do and because it's better for the work!

Evan Knight Interaction Designer @ Google

Before Google, I founded Yodel, and was a Product Designer at GrubHub in Chicago. I focused on HCI Design at Cornell. I'd love to chat about design process, building products, founding a startup, working at a big company, staying sane and making decisions, tools/workflow, and interviewing.

James Sturtevant Developer Evangelist

James (@aspenwilder) works for Microsoft where he partners with developers to explore the latest technologies for the web and IoT.  Prior to Microsoft, he worked in the web development space for 10+ years working with startups and enterprises to improve the way they do business through technology. James is a regular speaker at local and national conferences and blogs at jamessturtevant.com. When he isn’t practicing his software craft James can be found running through the woods, climbing mountains, or hiking with his daughters.   You can hear more about my story at http://developeronfire.com/podcast/episode-199-james-sturtevant-masterminding-engagment

Carolyn Zhang Product designer @ Ueno.

Carolyn started "designing" in middle school, when she learned Photoshop to make banners and avatars for internet forums and her LiveJournal. Then she took a bit of a detour, studying computer science at MIT and trying engineering and PM internships—but she never felt quite comfortable doing either. She found her way back to design after graduation, by doing a design internship at Square and then "freelancing" (a.k.a. doing random work for friends). In 2015, she joined Ueno, a digital agency in San Francisco, as its first design hire. She moved to NYC (still at Ueno) in late 2016. You can talk to Carolyn about transitioning from engineering to design, how to "self-teach" design, mentorship, in-house vs agency work, mental health, crying at job interviews, and crying at work.

Travis Hines Previously Sr. Design Lead at Shopify

Travis Hines is now investing all of 2017 in becoming a better human, father, husband, and creative. He was a Sr. Design Lead at Shopify for 3.5 years, where he lead, created, and grew brand and marketing teams, and learned how to manage, communicate, and ship in a large organization. Before that he was the Creative Co-Founder of a product startup named Pilot (acquired by Shopify), and at Teehan+Lax led the design of Readability's mobile apps. He can help with product and marketing UX, portfolio prep and interviewing, branding, and entrepreneurship.

James Turnbull CTO @ Emaptico

I'm an engineer and author. Formerly CTO at Kickstarter, an early engineer at Docker & Puppet, VP of Engineering at Venmo, and the author of ten books on engineering, infrastructure, and operations. Leading/running teams, recruiting, scaling systems and people, systems architecture, deployment, operations, product process, product-market fit, and building customer success functions.

Wiki Chaves Product Designer

Wiki is a product designer currently working at Airbnb. He is originally from Buenos Aires and has worked as a digital designer in a variety of industries like eductaion, retail, advertising, and technology. You can talk with Wiki about product design, being an immigrant from Latin America or work/life balance. Outside of work, Wiki enjoys surfing and producing music.

Dan Driscoll Product Manager at HomeAway

Dan Driscoll is an Austin, TX-based entrepreneur and digital technologist. Technology startups counting him as a co-founder include: * reQwip.com, a local peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling sports gear * Prepify.me, an edtech startup offering free SAT and ACT prep online In 2015, Built In Austin included him on its list "50 Austin tech CEOs, founders, designers & hackers you should follow on Twitter." Prior to moving to Austin, Dan co-founded and directed City FC, an urban outreach nonprofit providing academic and soccer coaching to youth in Washington, DC. He has also worked for Expedia, Inc., EnviroMedia, The University of Texas, Universal Sports and NBCOlympics.com’s Emmy Award-winning team covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His writing, work and insights have been featured in publications such as The Economist, VentureBeat, Poets & Quants, Universal Sports, NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com, Austin Monthly, Bicycling Magazine, The Austin Statesman, The Los Angeles Times, Built In Austin, various local TV news segments and more. Dan received MBA and MA in Communication degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as BA degrees in Environmental Analysis and Politics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. In his spare time, Dan volunteers with organizations such as StartOut and shares bits of nonsense at Medium.com/@dbdriscoll and Twitter.com/dbdriscoll.

Rita Turkowski lead product marketing on the Xenko game engine at silicon studio, Inc.

I have worked at Apple, Intel, Unity, AMD and two start-ups to craft and execute go-to-market strategies for B2B video, graphics and gaming products mostly. I have been doing this since the early 90's. I have two tech degrees, which serves most of my work efforts quite well.

Scott Rocher Director of Product for Merchandising Engineering at Stitch Fix.

Scott Rocher has over a decade of experience crafting web and mobile products for consumers. With a background in software engineering, he has deep knowledge of eCommerce, email marketing, user experience, recurring payments for subscriptions, and shipping / logistics. At Stitch Fix, he works across the engineering and business team to help drive the evolution of merchandising tools and technology to meet the needs of our growing merchandising organization and client base. Previously he helped build products and teams at Blue Bottle Coffee, Tonx Coffee, and Yahoo.

Angus Woodman Co-founder of Crew (crew.co) and Unsplash (unsplash.com)

Angus Woodman is the (technical) co-founder of Crew and Unsplash. He has also worked on finance and data-mining startups, as well as being a tech consultant for larger companies. He has built product and engineering teams, and programmed in just about every web language. He's particularly interested in culture building, teaching, and the intersection of technology and business, having studied business and economics himself.

Mark Hall Sales Manager @ Google

Mark Hall is a technology expert with deep experience in the startup landscape and enterprise infrastructure. Currently, Mark serves a sales manager within Google's Cloud division. Prior to his 4+ years at Google, Mark worked across a number of tech startups doing sales, marketing and communications. He has contributed to industry publications including The Huffington Post, Business Insider, YFS Magazine and others. He also mentors and advises consumer and enterprise startups across the country.

Juan Rafael Lopez VP of UX at Validately

Engineer turned UX Designer. Started at an international 80K person companies and now running UX and Product for a 15 person startup.

Tim Herbig Head of Product at ORBIT Ventures

Formerly, I worked on the Premium product at XING (Germany's LinkedIn competitor) for both, web and mobile, as a PM. Prior to that, I tried to lift off a mobile platform for dog owners (failed) and have been responsible for one of Germany's biggest news apps. I mainly found my way into Product Management by simply writing a lot about it.

Ramon Davila Digital Expert @ McKinsey & Company

Ramon Davila is a self-taught technologist with 20+ years of experience driving successful software delivery in organizations of different sizes and across multiple industries. He had worked in many roles in the software development industry. From hands-on web development to enterprise architecture and leading and coaching high-performance organizations that leverage Agile/Lean practices. He currently works as an Agile architect and coach where his focus is on guiding developments organizations in the implementation of Agile/Lean Principles in a way that is better suited to their unique need and constraints. Specialties: Expertise on all aspect of the SDLC from project inception to iterative delivery, continuous testing, configuration management and continuous delivery. You can talk to Ramon about Cloud based SaaS systems, engineering practices, breaking into the software industry, all aspects of coaching organizations on the implementation and execution of agile and lean methodologies (Scrum, XP, Kanban, SAFe)

Stephan Ango Co-founder at Lumi

Stephan Ango is the Head of Product and co-founder of Lumi. Lumi was one of the very first Kickstarter campaigns back in 2009. The business has evolved organically towards a platform that today helps thousands of companies with their packaging needs. As a designer and programmer, Stephan leads both creative and technical direction of the company. He has a background in biology and industrial design, and enjoys talking about everything from building physical products, to fundraising, and developing the mental tools to stay positive in the stressful world of technology.

Adam Solove Platform Engineering Lead at StickerMule

I have a masters degree in Chinese poetry but somehow ended up as a programmer. I am self-taught, including some long digressions into academic/abstruse topics, but mostly focusing on web development for ecommerce. I've previously worked for a nonprofit, two stressful startups, and a big slow public company. But these days I have carved out a peaceful lifestyle working from home for a well-run, bootstrapped company. I currently lead the StickerMule platform team building our core ecommerce platform, from backend services to funnel optimization. I'm happy to talk about: getting more proficient in web development, making the jump from development to management, figuring out if a job is right for you, and finding a life outside of work.

Carolina Castellanos Product Designer

Carolina (has blue hair) is a product designer at Vineti. Formerly, Carolina was a visual designer at Franklin Templeton Investments and has worked as branding and packaging designer for pet treat products. You can talk to her about job interview process, breaking into product design role from a different background, being a product designer at an enterprise company, design sprints, color theory, being an immigrant, and hair color.

Andy Croll Freelance developer

I've worked both freelance & employed in small companies as well as a dark past in the graduate scheme for big IT. I mostly program in Ruby these days, but have strong HTML/CSS web standards background too. I've been through the VC startup machine as a founder (raised 500k USD) and been at the end of large startups too. I run brightonruby.com a UK-based Ruby conference and ltvconf.com a conference aimed as digital businesses not pursuing the VC route.

Jacob Ford Front-end Designer @ IB5k

Jacob graduated from NYU’s Gallatin school just last May, with a concentration in Ethics of Design, a concentration which he concocted. He’s now figuring out how to design interfaces for IB5k, and also helps curate a design museum in an elevator shaft called Mmuseumm. Talk to Jacob about not being an expert at something when you feel like you’re supposed to be.

Jared Jones Program Manager @ GitHub

Jared runs GitHub's Developer Program, enabling developers to build software with GitHub's REST and GraphQL APIs. He also leads a small, full-service digital agency called Santa Cruz Studios. Previously, Jared was responsible for running software development teams that built some of America's most important mobile banking applications. Prior to his work in FinTech, he managed a B2B digital advertising program at Google that was centered around the AdWords platform.

Sarah Drinkwater Head of Campus at Google

At Google, I head up Campus London, our first physical hub for early-stage entrepreneurs, where we offer best-in-class open access education like a baby-friendly startup school or growth mentoring. Alongside working with many first-time founders and new-to-tech types, I came into tech/startups after ten years working as a journalist and in advertising with two English lit degrees behind me. Before joining Google, I consulted for early stage startups on content and community, led the community function at Qype (acquired by Yelp) and started the Google Maps reviews community team.

Weston Karnes Freelance Product Designer

I’m a self-taught designer who’s primary interest is in creating functional, simple, elegant products that solve real problems. I've designed products for B2B (SaaS) companies, B2C startups, as well as clients such as Disney, Verizon, and Tribeca. Design encapsulates three interests of mine - problem solving, systems thinking, and aesthetics. I also teach design to incarcerated inmates at San Quintin Prison. For those who have a meeting with me, my google hangouts is wkarnes@gmail.com

Emily Paul User Researcher at Salesforce

Emily Paul is a user researcher on the Service Cloud UX team at Salesforce. Using a variety of research methods, she brings user-driven feedback and insights to product design and development. She recently completed her master's in information management and systems at UC Berkeley's School of Information. Prior to grad school she worked at a nonprofit book publisher and an international development think tank doing communications, fundraising, and technology project management. You can talk with Emily about user research, changing careers, and graduate programs.

Colin Keany Product Designer at GitHub

Colin Keany is a Product Designer with 7 years experience designing digital products for some of the world's top tech companies. He is currently working as a Product Designer with the incredible team at GitHub helping to solve the complexities of the developer workflow. Before that, he worked for MongoDB and DigitalOcean. He is happy to talk about really anything, whether it's about getting started as a designer, side projects and how cool/important they are or working remote.

Dave Dawson Founder and Designer at Cottleston Pie, a digital design studio in NYC

I started my design studio, Cottleston Pie, in 2012 after leaving my job as Principal Designer at Blue State Digital in Manhattan. I make websites and digital products for nonprofits, cultural institutions, and political campaigns. I started out in the industry as a front-end developer and eventually transitioned to focus on design. I'm currently on a year-long road trip, traveling the U.S.

Muhammad Elmelegy Senior Product Designer @ Zalando

Muhammad has been designing digital products for more than 7 years across 3 continents. From Cairo to Toronto to San Fran to Berlin. Formerly Senior Product Designer at Circletie, Product Design Lead for Instaradio and Lead Designer at Storenvy. At the moment he's building digital fashion experience at Zalando in Berlin. You can talk to Muhammad about many aspects of design, designing for mobile, prototyping and working in the startup world vs working in the corporate world.

Jess Chen UX Designer at eero

Halfway through my study in industrial design, I discovered that what I love about design is solving problems that will better my community. Since that discovery, I've worked to shape my career around problems and products I believe will make a positive impact on the world. Currently, I am a product designer at eero. You can talk to me about what it's like to transition from industrial design into software product design, working at a fast growing company, and the challenges of being the first designer on a growing team.

Melissa Mandelbaum Product Designer at Dropbox

Melissa Mandelbaum is a Product Designer at Dropbox. Formerly, Melissa was a Product Designer Director at Percolate. She’s an architect by training and loves drawing parallels between architecture and product design. Additionally, she loves helping people design their personal growth plans.

Elena Timofeeva Salesforce consultant at Fluido

Elena started her tech journey as a self-taught Linux admin (has a degree in biology), then moved to enterprise software consulting, worked for Russian government and Microsoft. A year ago she moved from Russia to Finland, having no idea if it's possible to land a job in IT consulting for a non-Finnish speaker. Since October 2016, she's been working as a Salesforce consultant wearing also hats of a business analyst, project manager and trusted adviser for her clients. You can talk with Elena about getting into the industry, being an immigrant, and any aspect of running enterprise projects.

Daniel Lee Product Designer

After getting a B.S. in Bioengineering, I was working as an engineer, designing medical devices. I was also doing wedding videography, which got me interested in creative work. This eventually led me to pursue UX/UI because I could solve problems for digital products. I had many doubts of becoming a designer, especially because I didn't have the traditional design background, but after going through a design bootcamp and building up a portfolio with actual clients, I'm now working as a designer. My other interests are bouldering, coffee and film photography! You can check out my Instagram (@shldrss)

Pete Hancock Former VP of Sales @ Yelp, currently on Sabbatical

Pete was employee #20 at Yelp and over the past 10 years helped build the company and Sales Org. You can chat with Pete about starting a career in Tech, scaling a company from 20 to 2,000, managing people & leading teams, working effectively cross-functionally, figuring out your business model, adapting your business model, selling your Product and building a Sales & Marketing machine. He is currently taking a break from work and traveling around the world.

Andy Vitale UX Design Principal, 3M Health Care

Andy Vitale is a UX Design Principal at 3M, where he translates people’s thoughts and desires, spoken or not, into experiences that improve the healthcare industry for both patients and providers. With more than 15 years of experience in the design industry, Andy has held multiple roles as a designer, entrepreneur, college professor and team leader. His experiences have taught him that a successful product hinges on one principle, truly understanding the end user. Andy has developed strategies and design solutions for diverse organizations ranging from startups to Fortune ranked companies. He is a relentless user experience evangelist, driven by a shared vision and user-centered passion that takes a team, and its products, from good to great. Aside from his primary role at 3M, Andy is also an adjunct professor for Kent State University’s User Experience Design graduate degree program.

Arturo Goicochea Designer at Microsoft Office

A self-taught designer working at Microsoft Office. He loves product thinking, prototyping, IA and interaction and is deep diving into JS and React. Originally from Lima, Peru, he studied Industrial Engineering and endured a few corporate jobs before making the switch to design.

Wayne Sang Product Manager at The Working Group

Wayne has over 9 years of professional design experience, including Jet Cooper (became Shopify Toronto), Uken Games, EventMobi, and more. He's currently a Product Manager at The Working Group, a digital consulting company. Wayne migrated into Product Management over the past 2 years, bringing in a healthy design background into it. He's still learning how to best leverage it while working in a different role. Wayne has a diverse background and has been self-taught for his whole career, but has been fortunate to meet great people in every role that have helped him along the way. He has endless thoughts on design, products, games, and finding your fit in the world.

JP Valery Product Marketing Manager @ Gameloft

I'm an hyperactive creative multitask polyvalent guy. Graduate with a Master of Science, my expertise fields are numerous and diverse : Marketing, Freemium, Social Media, Newsletters, Blogging and webzines,... I'm currently working @ Gameloft and running 2 indies magazine on the side. And I'm also a photographer.

Kevin David Crowe Product Designer @kevindavidcrowe

Digital Product Designer working the last decade in the startup space. NYC. Currently freelancing while traveling Europe. Fundera / GroupMe / CollegeHumor / BustedTees / Vimeo. I also specialize in Art Direction, Brand Identity and Illustration. I attended School of Visual Arts.

Mike Slagh Founder at Shift.org

I was on the US Navy bomb squad for 7 years before starting a company to help fellow veterans break into tech. In the Navy, I traveled to foreign countries to train militaries and police forces to safely disarm anything from improvised devices to nuclear weapons. Now, I'm showing this generation of veterans that the technical and operational proficiency they learned in the military can be a terrific asset to any tech company with shift.org.

Eric Hoekendorf Designer & Co-Founder at Foyyay, Inc.

Eric uses design and technology to meet needs. He's spent well over a decade nudging pixels, crafting unique experiences, directing product, and building teams. He imagines and organizes everything with a focus on emotion informed by data — drawing inspiration from the balance found in music between theory and feeling. He has product leadership and customer-focused design experience, as well as digital branding, agency-based client relationships.

Cansu Deniz Bayrak COO at Startupbootcamp IoT

Hiya, I run an IoT hardware programme in London. Political scientist by trade, worked in international human rights law (Council of Europe, Amnesty International, UN) until 2011. Did a U-turn and I started working in tech, mainly did business development and for the last 3 years been running programmes for startups, first in Istanbul and now in London. Happy to talk about anything incubation/acceleration, working with corporates, visas/immigration for tech workers, women in tech.

Meg M. Escobar People Operations, Women in Tech, Office Ninja

With a passion for cultivating culture and driving unique employee experiences, Meg is an Office Ninja with over a decade of experience in executive operations, office management, and event planning. In addition to being an office guru, she is an entrepreneurially minded Bay Area native, travel enthusiast, and crazy cat lady. She has an affinity for building relationships and has made it her life mission to empower and help everyone reach their full potential. Currently, she is the Head of People Operations at Pillow Global, Founder of Nesting Ninja, an Office Ninja Ambassador, and Founding Member of TechLadies.

Mitra Freelance Web Developer & Designer

Mitra Mejía is a freelance web developer and designer. Formally, Mitra has been lucky enough to work with very different companies, from large corporations to small startups. You can talk with Mitra about many aspects of design, programming, networking, and freelancing.

Chris Winn VP of Engineering @ Creative Market

Chris is a software engineer and manages an engineering team at Creative Market. Before that he was a tech lead at a major presidential campaign, PACs, and non-profits. You can talk to Chris about growing as a software engineer, interviewing, building teams, and growing companies.

Ranga Vadhineni Founder Localmint and CouponHunt

I am a Full Stack Developer( 10 years exp. ) based in Dublin, Ireland. I have previously built and launched products named www.localmint.com, www.couponhunt.co and www.leapchat.co Previously worked in Microsoft and Dell in Ireland.

David Matheson front-end developer at IBM Watson Health

I'm a self-taught front-end developer with a background in art and design. I volunteer as a teacher through ScriptEd, a non-profit in NYC that teaches programming classes in under-resourced schools. I've volunteered at non-profits aimed at digital literacy, improving socio-economic inequality via tech, and helping people make a career change (Digi-Bridge, Charleston Digital Corridor, Communities in Schools). Before working on the web, I also worked as a teacher in the United States and abroad.

Nathan Bashaw Co-Founder of Hardbound

I co-created Product Hunt, worked at General Assembly as a PM on a lot of fun products (most notably Dash.ga.co), and now am the CEO and co-founder of Hardbound. We're creating a new medium for visual storytelling. I love talking through startup ideas, product designs, and the future of media.

Simon Keane Product Designer at Starling Bank

Simon is a self-taught Product Designer with no formal education in the design industry. He is currently working at Starling Bank, designing a mobile-only banking app for iOS and Android. Previously, he worked with clients such as Google, Channel 4 and Memrise at the award-winning product design studio Ribot. You can chat with Simon about creating a portfolio that will stand out among the rest, and landing your first job in the industry.

Vince Law Product Manager, Coach, Consultant

Mechanical Engineer turned Tech/Management Consultant turned Product Manager. Most recently at General Assembly as head of the Product Management team. Currently coaching and teach aspiring+experienced PM and consulting with early-stage startups.

Pou Dimitrijevich Product Designer @ Smule

Pou (pronouced /poh/ like the poet) Dimitrijevich, is a digital product designer based in San Francisco, CA. Before joining Smule, Pou worked on mobile apps in health and wellness, online dating and B2C digital products. Feel free to chat Pou up about transitioning from print to web, networking as a first gen college grad and managing time–and teams–on a cross functional feature.

Matt Spiel Director of Design at Treehouse.

Matt Spiel is the Director of Design at Treehouse. He's been with Treehouse over 4 years spending time as a product designer, engineering manager, and now as a director. He believes very strongly in the power of being a generalist. You can talk to Matt about a variety of topics like remote work, being a multi-disciplinary designer, balancing family and work, design leadership, management, process, and failure.

Atif Azam Product Designer at Facebook

Atif is a software designer and developer with over a decade of experience building things on the internet. He's had the pleasure of designing for companies such as MongoDB, Paramount Pictures, CAFE.com, Microsoft, and many more. These days, he's interested in design systems and petting his dog, Chip on the head.

Abhimanyu Godara Founder/CEO of bottr.me

Abhimanyu is trying to simplify the way world works by re-building the web around people and entities instead of pages and urls through personal chat bots. Previously he managed portfolio investments @TLabs accelerator (worked with 40+ startups) / ex. strategy / Masters LSE & B.Tech IIT. Ask me about product, growth and strategy.

Dan Gold Freelance Frontend Web Developer, Photographer and Traveler

Previously, Dan was a frontend engineer at charity: water and was living in Brooklyn, NY. Before entering the nonprofit world, Dan worked at a small creative agency in Philadelphia, PA, as a swiss-army knife web developer. Now, Dan travels the world with Remote Year while contracting work for amazing clients. He writes perfect CSS with no bugs, travels frequently, runs marathons and takes photos.

Abadesi Osunsade Founder

Abadesi Osunsade is founder of Hustle Crew, a career development platform empowering underrepresented groups into senior leadership positions. Formerly, Abadesi has worked in growth oriented roles at Groupon, Amazon and HotelTonight. You can talk with Abadesi about biz dev, marketing, networking and how to get your dream job in the startup world.

Goutam Dey VP Technology

I started my career in IT in 1992 moved to web tech in 1998 and since working on it as my day job.

Tim Cheadle Senior Engineer at General Assembly

Tim is a senior software engineer at GA, a former SRE at Google, and has held various CTO and lead developer roles. He also owned a software consulting business for the last six years. You can talk to Tim about many aspects of engineering, management, remote work, and working at and for companies of various sizes. He is excited about helping people identify and pursue their values as well as nurturing a seed of confidence in themselves.

Daryl Chymko Software Developer (Freelance)

I'm a web developer with a passion for social impact. My work has mainly been as an independent freelancer but I've also worked for startups and large consulting companies. My engineering experience is primarily in the backend, database and DevOps side of things, but I dabble in other areas of the stack too. I'm located in Western Canada and have designed a flexible work-life balance that allows me to pursue a life filled with adventure and travel.

Victoria Stoyanova Community Strategist

Victoria's work is focused on connecting people, ideas and spaces in new ways. Previously regional manager at Techstars and head of community and culture at Second Home, she now runs Malleable - a practice dedicated to community strategy and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has spent the last decade building communities and has had the chance to work with the likes of the BBC, Microsoft Ventures, Hyper Island and the Victoria & Albert museum. She's also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and runs the London chapter of CreativeMornings.

Aayush Iyer Senior Product Designer at Twilio

Aayush is an experienced designer and front-end developer who approaches products from a growth perspective. His interdisciplinary approach is informed by his past experience as a journalist, copywriter, product manager, and creative director.

Abhishek Bhattacharya Student. Developer. Entrepreneur. Writer.

Abhishek Bhattacharya has been a developer since high school, and a Writer and an Entrepreneur since college. Technology is kinda his life. So, go ahead, Ask Him Anything! :-)

Robleh Jama Senior product manager @ Shopify

Robleh Jama is a Senior Product Manager at Shopify, a commerce platform for entrepreneurs, built by entrepreneurs. Previously, Robleh founded an award-winning mobile product studio called Tiny Hearts that was acquired in 2016 by Shopify. At Tiny Hearts, Robleh launched several highly regarded apps including Next Keyboard (#2 overall), Quick Fit (featured in an Apple commercial, #1 Health), Wake Alarm (#1 Utilities) and Pocket Zoo (#1 Education). These apps have been downloaded over 6 million times and have appeared in the New York Times and Wired Magazine.

Patrick Lewis Head of Design @ Button

Patrick started two companies in school before dropping out and joining Techstars NYC. After Techstars he founded a small product design shop with clients like Aviary, Hailo, and Dash. In 2014, Patrick joined Button as Head of Design where he's focused on creating the best place for designers to do their best work. When not at Button, he mentors startups and young designers through Techstars, ERA, and Startup Institute. Patrick would love to chat about getting started as a designer, freelancing, being the first designer at a company, design management, designing two-sided marketplaces, and starting companies.

Saul Fleischman CEO @RiteKit: a suite of four SaaS productivity tools

I bootstrapped Tagbag into RiteTag into RiteKit (a suite of four SaaS products for social media ROI) over the last five years. Still with the original co-founders, we have a team of over 25, an office in Prague, and doubled staff in the last year. You can ask Saul about getting into the best possible internship or job in a startup, as well as founding and building companies, bootstrapping vs. fundraising, product design, recruiting, and launching products.

John Doherty Founder/Digital Marketer

John Doherty is a professional digital marketer turned software entrepreneur. After working with and in some of the largest companies in the world as well as some of the coolest startups to help them build their SEO and growth channels, John started his own company at GetCredo.com, which is a platform to connect businesses with vetted digital marketers. You can speak with John about SEO, growing a digital marketing/growth function within your company, getting into freelancing, and the challenges (and joys) of being a solo semi-technical entrepreneur.

Jason Crawford Co-Founder & CEO, Fieldbook

Jason is co-founder & CEO of Fieldbook, a seed-stage technology startup. In the past he's been startup CTO, dev manager, PM and engineer. Cool things he's done include co-founding Kima Labs (sold to Groupon) and running the Landing Page Optimization team at Amazon. You might ask him about startups, technology, or general career advice.

Silvia Tomanin Product Manager, Web + Open Data

Silvia is a web engineer and product owner with around 8 years of experience in web development, infrastructure and product management. She is particularly interested in UX, interaction design, data visualization and open data. She has experience in web products (re)designs, migrations and technical projects involving in-house or distributed teams in international cross-cultural environments. She has been working for research institutes such as CERN , non-profit such as Doctors Without Borders, digital agencies and as a consultant.

amanda russell Product Manager at Food52

Amanda currently works as the Product Manager for a media and e-commerce company that has a website, an iOS app, and a robust email program. Before this, she was the User Experience Lead for a full-service digital agency, specializing in responsive web. In the more distant past, she was a User Experience Designer, and before that, she did 4-5 years of federal and state technology consulting with companies like Deloitte. She's worked in companies from 50 people to over 100,000; public and private sector; and in most of the SDLC. You can talk to Amanda about product and user experience, being a woman in technology, and other stuff about tech.

Veronica Domeier Freelance Designer

Veronica is a freelance designer & full-time mom living in Texas. She has been freelancing for a decade with clients large and small, her favorite clients are small–mom and pop businesses. She has worked with HoltCat, Edwards Aquifer, KFernandez & Associates, The U.S. Airforce, Earth Mom and others. Veronica would love to speak with you about freelancing, design, mentorship, and even the challenges of freelancing with kids at home.

Christopher Skillicorn Designer

Christopher is a self-taught designer focused on product, who runs a one-man design shop. He started off working for small local clients, before taking on projects for large national corporations. Since then he has become passionately invested in the global startup scene, working with teams from all over the world. It's been an intense learning experience for him, where he's been able to apply his experience and design thinking in many different types of work. His deep interest in design, engineering and technology has helped him act as a bridge between communication, brand, design, development and business efforts within a team. He works virtually exclusively remote, far away from your typical tech-hubs.

Christine Røde Freelance Product/Experience Designer

Formerly, Christine was a Product Designer at Facebook, where she helped build Facebook Search and Facebook Workplace. Originally from Norway, she's lived and worked in 4 different countries. You can talk to Christine about Product Design, Visual Design, Prototyping, being a woman in tech, navigating corporate politics, transitioning from Graphic Design to Product Design, US visas, and dealing with impostor syndrome and anxiety.

Lukasz Lysakowski Design Director

Design Director at Peek, the tour and activities industry leading booking platform. I oversee product design of the B2B platform and brand design of B2C marketplace. Responsible for user experience across desktop, mobile web, as well as mobile apps. Previously led UX and VD of online communities for Cisco, Nike, Pearson, SAP, and more. Oversaw Agency of Record marketing projects and led the design of RSA Conference for two years. Senior mentor at Cascade SF, where I mentor new product designers.

Conor Muirhead Designer at Basecamp

👋 It all started when I found someone willing to pay me $1,000 to make their (and my first) website! From there I quickly fell in love with the web and how fun it is to create things and then share them with the world online. Before long, I became more interested in making software than websites, so I shifted my focus to web-based software. After making a few web apps of my own, I convinced someone to hire my to work on theirs and I haven't looked back since! These days I work at Basecamp on our web-based app that helps folks run companies and teams calmly. I'm happy to talk about getting started in tech (particularly on the web), working on a product team, front-end development, and anything else to do with designing software that helps people make progress!

Shaun Tollerton Product Designer at ustwo

👋🏻 I'm a digital product designer with more than 9 years experience. Along the way I've developed skills in creating, visualizing and prototyping interactive experiences for Android, iOS and the Web. Let's chat! 🤓

Josh McCray Web Designer / Developer

I'm an in house design/developer for Jockey (the underwear company!). I started out as an intern 5 years ago and have been here since! Since we're a smaller team my roles vary from marketing design, user experience and some front end development.

Steve Fadden Researcher: UX, Design, Analytics, Engineering Psychology

Steve Fadden is Director/Principal Researcher for Analytics UX at Salesforce. He also works as an adjunct instructor for the UC Berkeley School of Information. Feel free to talk with Steve about his experiences in user experience, research, design, human factors, consulting, management, academia and grants. Additional background: Steve received his PhD in Engineering Psychology from the University of Illinois, and has worked in technology, research, academia, and consulting since the 1990's. He started his post-graduate career with Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems as a Crew Systems (Human Factors) Engineer, working on aircraft instruments and displays. He then joined User Experience at Intel, doing design and research with hardware and software for networking, security, and web applications. After Intel, he went to PeopleSoft as a User Experience Architect, working on web-based supply chain, service and financial systems. After these experiences, Steve switched to consulting, first working with federal clients (air traffic control, transportation, intelligence, security systems) at Booz Allen Hamilton. He then had the opportunity to direct a non-profit consulting and professional development group through Landmark College, a rural college exclusively serving students with learning disabilities and attention disorders. This work involved research grants funded by Department of Education and National Science Foundation, and consulting engagements with universities, schools, and international organizations. Steve ultimately left the consulting and academic world to return to technology, working in research and analytics for Dell's online customer experience group, and now in Analytics UX at Salesforce.

Lindsay Tabas Systems Engineer turned Customer & User Experience Designer

You're a confident and determined newcomer to the technology industry. I'm sure you are pumped to be part of designing the future. I was when I got started! But now that you've made your way through a few coding courses or design boot camps, you're probably realizing that it's hard to get a break. For designers, specifically, every startup wants a "lead." They ask for a portfolio of launched products but in an industry where 90% of startups fail, how are even the most seasoned designers suppose to have that many products out in the world? Believe me, it's not you. It's the collective industry. People keep coming up with new names for principles that already existed. The jargon is out of this world! Others want to say that building digital products and start-ups is totally different than building physical products and real businesses. They're wrong. In 2002, I designed my first user interface while studying Systems Engineering. Since then, I have been OBSESSED with designing technology for people. After college, I set out on a mission to be successful in Silicon Valley & the start-up world. Even with epic persistence and a graduate degree from UC Berkeley, I felt I was unable to succeed. Fifteen years in, I'm a "Lady Engineer" and I still haven't left tech. My mission is to increase the success rate for (com)passionate and people-minded start-ups. I empower savvy entrepreneurs to grow thriving start-ups by clearing the path between what your customers want and what the engineers build. My promise to my clients is the same for you: I promise to create bridges to your dreams, give thoughtful guidance, offer clear & simple strategies, make valuable introductions and deliver a quality above and beyond any academic institution. Yes, some of us still care about education.

Phil Rhie Product Designer at Stem

I graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Computer Science. Upon completing my major, I realized that programming wasn't my ideal career choice. Having always had a penchant for the creative arts, I tried my hand at a career in illustration and graphic design when I learned that my real passions lie in startups and entrepreneurship. Now, I'm leaning in and becoming a part of early-stage companies to better understand the intricacies of venture capital. Currently, I'm a product designer for an LA-based startup called Stem.

Mindaugas Petrutis I help designers find jobs they'll love.

Mindaugas Petrutis is a design recruiter who for the past 3 years has helped a number of designers find jobs they love. He has worked with the best tech and design companies in Dublin, Ireland, you can talk to him about best approaches to finding your first design job, networking and portfolios.

Jonny Miller Tribe Leader at Escape the City

Just after graduating university, I co-founded the startup Maptia.com with two of my best friends. We were fortunate enough to take part in both Startup Chile and Techstars (Seattle) accelerator programmes which is where I immersed myself in the startup world. Since moving on from Maptia last year, I've joined Escape the City where I'm working full time running their Startup Tribes program. I love the work and helping to mentor the eager and enthusiastic founders who I meet through the school.

Steven Fabre Product Designer at InVision

I currently work as lead designer on the InVision’s design tools team. Before that, I was running Easee, a web animation tool for designers which was acquired in April 2016. I also worked at Campaign Monitor, and was part of the early stage team at The Iconic, a rocket internet venture. I've always loved making things out of nothing, things that people use. I got into technology at the age of 14 by learning how to build a website about my local soccer team. Since then I haven't stopped learning, eventually dropped out of university and moved from my tiny home town in the south of France to Sydney. I now spend my time between Australia and the US making design tools at InVision.

Shannon Potter UX Prototyper at Lyft

A self-described "design-minded engineer," Shannon Potter has been developing iOS apps since the days of iPhone OS 2.0. He went to Virginia Tech and studied Computer Science. Over the years, Shannon has specialized in UI and animation engineer in particular for companies like Hipstamatic, Path, and Airbnb. He worked on Rheo (rheo.tv) for both iOS and tvOS before officially transitioning to the design world as a UX Prototyper on the Product Design team at Lyft. While Shannon is comfortable chatting about all aspects of software engineer, he's most passionate and knowledgeable about iOS's UI and media frameworks: UIKit, Core Animation, Core Graphics, Core Image, AV Foundation, and SceneKit.

Mikayla Hutchinson VS for Mac & Xamarin PM at Microsoft

Mikayla Hutchinson is a program manager working on Visual Studio for Mac and Xamarin at Microsoft, and has been working on developer tools and runtimes for over a decade. She's happy to talk about about developer tools, switching careers from engineering to PM, being trans in the software industry, working in a startup from founding to acquisition, avoiding burnout, game development tools and engines, speaking at conferences, the importance of diversity and role models, and much more.

Jimmy Daly Editor-in-chief at Quickbooks

Been working in content marketing for 6+ years. Ran content at an email startup (Vero) for two years, where I grew the blog from 10k to 150k pageviews. I've done two agency stints and now run a content operation for Quickbooks. I live and breath B2B content strategy.

Siddharth Jaiswal Launch and Growth Marketing for Startups

Siddharth is a Product Marketer experienced in SaaS and Consumer Web Products. He worked for Hiree.com until September 2016 (2 Years) as their Marketing and Business Intelligence guy. Has helped entrepreneurs shape their product, LAUNCH and GROW.

Greg Beldam Freelance Design Director

Previously Design Director at Shopify. Lead the mobile and core product design teams as well as conceptual products and strategy. Currently helping start-ups get going with design and product direction. You can talk to Greg about management, creative direction, building design teams, design systems and scale, Canadian tech culture and going freelance.

Rahul Iyer Product Manager at InSite

Rahul is a Product Manager & Entrepreneur. Formerly a collegiate athlete, he built a startup to better athletes' wrist and grip strength with a product called Cheer Straps. From there, Rahul transitioned into consulting where he worked with Fortune 500 retailers in the supply chain & logistics software industry. Rahul recently made a trek from Atlanta to San Francisco where he ended up becoming a Product Manager at a startup in the Valley. You can chat with Rahul about breaking into a PM role from a non-traditional background, startups, relationship building, and life. Feel free to read more of his story on Medium (@rahuldotiyer)

Sam Chieng Senior Product Designer at WeWork

Sam is a product designer and data visualization specialist at WeWork in New York. Previously, she was a founding member of a small B2B start-up, freelance designer, and solutions engineer for Chartbeat. Sam is self-taught in design and code thanks to the wonders of the internet. In a previous life, she studied economics in college and worked a very boring job in finance. Feel free to ask anything: teaching yourself design/code, switching careers, networking genuinely, caring for mental health, conquering imposter syndrome, and being a badass woman in tech.

Anjali Menon Head of Growth

Anjali Menon is the Head of Growth for YC startup called Magic. We went viral 2 years ago and since then have been focused on building a sustainable business. Previously, she worked at Twitter as a PM and TaskRabbit as an Operations lead where she launched the TaskRabbit Elite. You can talk to Anjali about growth, operations, networking, or travel :)

Adam Murray Director of Client Strategy (Lightbend), former VP Business (BoldRadius)

Adam Murray is Director of Client Strategy and Strategic Accounts with Lightbend, following their acquisition of his company, BoldRadius Solutions, a professional services firm in which he performed as VP Business. His prior experience with IBM and running his firms make him a good resource for you on subjects including strategy, sales, negotiation, leading teams, software process and handling conflict. Adam is optimistic and keeps close touch with his engineering background and creative interests, using evenings and weekends to code projects and render motion graphics when no one is watching.

Danny Knapp Software Engineer

Danny Knapp is a software engineer at Salesforce. He is a self-taught technologist that has worked in the industry for over 20 years, starting out as a copier technician in the early 90's. He has worked as a support technician, trainer, tech writer, systems architect/engineer, product manager, before working as a software developer. He's also worked as a audio/video production engineer, a photographer, as well as being a professional musician for over 30 years. You can talk with Danny about technology, mentorship, networking, work/life balance, and working in the startup world as well as large corporations.

Maggie McKosky Director, UX & Product Design at Shutterstock

Maggie McKosky is a NY based design leader, currently Director of UX & Product Design at Shutterstock. Her approach blends a background in visual & brand design, UX research methodologies, and product strategy to solve customer problems and drive innovation. Previously she worked at ecommerce companies Fab.com and Borderfree Global Ecommerce (now part of Pitney Bowes) and a couple design studios before that. You can talk with Maggie about design processes & systems, user centered design, working your way up in a design career, navigating startups vs large companies, being a woman in tech, work/life balance, leadership, and more.

Dan Smolkin Founder @ Integraph

Dan is the founder of Integraph, an employee lifecycle management tool. Previously, he built the people operations (HR) function for Quixey as they grew from 10 to 250 employees worldwide. You can talk with Dan about people operations, product development, going from non-technical to technical roles or for a quick bit of career advice.

Eric Muntz VP of Development at MailChimp

Eric Muntz is VP of Development at MailChimp. Eric joined MailChimp as an Software Engineer in 2010 and helped build MailChimp's product suite to support more than 15 million small businesses. His first jobs were in tech support and quality assurance and has worked for companies of varying sizes from a small embedded device startup to the federal government. Eric looks forward to discussing software engineering, career development, management and leadership, and building strong cross-functional team relationships.

Jonas Downey Product Designer @ Basecamp

Hello! I'm a product designer at Basecamp, where I've been creating interfaces and ideas for many of Basecamp's products since 2011. I'm currently working on user onboarding and conversion-related projects for Basecamp 3. I'm also the co-creator of a popular iOS app called Hello Weather, and an avid writer. Prior to Basecamp, I worked as a web/UI designer at Argonne National Laboratory. I'm happy to talk about how to find your way into product design, plus anything else you're curious about — web or iOS tech, writing, UX, front end development, side projects, strategy, project management, you name it!

Amanda Conrad Director, Product Management

Amanda Conrad leads some of true[X]'s largest initiatives and is an integral part of truly innovative work in the realm of monetizing content for some of the country's largest digital media companies. Amanda enjoys working on diverse teams and solving complex market problems. With a long background in product design, she specializes in smart, clean, and usable interface and believes technology should help us work smarter, not harder.

Mopewa Ogundipe Software developer at Khan Academy

I graduated from Carnegie Mellon (BS, CS) in May 2016 and started full time as a software developer on the mobile team at Khan Academy in August 2016. Before that, I interned at Instagram and Khan Academy and was a Facebook University Intern. You can talk to me about anything but especially Android development, React Native, internships, starting your first full-time job, salary negotiations, career development, and diversity and inclusion in tech.

Brian Harniman Managing director of an advisory firm

founding/startup team at priceline. early employee at KAYAK. online marketing and business development in travel brands. Now run Brand New Matter, an advisory and venture capital firm in NYC.

Ian Cox Product Designer @ Beyond

Ian Cox works in New York City as a product designer at a digital design and technology company called Beyond. He gives talks about design methodology and runs workshops teaching design tools like Sketch and Principle. On occasion, he does freelance as a web designer/developer building sites with Kirby CMS. Previously, Ian worked as a motion designer at PSYOP creating style frames and doing 2D animation in After Effects. He also worked at a branding agency with a focus on digital design for mobile and web. Prior to moving to New York, Ian studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Matthew Voshell Product Designer @ Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Matthew started out his career as a cyber solutions architect working for CACI and Booz Allen Hamilton w U.S. Intelligence and Defense agencies. He decided to pivot to User Experience design and has worked for companies like S&P Global, Citibank, and most recently Bank of America. Matthew is looking forward to discussing Enterprise Design, UI Design / Sketch, Ideation, Wireframing, Prototyping, Information Architecture, Contextual User Interviews / User Research, Requirements Analysis, Stakeholder Relationship Management, and Agile Methodologies

Leander Lenzing Product Designer @mytaxi

I am a Product Designer at mytaxi, formerly car2go & Familonet, based in Hamburg, Germany. I am a lover of grids, good coffee, scandinavian design, pencils, matt black things, bright rooms, drums, walking & creating. I really love what I do.

Jimmy Fursman Principal @ Mercutio

Primarily a freelance developer in the e-Commerce space, I formed Mercutio in 2015 as a way to scale my own work and help companies succeed online. I've worked previously as a Full-Stack Developer & Systems Administrator and now love that I get to blend Business Strategy with my technical skills. Talk to me about Engineering, DevOps, Entrepreneurship, or Freelancing

Stanley Idesis Enterprise Software and Marketing Consultant, I'm a Renaissance Human

My best friend taught me how to write software, and we both worked for Zynga, where I was assigned to Words with Friends. We left, then failed to get into Y-Combinator after a harrowing interview (https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-be-rejected-by-Y-Combinator/answer/Stanley-Idesis). Several years later, I advise and work with ed-tech and enterprise software companies. You can talk to me about literally anything. I'm particularly passionate about education, tech, product design, business, user experience, gaming, the singularity, singing, content marketing, the list goes on.

Natalie Semczuk Freelance Project Manager

Natalie is a freelance and remote project manager living in Austin at the moment. She has worked with small start ups, large corporations, and agencies of all sizes. Natalie got started in the industry as a graphic designer. You can talk to her about freelancing, remote work, managing projects small and large, tough clients, creating processes, public speaking, and navigating your career.

Catherine Ho Senior UX designer

Catherine is a UX designer with 5+ years of experience as a designer and researcher. Most recently, she's been with REI in the Digital division, and at Intuit as a UX researcher and designer. Her prior mobile and web work spans e-commerce, financial software, civic issues and politics, education, publishing, food, automobile, retail, and non-profit. She's designed mobile apps, responsive websites, marketing campaigns, inventory processes, tools for fellow designers, and POS systems (registers and mobile devices). Catherine has worked with companies like The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Obama for America, and Walmart Labs. You can chat with Catherine about user-centered design balanced with user research, your portfolio, working with stakeholders, and getting started with conference public speaking.

Megan Conyers Growth + Impact Strategist, Self-employed

Previously, Megan worked in national nonprofit organizations building communities and became hooked to the concept of making a tangible difference in people’s quality of life. She’s consulted with entrepreneurs and companies from across the US and LatAm to help them validate ideas and launch in often complex markets. You can talk to Megan about starting up, setting a strategy for launch, defining your target market, innovating in your existing company, or creating (and measuring) social impact.

Juleigh Pisciotti Product Manager/Strategist at DMI Inc

Juleigh is a product manager/strategist working at DMI. In her division, they work with clients to discover their core users, problem statements to solve, test ideas and build solutions. Most recently, she helped define and build an app that allows truck drivers to tap into community and find truck friendly routes and stops along their way. Before DMI, she worked as a product manager at Bloomberg to define and build tools to help government contractors find opportunities for new business.

Manuj Aggarwal Technology Leader / Architect / Engineer

Manuj have been in the software industry since 1997. He has worked in various startups and larger corporations in multiple verticals like healthcare, eLearning, real estate, etc. He tries to bring the lessons learned in the enterprise to tech startups. Over the past two decades - he has been part of some cool and innovative products over the years. Some failed and some succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams. All those learnings are valuable, and he is eager to share and help wherever he can.

Matt Jankowski COO

I'm one of the founders of thoughtbot, a ~100 person software consulting business with a focus on the design and development of web and mobile applications. You can talk to me about starting or working at a creative agency or other business, client work best practices, mixing coffee with work, startups vs enterprises, killing it, crushing it, keeping it real, getting after it, sticking to it, and so on.

Richard Kho Software Engineer @ Capital One

Richard Kho is a software engineer at Capital One. It's his first full-time job in the industry, having formerly worked at a startup in a customer support capacity. In 2014, Richard taught himself how to code in his spare time and ended up attending Hack Reactor, a coding bootcamp which let him pivot into the world of software engineering. Currently, Richard is working on an enterprise-scale React application which handles all of the credit card signups for Capital One. Additionally, on the side, Richard is writing a book on React Native development slated for publishing this year. You can talk with Richard about breaking into tech and learning how to code.

Tara Mann Designer at Basecamp

Tara Mann is a designer at Basecamp, where she works on iOS. Previously she worked at Twitter, and before that at Science Inc. She studied communication design and technology at Parsons in New York City. She lives in Los Angeles where she works remotely with a small but productive team! You can talk to Tara about: the job interview process at various companies, what it’s like to work at a giant company vs. a small company, remote design work, startups, and any general design questions.

Joey Isaacson Product Designer

Joey Isaacson is a Product Designer at Facebook in Menlo Park with 5 years of experience. His experience with several start ups include Songkick, where he lead product teams in New York and London. He is also a pretty cool dude if I might add.

Aaina Sharma Creative Director

Aaina has been designing experience for the past 7 years at places like IDEO, Zendesk and now HelloSign. She started out as a Graphic Designer but quickly transitioned to Experience Design. You can talk to Aaina about Product Design, Product Strategy, branding, start ups, creative blocks, and side projects.

Amanda Tessier Digital Marketer at Altisource

Amanda Tessier is a digital marketer at financial services and tech company Altisource. She leads email marketing, landing page implementation, and search engine optimization within the corporate marketing team. Formerly, she worked in a software startup and was a SEO Specialist in agency, plus freelanced on the side. Please feel free to ask about startups, agencies, corporate cultures, any aspect of marketing, learning to code, consulting, and balancing the 9-5 with the 5-9.

Chris Kelly Senior Manager, Software Engineering at Salesforce

Chris Kelly is 10+ years into a software engineering career, and has moved from a masters degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, through a handful of very technical roles, to his current position where he is leading teams of engineers at Salesforce to deliver value to their customers. Chris lives in Atlanta and is thoroughly convinced that someone can have a complete career in the technology industry in Atlanta. Outside of work, he is a dad, husband, and avid mountain biker. You can talk with Chris about careers in computer science, startups -vs- big companies, code schools -vs- college, and consulting -vs- product companies, and anything else software related.

Nadia Barbosa Developer Support at Mapbox

Nadia Barbosa works on developer support at Mapbox. Previously, she worked at an environmental nonprofit while pursuing graduate study in Geographic Information Science. You can talk to Nadia about code schools, working at a startup, getting your bearings as a new developer, and communicating with others in the technical world.

Jenny Kay Pollock Customer Success Engineer | Augmented Reality

Jenny creates systems to manage customer relationships for augmented reality companies. She has worked at two leading AR companies and loves the high growth, high tech space. With her last career move she was able to increase her salary 28.5% and the time before 82% (including the COL difference in SF). You can talk with her about breaking into tech, compensation negotiation, applying for jobs out of state, general application techniques, networking and working in the startup world.

Stephanie Shaw Solution Architect at Salesforce.com

Stephanie is a Korean adoptee raised in a US military family, with a BA from Colgate University. In the past 5 years, she has gone from a market research company of < 10 employees to one of the largest tech companies in the world. Her journey includes getting a position with a company that wasn't hiring, working at a startup, and even starting her company to work as a bonafide independent consultant. You can talk to Stephanie about how to transform skills across industries; career changes; working at a small company where your boss is owner/CEO/founder, a startup where your job title changes daily, or a large company where you're one of 20k global employees; starting your own business to work for yourself; working remotely from home; traveling for work, making professional development work for you; and, navigating diversity as the minority (female/non-white/first-generation college) member.

Vlad Georgescu Design Lead @ Directly

Vlad helped design and define Directly's enterprise product that's being used by companies like Airbnb, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and others. Talk to Vlad about product design, working remotely, being the only designer in a startup, or the nomadic lifestyle.

Niftylettuce CTO

Node.js Full Stack Developer

Mitchell Wright GitLab

Mitchell is a technical marketer. He has a Master's in Information Systems from Brigham Young University. After receiving his degree, he worked doing freelance digital marketing for 3 years, then worked at Qualtrics, a unicorn SaaS based in Utah. He currently works for GitLab as their online marketing manager. Mitchell is well versed in all aspects of digital marketing, including SEO, paid ads, content marketing, affiliate marketing, and analytics.

Sean Gates Front-end engineer

I've been building websites for 18 years, have built well over 1000 sites, and now work as a software engineer at eBay, building eBay's next-generation UX interfaces. I feel comfortable talking to people about anything, but mostly about being a front end developer and engineer.

Maya Benari Front end designer at 18F (GSA)

Maya Benari is a designer and front end developer who's passionate about making the world a better place through technology and design. She works at 18F where she helped build a design system for the U.S. government. Formerly at Code for America. Talk to her about design systems, accessibility, user centered design, design for social good, and working your way up in a design career.

Juliet Salinas DevOps Engineer

Currently a DevOps Engineer/AWS Solutions Architect - Juliet Salinas has worked her way up through the tech industry starting from an entry-level tech support role. Lacking any formal education, she is self-taught - a testament to the fantastic array of resources available to the motivated learner today. Her story is an example of what hard work and ambition can achieve, even without degrees or expensive certifications. Her life was not without adversity - She struggled with untreated ADHD, and she surrender male privilege when she came out as a transgender. She was forced to rebuild her life from scratch, as she lost her family, job, and home. Living in a garage, working a nighttime sysadmin gig with no healthcare, she studied and improved herself, interviewing during the day. She persevered through multiple rejections before landing her first DevOps role nearly a year ago. In this time, she has rapidly progressed acquiring new skills and 3 AWS certifications in a short time.

Ryan Murphy Product Design at Qumu

I've worked at a startup, an agency and now a bigger established company. Working to get design at the centre of how the company moves forward. I started as an intern whilst studying at University. I've worked with TfL, News UK and many others.

Matthew Paul Software Product Designer at IBM

Matthew Paul is a designer with a focus on software products, design systems, interaction design, and prototyping. He works with researchers, engineers, and product owners to create digital experiences that meet both human needs and business goals. He currently works at IBM, in Austin, on a product team and also operate as one half of the IBM Make Lab. You can talk with Matthew about being an individual contributor, design leadership, product thinking, coding, design facilitation, and working on enterprise software.

Marc Seitz CTO at Hackerbay

Marc is a self-taught full-stack engineer. With a background in a finance and physics, he switched fields and started programming 5 years ago with an edX's Intro to Programming course. Since then Marc has attended over 70 hackathons and won a third of them. Together with friends, he has founded Hackevents, the world's leading search engine for hackathons. He is the founder and CTO at Hackerbay, a tech company that helps non-tech corporate departments to become more innovative, experiment and release new product ideas faster: the days of the 2-year product release cycle is over! You can talk with Marc about design automation, working in startups, or if you want to learn about how to start to program and what opportunities you can have.

Justin Johnson Product Manager @ Keen IO

Justin got started in tech via software sales and soon after became obsessed with startups. After learning to code he started a company called Late Labs to connect developers to entrepreneurs to work for small sums of equity. He sunset that and joined Keen IO as the 7th employee and has helped build the business to support thousands of customers data analytics needs. You can talk to Justin about community building, growth, product, silicon valley culture, dyslexia and storytelling.

Maitrik Patel User Experience Designer & Web Developer

I’m an UI / Front-end Developer and an UX enthusiast based in Bay Area, California. I stand on a sweet spot where design & code intersects. My comprehensive knowledge in design and technology allows me to cultivate productive teams in a synergic environment that meets the requirements of creative and developers concurrently. I work with the latest techniques in UI/ Front End Development along with agile workflow that results in simple, beautiful, intuitive and pixel perfect interface designs & products. I am currently working at DocuSign as Web Developer developing cross-platform compatible,responsive, modern, engaging and highly visible marketing web pages.

Thomson Nguyen Head of Data Science, Square Capital

Thomson Nguyen is the Head of Data Science at Square Capital. Previously, he was the Founder/CEO of Framed Data (acquired by Square in 2016). He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences at NYU, where his research is in malicious behavior and parallelized decision trees. You can talk to Thomson about working in startups, building a product from scratch, machine learning, startup fundraising, and how to get started in the tech industry.

Raphael Grignani Designer

I work on new products and new markets at Facebook and I'm also the co-owner of TourneurGoods. Previously, I lead the Growth and Monetization design teams at Pinterest, cofounded/CEOed Jauntful, and designed products and services for Nokia, Method, Google, Heath Ceramics, amongst others. I co-founded the IxDA Interaction Awards to document and celebrate contemporary design.

Akshay Pruthi Product Manager(ixigo), ex-ceo & founder, Reach App(acquired)

Akshay Pruthi enrolled at the Delhi University where he studied Instrumentation & Control Engineering. During the studies, he dared to experiment and start a venture to provide a platform for amateur artists. He sold his blood, invested $8000, generated $1800 in revenue when he realised he won't be able to scale this up. An year later, he came up with a pivot, a mobile app which lets you discover the content available on your friend's phone. He along with his co-founders raised about half a million $ from institutional VCs and angel investors. After 2 years of constant hustle, figured a product market fit issue with the product, & decided to return 50% of the investors money, at the same time, got an acquisition offer by ixigo- one of the largest meta travel companies in India. Currently, he is leading special projects here.

Avneesh Kohli Product Manager at Foursquare

Hi! I'm currently a Product Manager at Foursquare, where I run the team that builds Swarm. Previously, I worked at Microsoft for 3.5 years, where I helped build the first versions of OneNote for iOS and Mac, and then Outlook for iOS and Android. I studied Computer Science during college at UC Berkeley. I love chatting about about product management, design, how technology impacts society, having a big impact while keeping a low profile, and sports.

Kevin Liu Product Manager + Data Scientist

These days, I advise and invest in early stage data-first startups that leverage ML and data science technologies to solve enterprise problems. Prior to investing full-time, I spent 3 years in data science and product at Mattermark (series B, YC, NEA, Foundry-backed), a business intelligence platform that helps investment and sales/marketing professionals discover and accelerate deal-making. During my time there, I had the opportunity to work with incredible data scientists, product managers, and founders to drive product development. Before all of this, I kickstarted my career in private equity/venture capital and built some location-based apps. I love chatting about data science, product management, deal sourcing, managing cross functional teams, working in fast growing companies - and happy to discuss anything.

Nat Welch Software Reconnaissance Engineer

Nat is currently the Lead Site Reliability Engineer at First Look Media. He has been a professional software person since 2005 and has also worked at Hillary for America, Google, iFixit, Punchd and other places. He calls himself a Software Reconnaissance Engineer because he loves exploring systems and trying new things. He'll gladly talk about Site Reliability Engineering, DevOps, Open-Source, Distributed Systems, "The Cloud", programming, infrastructure design, job hunting, side projects or his favorite coffee shops.

Mike MacCombie Investor at Evertrue Ventures / Founder at Undrdog

Mike is currently Managing Partner at Evertrue Ventures, the Brown University alumni investment group. He is also working on the launch of Undrdog, a media platform sharing the experiences and actionable advice of founders from underrepresented populations. Formerly, Mike was a teacher with Teach For America, Head of Special Projects at The Influencers, and a behavior science consultant to New York startups. He geeks out about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bad puns, and how to MacGyver Social Good. You can talk with him about transitioning to the startup world, building communities, storytelling, brand positioning, and combining passion with profitability.

Kian Lavi Product Designer, doing freelance nonsense 👋🏽

Kian (pronounced kee-on) has worked in all sorts of places: designing consumer electronics at Sony 📼, leading product at a small gov-tech startup 🏛, and now freelances👩🏻‍🎤 for small to medium sized startups and companies in the Bay Area. Kian studied HCI at UC San Diego, and he's most interested in finding cool overlaps between technology and the arts. He's also a photographer 📸, and you can find his latest series, #100daysofbus, at instagram.com/kianlavi.

Jonny Mack Product designer @ Google in Seattle

Jonny Mack is a product designer on Google's Cloud Platform. Previously he lead projects on Android and Chrome OS system UI, and was a prototyper on webOS at HP. Additionally, Jonny has been a guest speaker and portfolio reviewer at General Assembly and Seattle Central Creative Academy. You can talk with Jonny about all aspects of the product design process, interview prep and hiring practices, and collaborating with product managers and engineers.

Yan Lhert Freelance Engineer & Entrepreneur

I co-founded Zen99 (YC S14) with Tristan Zier and acted as CTO, but now I'm mostly a freelance engineer working on music technology. I've worked at around 8 startups now, and I've been doing software development professionally for about 10 years. I help run Xfer Records with Steve Duda and I advise a couple of startups. I now live in Barcelona but I'm back in the bay area once a quarter.

Chris Hendel Product Manager @ MongoDB

Formerly, Chris was the Special Projects Lead at Pebble. Chris worked as both a Software Engineer and Product Manager building Pebble Core, Pebble Concierge, and running Pebble's latest Kickstarter, raising over $12 million. You can talk to Chris about product management, software engineering, product design, working at startups, and failure.

Marcin Wichary Designer/typographer at Medium + Writer on my own

Marcin grew up in Poland, and lived in a few countries in Europe before moving to America. He has education both in computer science and human-computer interaction. He worked at Google (internal tools, search, Chrome, interactive doodles), Code for America (criminal justice, participatory street design), and Medium (design, typography, engineering, internationalization, platform design). He used to work at a computer games magazine before all that, and he does random creative projects time and again. He’s been writing and giving public talks, too. He’d love to talk to you about any of those previous sentences. :·)

Jon Rundle Product Designer at Envoy

Jon Rundle is a product designer at Envoy (http://envoy.com) in SF, currently living in Ontario, Canada and working remote. Jon previously co-founded a mobile app design and development agency (http://trebleapps.co) and worked as the lead designer at a local web agency (http://res.im). You can talk to Jon about many aspects of product design, mobile app design, prototyping, collaborating with engineers and working remote.

Todd Torabi Senior Designer at Elephant

Todd is a Senior User Experience Designer and Founder of two companies. He loves design because of its powerful impact on the way people think, act, and reflect on brands and services. He believes that design is a practice that helps him reflect on his own ideas of human behavior and sociology, too. After graduating with Economics and Entrepreneurship degrees from the University of Arizona in 2013, he co-founded his own automotive marketplace startup which was later acquired by Petrolicious, an award-winning automotive media company. Since then, he has taken on a consultative role of product design and product strategy for several companies. He consulted Emirates Airline's commerce teams at their Dubai HQ, and more recently led user experience design and strategy for Goldman Sachs and Apple through the design agency, Elephant. Today, Todd co-runs a design studio that partners with startup companies like PAX and Shortcut to design mobile applications. His biggest hobby: Boston sports. He has no problems spending hundreds of dollars going to games when either the Patriots, Red Sox, or Celtics visit. I attended the Patriots Super Bowl win in 2014 -- best experience his life! You can talk with Todd about many aspects of design, running a business, mentorship, and of course, the Patriots.

Evan Solomon Engineer @ LinkedIn

Evan has worked in a bunch of different roles at a few interesting early stage startups – marketing at Justin.tv (pre-Twitch), growth at Automattic (makers of WordPress.com) and engineering at Medium — before co-founding a startup called Run Hop that was acquired by LinkedIn. He'd love to talk to you about engineering, data, product, or fundraising.

Ian Patrick Hines Founder & CEO of Hines Digital

Ian got involved in digital and politics in 2003, and since 2013 he’s been a full-time web design & fundraising consultant for some of the world’s leading political campaigns and advocacy organizations. Prior to consulting, Ian was a freelance web designer and an Los Angeles startup employee. You can talk to him about start ups, freelancing, product design, freelancing, career planning for multiple jobs, or really whatever.

Daniel Ritzenthaler Designer

Daniel Ritzenthaler is a product designer at Iora Health. Before coming to Iora, Dan spent 6 months exploring starting his own software company. He was the second design hire for HubSpot and helped build a large design team up through the company going public. He also spent several years as design freelancer for startups around Boston. Finally, before digging into the startup scene he owned a small design agency that worked for companies like Microsoft and Motorola. A few little highlights along the way: he wrote an article for A List Apart and a chapter of Intercom's ebook on Jobs-to-be-done.

Misbah Ashraf Product & Growth Lead at Toymailco.com , YC W'16

Misbah Ashraf is a Product Growth Evangelist who is passionate about building products that users find delightful and scaling it without spending money. Currently, He is leading Product and Growth at Toymail backed by YC, Amazon and Shark Tank. Previously, he has grown products from whiteboard to 100k users in less than a month multiple times while working with startups in 3 different continents. You can talk to Misbah about design, community building, growth, product, impact, and storytelling.

Sam Elgar Co-Founder @ritualmusic and Growth @invoke

Sam is runs business development for Invoke, the digital product company behind Hootsuite. He also co-founded Ritual Music, a music-licensing platform His background has been in strategy, business development and client relationship management in technology and design.

Thiyagarajan M (Rajan) Fellow in Residence, M&A, iSPIRT

A full time 'Fellow In Residence' at software product industry think tank in India called iSPIRT where I help deep tech Indian startups with worldwide Corporate Strategic Partnerships, Alliances, Investments including M&A. Earlier was head of product management for Quickbooks in India, prior to that built a mobile startup similar to Periscope. I can help with Product Strategy, Design Thinking, Strategic Partnerships, M&A advice and also any global companies exploring to build on India Stack.

Darick Dang Product Designer at wongfremont

Darick is a second generation Asian-American and a child of two refugees who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He began his career as a front-end developer and then entered the world of advertising. Once the iPhone came out, he realized that people began to really understand and care about design. That idea was so powerful to him that he joined a startup accelerator where he led the design, creative and UX for more than 40 startups. After the accelerator wound down, he became a design consultant and worked with local startups and global brands and hasn't looked back since.

Michelle Li Product Designer: formerly @ Zillow, currently on a sabbatical

Michelle is a product designer with six years of experience, solving problems and creating successful products in the retail/ecommerce, adventure game, real estate, and mobile industries. She would love to chat with you about breaking into UX, the world of product design, working in different environments: agency vs. in-house, your portfolio, preparing for interviews, and side projects.

Spencer Hoffman Sr. Technical Recruiter at Mixpanel

Spencer Hoffman is a technical recruiter at Mixpanel, a fast growing mobile/web analytics startup, in SF. This is the 2nd startup he's worked at and before here he recruited and ran a team at an agency for many of the top companies including Facebook and Google. Feel free to ping him for unbiased info about what recruiters look for, startups, how to differentiate yourself, entering recruiting, what to look for in organizations, and more. Or hit him up to just shoot the shit and get the perspective of someone that came out here knowing no one without a job and created a pretty sweet life :)

Mohd Wassem Founder

I am a co-founder at Bobble Keyboard, an (iOS | Android) app from India to enable real-time personalization on mobile. Our inventive technology enables instantaneous personalization of content. With just 1 selfie, users get free unlimited personalized stickers and GIFs- with their faces, in any language, in real time. We are the most viral and engaged app from India with 7M+ installs in a year. We are the highest ranking Android app in India at our scale. We have the youngest user base- younger than even Snapchat. 90% of our 5 million+ installs are by users 25 or younger. Our engagement and growth metrics are comparable to the best globally.

Mariusz Ciesla Product Designer & Co-founder of Lifetramp.com

Started out as a freelance web designer & developer back in high school. Around 3rd year of college joined his first agency — Making Waves in Krakow, Poland. Worked with a bunch of pretty great clients, from startups to governments and corporates, between Poland and Norway. After a while joined Lunar Logic and became lead designer for their internal product — Kanbanery. Quit in 2013, went back to freelancing and met co-founder, Adam, with whom he started Lifetramp.com — a platform that lets you try a job for a day. Right now, part-time working with Lifetramp and part-time working on client projects to pay the bills.

Aldrin Montana Bioinformatics Engineer at Personalis

Aldrin has worked for the past 2 years at Personalis as a Bioinformatics analyst/engineer. Previously, he worked for about a year and a half at Workday as a performance engineer, and graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Aldrin primarily has experience in java and python, and some minimal experience in a handful of other languages. His primary interests are in data management, database systems, and bioinformatics/computational biology. But, of course, he is available for most anything (in-depth expertise not guaranteed).

Kevin Twohy Freelance Product Designer

Kevin Twohy is a freelance Product Designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, he was the Director of Product at Hello Inc., and has freelanced for companies like Everlane, Fitbit, BloomThat, Sony, and the National Park Service. You can talk with Kevin about product design, product management, user interface, and running a freelance design business.

David Hariri Founder of https://ada.support

I'm trying to be the best I can be at building software people love. I'm looking forward to talking with others about what problems they're having doing the same 😌. I'm a multi-disciplinary web product developer (full-stack developer goes most of the way, but I also do lot's of design work). I'm also a founder of two companies (Ada and Volley), both of which are venture-backed FWIW. These days, I mostly design and manage product development for my company Ada Support. Before we had a team, I built our core services (REST, JSON API, WebSockets API) and designed and built our apps (Chat client and CMS-type app). Before all of that I was a developer at an agency called Teehan+Lax and I had a smaller startup called Volley. My favourite days are when I can write Python all day, uninterrupted 🏄

Jake Araullo Researcher, Special Projects @ SafetyCulture

Jake works at a fast-growing startup called SafetyCulture, making the most used inspection app in the world. Jake researches both UX and future projects (R&D). Jake loves to talk about UX, design, working in cross-disciplinary teams, safety, delivering work and research to different types of people, coffee, distributed teams, the future of tech and anything else in between!

Lisa Peacock Managing Director & Executive Creative Director at Designing North Studios

I began my career in web design, development and strategy in late '94 when me and my bartender/techie boyfriend started a small web design firm surfing the famous Wind n' Sea beach in La Jolla, California. No one knew what the World Wide Web was, yet. But before that, I was a painter, graphic artist, media designer, singer/songwriter, and social ecology undergrad. I started my first graphic design company whilst in college partnering with a well-known art professor from the University of Arizona. This is where I learned designers had to also be salespeople. I went on to land a spot on the Denny’s Restaurant account team at one of the top five international advertising agencies, DMB&B in Los Angeles (yes that was this account: Lenny's? Denny's!). Became a veteran of Ernst & Young’s Center for Technology Enablement inside their consulting practice, where I led a bicoastal team of designers and developers in the early days of the web space. I later co-founded a custom invitation design & lifestyle company in Santa Barbara, California, that engaged in the planning & brand development of large events and paper goods for exclusive clientele (Landon Donovan's wedding invitation was indeed delivered in a wooden box, revealing 'snow' upon opening, in Van Gogh's hand-written font). Founded a boutique design & consulting group delivering brand creative, corporate identity, and UI/UX design solutions for small to enterprise-wide projects with high-profile clients across a range of industries and called it {razpberrizoo}, inc. (yes, those curly brackets are indeed on the corporate stamp). And before co-founding and creating my current gig at Designing North Studios in 2012, I was responsible for the strategic direction & implementation of Stanford Law School’s online communication and branding initiatives under Dean Kramer (the now current president of the Hewlett Foundation); in charge of their public website, private social community, social media landscape, collaboration tools, and custom application development projects. --Whew.

Adam Saint UX Community Advocate @ Shopify

Adam Saint is a product designer by trade, and is currently serving the UX community at Shopify. He is a cofounder at Bench Accounting and was formerly the VP of Design. He started his career as an interface designer at MetaLab. Adam tried a mishmash of formal schooling (film school, computer science, philosophy, etc) and never completed a degree. He is proudly Canadian, and believes that design and tech can and should thrive outside of the Popular Hubs™. You can talk with Adam about product design, systems thinking, design leadership, entrepreneurship/startups, mental health, and our professional responsibility to uphold human compassion, dignity, and flourishing.

Nik Laufer-Edel Product Manager at Lyft

Product Manager for the passenger experience at Lyft. Formerly product at Udemy, the largest online learning marketplace. Taught and developed the curriculum at Product School. Customer focused with background in design and research.

Andrew Hyunsoo Lee Product Designer at Palantir Technologies

Andrew is a product designer currently building enterprise data analysis tools at Palantir Technologies (sounds scary, it's not). When he realized the corporate business world wasn't for him, he transitioned into designing digital experiences. Previously, he was a product designer at Acorns, an investing startup backed by PayPal, ran an online design course, and studied business at USC. You can talk to Andrew about your portfolio, self-teaching design, getting your foot in the door, mentorship, and his experience working at a big company vs a startup.

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