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The Tech Trek

By Elevano
Everyone is on their own trek. And we can all use a little help along the way.

The Tech Trek features conversations with top leaders in technology on how they are transforming their industry and organization. We explore the intersections of technology, management, and innovation. We talk about their impact, lessons learned, and what knowledge they can pass on to others.
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Noah Beddome - Aligning the security roadmap to business objectives

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Ana Lebron - SRE is an engineering function with a strategic business focus
Highlights of my conversation with Ana: The intersection of SRE/business Complex systems always fail Reliability is a feature of the system SLAs are a partnership with the customer Managing SLAs in proactive and reactive situations Measure everything Impact of outages and communicating to business Collaboration with Security Involving SRE at the beginning of the implementation is important Planning for future tools Celebrating team wins Learning opportunities from outages Meet: Ana Lebron is the leader of the Site Reliability Engineering team at Enova International. She has been in the technology industry for the last 15 years in different roles. She started her career as a system engineer in the aerospace industry, working in Germany and Spain. In 2010 Ana undertook an MBA specializing in Technology Operations, and since then, she has worked at Enova International, leading change management, problem management, and site reliability engineering teams. Ana has co-organized Chicago Women in Tech Conference (Chiwitcon) and is passionate about DevOps and Agile practices. If you have any questions for Ana, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ana-a-lebron/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
22:57
August 11, 2022
Moitree Rahman - Building a cross-functional analytics team
Highlights of my conversation with Moitree: Building an analytics team to support the company's digital transformation initiatives  The skill sets of an analytics team have become diverse Investing in emerging technologies and using them Evaluating resourcing to be able to get the most out of your investment Business vs technical chops Finding hybrid skills is a challenge to growing teams Define your requirements to drive the skill set you need on your team When do you add new capabilities vs keeping it with external partners Meet: Moitree Rahman is a marketing analytics and data professional with 12+ years of experience making an impact in data and tech strategy roles for Fortune 500 companies that span across diverse business verticals, including CPG (Colgate-Palmolive), Telco (AT&T), Media-Entertainment (AT&T/Warner Media/ Xandr) and SaaS (LiveRamp) companies. Currently leading the Digital Measurement transformation at Colgate-Palmoliveer efficiently and at scale. If you have any questions for Moitree, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/moitreerahman/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
26:49
August 09, 2022
Laku Adedoyin - Communicating the “why of engineering work”
Highlights of my conversation with Laku: Aligning work to the broader company goals Engineers like to work on things that actually get used CTO should focus on customer success channels Focusing on what impact we can bring to the customer Translating that to daily motivation Distilling the message into the simplest form Not using release dates as motivation Explaining technical debt to the broader organization Engineering bandwidth as a pie chart Meet: As CancerIQ’s CTO, Laku Adedoyin leads a growing engineering team that is helping to end cancer as we know it by focusing on early detection and efficient screening. He has over 20 years of experience in software development, engineering, and product leadership. Before joining CancerIQ, he led engineering and product management teams that built electronic data collection and clinical trial management systems used by leading research centers, clinical research organizations, sponsors, research sites, and large health systems. Laku is very passionate about building products that bring value to customers and building engineering and product teams to deliver efficiently and at scale. In his free time, he spends time hiking, woodworking, cooking, and with his kids. If you have any questions for Laku, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lakuad/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:20
August 04, 2022
Cindy Chu - Growing your engineering team with diversity in mind
Highlights of my conversation with Cindy: Starting as the only female engineering hire in a startup Bring up diversity hiring plans before you are hired Transparency is at the center of inclusivity Putting women on interview panels is important, but making sure it’s not just a check box Be careful not to reward the wrong traits Advice for female engineers looking to move into management Ask for the opportunity; don’t wait for it Educational opportunities to move into STEM Meet: With over a decade of experience developing consumer web products, Cindy currently leads the engineering team at imgix. Previously, Cindy led the web and mobile engineering teams at Polyvore, which was acquired in 2015. She has a degree in computer science from Stanford. If you have any questions for Cindy, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindywangchu/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:34
July 28, 2022
Alonzo Benavides - Growing an engineering team at a (crypto-focused) information services company
Highlights of my conversation with Alonzo: Drivers for leaving a large public company for a startup Moving into the blockchain information space Trying to maximize time zone overlap in a remote-first strategy Avoiding information lag for remote employees Innovating the hiring process to fit your needs Throwing out the 2-week sprint and redesigning the process Building autonomous teams and trust Meet: Alonzo is SVP of Engineering at The Block and is focused on leading the Product Development department through the Growth stage. He is responsible for building software and data products that enhance users' experience while supporting the business as it grows and scales. Before joining The Block, Alonzo was Vice President of Software Engineering at Mastercard Data & Services. He is passionate about technology, innovation, people leadership, investing, and entrepreneurship. Alonzo earned dual degrees in Computer Science and Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and is committed to working in the Blockchain & Digital Assets space at this stage in his career. If you have any questions for Alonzo, please feel free to reach out via: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alonzobenavides/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/zobenavides I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
44:24
July 26, 2022
Jeff Gabriel - Balancing research and coding in the research (machine learning) space
Highlights of my conversation with Jeff: An idea can come from a one-off problem or a long-term strategic issue to tackle Relationship between research and product management Impact on roadmaps Investment grows as you prove the value Moving from research to POC When a hypothesis doesn’t work out (building corporate memory) Finding the balance in an engineer between implementing and researching Nurturing the kernel of an idea Meet: Jeff Gabriel has been delivering software one way or another for the last couple of decades and is now primarily focused on helping our teams to deliver high-value products for customers of DataRobot's machine learning platform. When not at work, Jeff likes to spend time with his wife and their three grown children whenever they can get hold of them. If you have any questions for Jeff, please feel free to reach out via: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-gabriel-88395b/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:18
July 21, 2022
Fabian Frank - Planning for and hiring the right mix of technical talent
Highlights of my conversation with Fabian: Hiring the best talent vs a specific seniority level Hiring “scrappy” technologists Allowing your senior engineers to grow Calibrate team mix based on organizational goals Find a balance as you need to shift your hiring needs (avoid whiplash) A roadmap update shouldn’t require a complete alteration of the hiring plan Revisiting interview questions quarterly as you grow your team Meet: Fabian Frank is the VP of Engineering at Airkit, a customer experience automation platform. Before Airkit, Fabian worked at Salesforce and Yahoo. If you have any questions for Fabian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fabianfrank87 I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
30:33
July 19, 2022
Dehron Hite-Benson - Spirit vs letter of the law in Agile
Highlights of my conversation with Dehron: Be an advocate for your engineers Typing methodology changes to values People want scrum to drive autonomy and accountability Let people make mistakes to drive better project management skills Culture is an “output” (ask the why) Use bottom-up feedback Giving away control leads to a better scrum team Pilot ideas (tweaks vs grenades) Meet: Dehron Hite-Benson is an engineering leader with driving engineering teams. He is focused on the future of our software technologies and resource needs, as well as the governance model that drives everything. At the time of this recording, Dehron was working at DroneUp If you have any questions for Dehron, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dehron I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests or know someone that might want to be on the show.
30:46
July 14, 2022
Jose Asuncion - Growing your team from startup stage to publicly-traded company
Highlights of my conversation with Jose: Being promoted into a role too quickly Continuing education to grow and enhance leadership skills It's important to have strong routines within a team Identifying patterns and focusing on the optimal ones Consistent processes help establish team expectations Identify your hiring gap and find the strongest person to cover that Searching for your next hire might not always offer the team the best value Adding to your organization's core competencies by being able to identify future superstars Meet: For the past three years, Jose Asuncion has been honing the art and science of building software engineering teams that look corporate but carry a killer instinct. He was an early employee at two Silicon Valley startups that had successful exits of more than $100M. He still works at one of these companies and is enjoying the challenge of blazing new trails in engineering management. If you have any questions for Jose, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeunito I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:08
July 07, 2022
Amin Lakhani - Should you elevate your best engineer to be a manager?
Highlights of my conversation with Amin: Attributes of a strong engineer Technical excellence doesn’t always mean being the best coder Impacting the overall organization is a key attribute of a manager Empathy is a key attribute of technical leadership Look for opportunities to affect the larger organization Enabling collaboration between managers and principal engineers Having “operational rigor” Meet: Amin Lakhani is the Director of Software Engineering at ServiceLink after spending the previous three years at Microsoft. He has an undergraduate degree from DePaul University in Math and Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Illinois. If you have any questions for Amin, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amin-lakhani/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
22:58
June 30, 2022
Leon Fayer - Navigating engineering career and leadership growth
Highlights of my conversation with Leon: Is moving into management the right next step for an employee Create opportunities for an employee to gain some exposure to management Helping employees navigate different career tracks Finding the best fit for people you manage The (possibly false) allure of moving into management Keep evolving and growing your own managerial skills Easier to take an opportunity to lead than wait for it to be given Meet: Leon Fayer is a Vice President of Engineering at Teaching Strategies, a leader in early childhood education. He is a veteran technologist with over two decades of expertise focused on developing, architecting, and operating complex systems in support of organizational growth. Over his professional career, Leon worked with some of the most world-renowned organizations and agencies such as National Geographic, MTV, Wikipedia, Vodafone, White House, Toyota, and Soul Cycle.  Leon is also a published author and an industry-renowned public speaker, writing and presenting on topics of industry trends and best practices, sharing his experience related to designing and operating technology-first organizations at scale. If you have any questions for Leon, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/papa_fire https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonfayer I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
22:47
June 23, 2022
Neil Bhay - Evolving from smaller to larger engineering teams
Highlights of my conversation with Neil: Stakeholder’s level of technical sophistication impacts the level of planning Importance of the relationship with the product team Envisioning the team's growth past the current state Incubating a team until they are able to stand on their own Avoiding being too tactical Finding opportunities to piggyback new features into the existing work Helping new team members buy into the vision by providing the history behind the team/company Documentation will help the onboarding process Avoiding the walled garden when implementing a squad structure Combining project management and release management Every squad has 3 owners to drive quality (product, engineering, release) Meet: Neil Bhay is the CTO of TuneCore, a global platform for independent musicians.  He joined TuneCore in 2018 with the mission to scale and introduce enterprise-level best practices to TuneCore’s organizational structure & technology stack. He evolved an original team of 6 & established agile processes to oversee remote/local teams of 65+ in IT, QA, Release Mgmt, DevOps & Engineering in operations of office, cloud infrastructure & web/native app development. Neil comes from a history of managing enterprise technology teams at Viacom and HBO and, before that applying those same skills in start-up environments which contributed to his expertise in growing and organizing teams towards product delivery. If you have any questions for Neil, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilbhay/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
32:39
June 16, 2022
Round Table 1 - Focusing on hiring while retaining your talent
Topics we covered: Retaining Top Talent Understanding your employees before it's too late Safe Spaces Are more Engineering Managers better? Hypergrowth Hiring Diversity Hiring Time spent on Talent Acquisition? Offers strategy Meet the guests: Kirby Frugia - https://www.mural.co/blog/meet-kirby-frugia Kirby Frugia is MURAL’s SVP of Engineering and is responsible for Product Engineering, DevOps, and Data Engineering. He joined the company in October 2020, and since then, he has grown his team from 48 MURAListas to over 200. Kirby first got into software engineering because he loves problem-solving and making things easier for people — whether that’s a process, a tool, or an experience. He’s always looking for ways to unlock someone’s creativity or ability to do more with what’s in front of them. Ken Pickering - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenpickering/ Ken Pickering is the SVP of Engineering at Starburst Data, where he's looking to help companies make better, faster decisions on more complete data. Before that, he was the CTO of Hopper and made travel easy and affordable. David Ting - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dting David Ting joined Nylas from Flexport, where he led platform Engineering. David brings nearly 30 years of experience leading high-performance engineering teams for companies as diverse as Yahoo!, IBM, and Activision | Blizzard. I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
42:42
June 09, 2022
Felix Sargent - How to deal with “code smell” ie technical debt
Highlights of my conversation with Felix: Technical debt is a warning sign Liability in the code is not the same as technical debt Dealing with “code smell” Trying to quantify technical debt You need cause to dive into technical debt Very important to set your standards Define when things are “done” Why are you digging into the code? What things are and what they should be Meet: Felix Sargent is a Sr Software Engineering Manager at Truework. He has years of experience working on high-throughput platforms at scale. He’s been part of the larger tech community since 2008, and has driven industry-wide conversations around flexible product management, API design, managing technical debt, and building engineering teams. He believes teams work best when they feel safe, and are well equipped for their challenging work. His specialties are backend product and engineering management, developer tools, cloud infrastructure, containers, and deployment pipelines. He’s great at taking existing platforms and scaling them up to be more reliable, secure, and performant. He loves digging into obscure business logic and simplifying workflows. If you have any questions for Felix, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/felixsargent/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
21:18
June 02, 2022
Jeff Smith - Understanding how the CTO role will evolve as the team scales and grows
Highlights of my conversation with Jeff: Wanting to join a company to impact individual lives Adjusting to a HIPAA regulated industry Understanding all aspects of data flow Evolving to the strategic impact of the CTO role and shedding some hats (the last one being VP of Engineering) Switching between the different hats (strategic vs technical) Creating an organizational plan to balance the tech stack and career opportunities for growth Meet: Jeff has been working in the technology space for over 20 years as everything from a software engineer, chief architect, Vice President of Engineering, and Chief Technology Officer. As the CTO at Octave, he will be expanding and scaling our world-class team of software engineers, evolving our architecture for scale, and guiding our technology to make the lives of clinicians and clients better. Prior to joining Octave Jeff was in the Wellness space with TrueCoach, as well as the Enterprise SaaS space with Rally Software. When not working, he can be found enjoying everything Colorado has to offer, including snowboarding, hiking, and cycling. If you have any questions for Jeff, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefmsmit I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
20:51
May 26, 2022
Nikhil Desai - Employee engagement in the engineering space
Highlights of my conversation with Nikhil: It takes a village (people, executives, everyone) for employee engagement to be successful Providing employees with safe spaces Leveraging trends from survey data (NPS style) Empower managers to align with individuals and their teams Allow teams to make decentralized decisions on how they implement certain processes Onboarding is a critical piece and starts before the start date Meet: Nikhil Desai is an experienced software engineer with 15+ years of global high tech and FinTech experience. He is passionate about creating products that provide real value to customers and significantly impact society. He has worked on product development for the LendingClub platform, Citrix GoToMeeting, and several other high-scale software products and services. Recently, leading 60+ engineers at Earnest, a FinTech company focused on solving interesting problems in the student loans space If you have any questions for Nikhil, please feel free to reach out via: www.linkedin.com/in/nikhildesai I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:23
May 19, 2022
Ray Espinoza - Surveying and assessing the confidence in your security team
Highlights of my conversation with Ray: Historically security was done in the shadows Everyone is a partner to the security team Give people a sense of ownership and their part in the security program Drive surveys using tactical questions Do employees have confidence in the security team handling relevant issues If you have an external service, you should be thinking of security Go back and resurvey after incorporating security changes Share the security survey results with everyone and be transparent Meet: Meet: Ray Espinoza is CISO at Inspectiv. At the time of recording, he was the VP of Cloud Security at Medallia. Before Medallia, Ray was CISO at Cobalt.io, a pentest-as-a-service company. Ray also drove third-party cloud security across Amazon's retail business. He also held VP and CISO roles with Atmosera and Proofpoint and various security leadership positions at Workday, Cisco Systems, and eBay. If you have any questions for Ray, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ray-espinoza-b399821/ https://twitter.com/rayespinozasec I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
26:02
May 12, 2022
Dhara Patel - Visibility and ROI of internal platforms/shared services
Highlights of my conversation with Dhara: Try to adopt a product mindset for shared services Measure value in a tangible way Focus on developer adoption as a metric Direct impact on development life cycle Celebrating for the team With technical customers, a technical product manager would be helpful Get client stakeholder engagement to understand and drive platform requirements Building awareness around initiatives Meet: Dhara Patel is SVP of Engineering, leading multiple groups building product platforms at Kinesso. She has industry experience in SaaS products and leading engineering teams in hyper-growth environments. Throughout her experience, she has led various platforms, services, data-centric products, and SaaS applications at scale. Before joining Kinesso, she led various engineering and product groups at Twilio and Citrix, building enterprise insights products, developer platforms, internal tools, and applications. She is passionate about leadership and enjoys working in areas where business meets engineering and innovation. If you have any questions for Dhara, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dharapateldesai/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
22:07
May 05, 2022
John Wilson - Establishing an analytics Center of Excellence
Highlights of my conversation with John: Establishing an analytics Center of Excellence Using a hub and spoke model as a service provider to the business Hiring analysts with a consultative mindset Consistently delivering solutions to build long term trust Juggling the delivery roadmap to meet business needs Meet: Currently Director for Analytics at Brookdale Senior Living, John is an expert in digital transformation and data strategy. He leads organizations through growth and development of business analytics practices, primarily in service-oriented industries such as healthcare. As a result, John's work has delivered ROI and winning strategies for companies in the business of people. John holds a BA from Occidental College and MBA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he lives with his family. If you have any questions for John, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/johnawilsontn https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnawilson/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
19:29
April 28, 2022
Joshua White - SRE: Getting involved in business discussions earlier
Highlights of my conversation with Joshua: Educating the organization on the benefits of improved reliability and observability capabilities Setting up an SRE book club The answer isn’t always “do what Google does” Wearing your on-call “pain suit” Getting involved in business discussions earlier Sometimes it's about showing out the team’s abilities (celebrating the wins) SRE has always been a culture shift Asking for the right outcomes and letting things shift SRE is a core business partner If you have any questions for Joshua, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coderjoshua/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
29:13
April 21, 2022
Sagar Anand - Different personas have their own definition of quality within the software development process
Highlights of my conversation with Sagar: Different personas have their own definition of quality Quality is baked in by shifting the process left The QA team is involved in planning and grooming Developers spend half of the sprint on QA Each pod is a self-sufficient team Meet: Sagar Anand works as a Sr Engineering Manager at Twin Health, leading the Platform team to help reverse chronic metabolic diseases. He takes pride in building customer-centric products while cultivating a positive culture & team spirit. Before Health Tech, he developed marketplaces & Big data platforms for different industries, including RPA and Enterprise Software. If you have any questions for Sagar, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanand1989/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
26:41
April 07, 2022
Ken Pickering - Preparing to scale: Being deliberate about who and what you are
Highlights from my chat with Ken: Being deliberate about who and what you are Doubling a team and the change in how a team operates Incorporating different technical skill sets Bringing in external expertise and disseminating the knowledge Opening information silos and increasing transparency Meet: Ken Pickering is the VP of Engineering at Starburst Data, where he's looking to help companies make better, faster decisions on more complete data. Before that, he was the CTO of Hopper and made travel easy and affordable. If you have any questions for Ken, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenpickering/ https://twitter.com/kpick I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
21:40
March 31, 2022
Brian Jackson - Determining which technical skills you can be more flexible filtering on
Highlights from my conversation with Brian: Niche industry but not niche skills Working with other teams to partner where there is a skills gap Realizing which parts of the tech stack you can “let go” to broaden the candidate pool Software engineering foundations go a long way Building an ecosystem around the Windows platform Meet: Brian Jackson ​​is a DevOps advocate currently helping create immersive Star Wars experiences at Lucasfilm. Currently, Brian is the Manager of DevOps Engineering at Lucasfilm. Previously helped Apple Pay and ESPN.com be more productive through delivery automation. If you have any questions for Brian, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/jaxzin https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianrjackson/ https://www.instagram.com/jaxzin/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
21:20
March 24, 2022
Kinshuk Mishra - Leading engineering teams in a strategic way while your startup is on a hyper-growth trajectory
Highlights of my conversation with Kinshuk: Bell curve of seniority on the team Monitoring the manager to engineering ratio; targetting 1:5 Promoting people into management roles leads to internal credibility to lead the team Building an engineering program to give back to the organization Many times career frameworks are introduced too late in the hyper-growth phase Cedar’s Distinguished Engineer Program (DEP): https://decode.cedar.com/our-engineering-growth-framework/ Meet: Kinshuk Mishra leads the product engineering and data teams at Cedar in his role as VP, Engineering. Cedar is a healthcare financial engagement platform that addresses all of the challenges consumers face when paying for care. Kinshuk started his career as a backend engineer in Seattle working for Expedia and Amazon for the first few years of his career. He then joined as one of the founding engineers of Spotify’s Ads Engineering team in NYC, and witnessed the hyper-growth of Spotify’s product and the organization during his stint leading the Ads Engineering team—learning the strategies one needs to navigate a rapidly scaling company. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to lead engineering for a small startup in the video communication space, Houseparty. And just prior to Cedar, Kinshuk led teams at YouTube in the music streaming space. Through his experience of managing teams at companies large and small, he has learned valuable management lessons through both successes and failures. If you have any questions for Kinshuk, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kinshukmishra/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
24:29
March 17, 2022
Arie Polycarpou - Managing digital analytics and AB testing at a major consumer facing business
Some of what Arie covers: The rising importance of AB testing Measuring the impact of localization AB testing relationship with product management Archive testing recommendations as a knowledge repository Meet: Arie Polycarpou is the Manager of Digital Analytics and A/B Testing at Total Wine & More. He was raised in the Midwest and attended Indiana University Kelley School of Business with Majors in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, but was always interested in a career in business insights. He has worked in Digital Analytics and A/B Testing for the last 5+ years with experience in major B2C Industries. He has helped to build up A/B Testing practices into full-scale programs with a 10x increase in velocity and statistical rigor. In his current role at Total Wine & More, Arie works with his team to translate business insights into tangible ideas to improve the business If you have any questions for Arie, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariepolycarpou/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
22:33
March 10, 2022
Christian Yang - Building predictable roadmaps
Some of what Christian covers: Horizontal service teams enable and collaborate The balancing point between innovation and confidence in roadmaps Timeboxing approach to provide capped flexibility to explore Rotational engineering programs grow cross-functional relationships Integrating the learned knowledge from the rotational engineering program Creating a feedback loop via a service-oriented mindset Using the Focused Innovation pillar Meet: Christian Yang is an engineering manager at Zoox for two software infrastructure teams: High-Performance Compute and 3D Vehicle Run Visualization Platform If you have any questions for Christian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yang-christian/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:20
March 03, 2022
Dina Bruzek - Building safe spaces to allow people to be heard
Some of what Dina talks about: Finding a way to connect with your team in a way you haven’t before Building safe spaces to allow people to be heard All slack channels are public Create a culture committee to have employees be a part of the solution Break down assumptions that have been made Time and space introduce attribution error Meet: Dina Bruzek has over 31 years of experience in technology with more than 23 years of experience leading teams in the development of market-leading cybersecurity products. At Huntress Labs, Dina is Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering and is responsible for guiding the execution of the company’s product strategy across the engineering and product management groups to bring enterprise-grade solutions to Mid-Market and SMB partners. Prior to joining Huntress Labs, Dina was also the SVP of Product and Engineering at NSS Labs and The Media Trust. Prior to that, Dina led Cisco’s Network Threat Defense (NTD) group, where she was responsible for a $1.5 billion product portfolio. Dina joined Cisco through the 2013 acquisition of Sourcefire for $2.7 billion. At Cisco, she led the company’s strategy to deliver the first threat-focused next-generation firewall. In addition, she led the integration of the Sourcefire and Cisco development teams and the agile transformation of the development and test organizations to form the NTD group, which consisted of more than 800 engineers. Before joining Cisco, Dina was the Vice President of Product Development at Sourcefire, where she was responsible for software and hardware development for Sourcefire network security products. She has also held various technical, strategic, and management roles in Internet security at Secure Computing Corporation and Network Associates. She started her career as a communications systems engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Dina holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. If you have any questions for Dina, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dina-bruzek-997941/ https://twitter.com/dbruzek I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
19:31
February 24, 2022
Cliff Kim - Data as an indicator & storytelling in analytics
What Cliff covers: Data as an indicator Don’t put process above purpose Data-driven culture Using analytics to frame the story Storytelling in analytics Time for the data plumbing Meet: Cliff Kim brings more than 10 years of experience to his role as Director of Insights and Analytics for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers, and distributors. A digital storyteller, Cliff is dedicated to growing Fender's physical and digital business through data-driven insights, conversion rate optimization, marketing, and product analytics, and continuous consumer research. During his tenure at Fender, Cliff helped build PlayThrough, an initiative where Fender offered a free three-month subscription of Fender Play®, the complete online learning app for guitar, bass, and ukulele, to support the community during social distancing. This initiative brought nearly one million new players to the app. He also led a study that brought insights into how the guitar business has changed because of these new players. Learnings from the data gathered helped the team launch Beginners Hub, a network of online resources that includes every tool a new player needs to start, stick with and eventually master their guitar, bass, or ukulele. Prior to joining Fender, Cliff held leadership roles at Live Nation Entertainment, ESPN, Yahoo!, among others. He is a UC Riverside alumni and currently resides in Los Angeles California. If you have any questions for Cliff, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliffkim/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
23:21
February 18, 2022
Nilesh Nimkar - Joining a fast-growing NFT startup
Some of what Nilesh talks about: Joining a fast-growing NFT startup Managing blockchain at scale More freedom to build Greenfield Factors to consider selecting the tech stack Constantly measuring and sizing Watching the growth and emerging tech in the NFT space Meet: Nilesh Nimkar has 23+ years of experience in FinTech specializing in Blockchain Technologies, Cloud Native Architecture, DevSecOps, and Technology Management at Scale. He currently works as Sr. Director of DevSecOps at Voice.com If you have any questions for Nilesh, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimkar/ https://twitter.com/nimkar I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
26:17
February 10, 2022
Guillaume Binet - How to write safer code
Some of what Guillaume talks about: Equilibrium between people and process Culture of safety What happens when you don’t know how to test something Balancing innovation and safety Blameless post mortem Avoiding gaps in ownership Meet: Guillaume Binet is the Vice President of Software Infrastructure at Motional, a global leader in driverless technology. Guillaume’s 20-year career in technology spans multiple start-ups and established organizations, including over six years in the autonomous vehicle industry. Early in his career, Guillaume led Twilio’s API team and Google’s App Engine team, helping both organizations scale and grow at a rapid pace. In 2016, Guillaume joined the self-driving industry, first at Uber ATG, starting the organization’s software performance team, and then Argo, where he helped pioneer the concept of a Robotics Infrastructure team to bridge the gap between autonomy research and applied software on a real-time system. He joined Motional in 2020 to oversee the development of its vehicles’ on-board and off-board infrastructure. In his positions, Guillaume has managed global teams of 100+ engineers. He holds multiple patents under his name. Raised in Paris, Guillaume developed a passion for computers and automotive technology at a young age. Along with his professional career, Guillaume has received his pilot's license and competes in car and sailboat racing. If you have any questions for Guillaume, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gbinet I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
25:18
February 03, 2022
Swarna Mani - DevOps maturity affects the skill sets you need to hire for
Some of what Swarna talks about: Understanding DevOps maturity prior to starting a new position Defining separation between backend and DevOps teams DevOps maturity impacts the skills you need to hire for Meet: Swarna Mani is the Head of DevOps at Datavant. She formed and led the DevSecOps team at Guidewire. Swarna started her career in telecom software as a developer. Her passion is problem-solving. Her experience as a developer helps her to enable DevOps and approach it with a mindset to solve Ops issues using software. Swarna holds a BS in Electronics and Communications from the University of Madras, MS in Software Systems from BITS, Pilani, and a Diploma in Management Essentials from Harvard Business School. If you have any questions for Swarna, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/swarna-mani-a815402/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
21:16
January 27, 2022
Brian Hosie - Technical asset development not technical debt
Some of what Brian talks about: Developers own the QA process Adding sand in the gears Technical asset development (technical debt) explained as a positive experience TAD is nothing to be ashamed about Service intervals to make sure you have scheduled a “monthly oil change” to address framework/language updates Meet: Brian Hosie has worked for a decade helping small businesses owners to succeed, grow and thrive. He's passionate about building tech that solves real problems for real people. Over his 15 year career in technology, he has led and grown several highly functioning engineering teams that deliver on time without heroics or 2 AM death marches. Brian currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Lendio, the largest online marketplace for small business lending in the United States. If you have any questions for Brian, please feel free to reach out via: https://linkedin.com/in/bhosie I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
19:36
January 20, 2022
Jeff Vier - Upscaling the relationship between testing and SRE
Some of what Jeff talks about: Upscaling the relationship between testing and SRE Ensuring the quality of the platform Being error-free is the lowest bar The first mandate is to protect the health of the production environment Moving from quality assurance to quality engineering Meet: Jeff Vier - Technical Operations Leader.  Metrics enthusiast.  Testing evangelist. If you have any questions for Jeff, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffvier/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
25:42
January 13, 2022
Jeff Byrnes - Leaving the startup world for an enterprise organization
Some of what Jeff talks about: Making the decision to move to a larger organization Making decisions when things aren’t greenfield Finding interesting opportunities by uncovering legacy work Managing technical debt within a larger organization Meet: Jeff Byrnes is the SRE Manager at athenahealth. Jeff is a musician turned web dev turned ops/infrastructure engineer turned engineering manager. If you have any questions for Jeff, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/thejeffbyrnes https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffbyrnes https://www.instagram.com/jeffbyrnes I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
24:15
January 06, 2022
Ali Hosseinkhani - Moving from Scrum to Kanban; Factoring remote into the hiring process
Some of what Ali talks about: Handling the hiring process to overcome the challenges of hiring remote Adjusting the software development process to minimize the impact of employees that might leave Paying attention to context switching Building a team post-pandemic Shifting the development process from Scrum to Kanban Meet: Ali Hosseinkhani is the Director of Software Engineering at Next Trucking leading four teams focusing on data engineering, machine learning, platform application development, and infrastructure. If you have any questions for Ali, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kosarh/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
30:04
December 16, 2021
Chad Sanderson - The growth of the data platform product manager role
Chad dives into everything data platform product management including: Why does your org need a data product manager Origin of where the role comes from Measuring the impact of the data platform product manager What to look for in hiring a data platform PM Take advantage of internal-facing PM roles Meet: Chad Sanderson is the Head of Product for Convoy’s Data Platform team, which includes the data warehouse, streaming, BI and visualization, experimentation, machine learning, and data discovery. If you have any questions for Chad, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-sanderson/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
35:17
December 09, 2021
Juan Pablo Buriticá - People grow linearly; organizations grow exponentially
Some of what Juan Pablo talks about: Lean into potential An early-stage startup can take risks to let people grow into roles Hiring someone with experience means you are hiring someone that has already made mistakes Experience can be a double-edged sword People grow linearly; organizations grow exponentially Interviewing is part of building software and you must account for that process Meet: Juan Pablo Buriticá is a software engineering leader who has built and led distributed teams at companies like Stripe and Splice. He currently leads Engineering at Ritchie Bros, is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and lives in New York City. After a decade of building distributed engineering teams, he compiled his experience in The Holloway Guide to Remote Work. Juan Pablo has built high-performing software engineering organizations by emphasizing Open Source software values, technical excellence, trust, and empathy. He has also organized more than 10 software engineering conferences in the US & Latin America, founded multiple JavaScript meetups, and led the creation and growth of Colombia’s JavaScript community, now one of the largest Spanish-speaking JS communities in the world. His favorite food group is empanadas. If you have any questions for Juan Pablo, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/buritica/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
23:06
December 02, 2021
Trenton Huey - Managing and executing within a highly matrixed environment
Key takeaways: Gap analysis to forecast data pipeline needs Work backward from the end-user point of view Every system has to have some human involvement Going beyond the initial scope of work to learn about a new industry Working with stakeholders to help them understand what goes into getting analytics to them Meet:  Trenton Huey is the Director of Data at Vida Health, which provides access to therapists, registered dietitians, and health coaches for mental and physical health conditions. His team drives innovation, clinical outcomes, and business growth through machine learning, AI, and reporting and analytics. If you have any questions for Trenton, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trentonhuey/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
19:48
November 19, 2021
Aniket Soneji - Focus your team's activities on work that can't be outsourced via third-party services
Key takeaways: Optimize resource allocation by examining maturing applications Find ways to offload activities to 3rd party services to help scale Being remote requires an open work culture Meet:  Aniket Soneji is passionate about solving the world's most important and difficult problems with innovative engineering solutions. He holds multiple engineering degrees from UC Berkeley, and spent his first few years in technology consulting, helping clients across the US build-out and scale their IoT and Analytics platforms. He currently serves as the VP of Engineering at AutoGrid, where his team is building the software to help support, optimize and monetize today's energy transition. If you have any questions for Aniket, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aniket-m-soneji/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
22:35
November 11, 2021
Brent Goldman - Treating engineering management as a type of engineering
Some of what Brent talks about: Engineering management is made up of complex systems Provide your team with a playbook and make sure the playbook is being executed People are the most complex system Build up engineering management systems and refactor Meet: Brent Goldman is the VP of Engineering at Sisu Data, the industry's first decision intelligence engine helping companies make better business decisions with data. Prior to Sisu, Brent was an engineering director at Uber, where he founded and led teams responsible for dispatch, pricing, self-driving cars, measurement & inference platforms, and more. Before Uber, Brent co-founded Standard Treasury,  a YC-backed enterprise API banking platform acquired by SVB. Brent started his career at Facebook as an early engineer building the third-party Developer Platform, and he earned a B.S. in Computer Science & Economics from Caltech. Outside of work, Brent is an active angel investor with a portfolio of ~100 startups, as well as a conceptual artist building electronic & experiential art. If you have any questions for Brent, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brentgoldman I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
15:31
November 04, 2021
Gil Feig - Integrations have expanded opportunities for end users and software companies
In this episode, Gil talks about the impact that prebuilt integrations have on an organization and how these integrations have expanded opportunities for both end-users and software companies.  Meet: Gil Feig is the co-founder of Merge. Previously the Head of Engineering at Canvas, he’s led projects at Wealthfront and LinkedIn. A graduate of Columbia University, Gil lives and works in San Francisco. If you have any questions for Gil, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gilfeig/ https://twitter.com/GilFeig I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
18:12
October 28, 2021
Kirby Frugia - Developer autonomy to drive process improvement
What we talk about on this episode: “Ship Wow, Ship Now” mantra Developer autonomy to drive process improvement Using your “I intend to” voice Focus on delightful experiences, high-quality products and act with urgency Perceived vs actual velocity Meet: Kirby Frugia is MURAL’s SVP of Engineering and is responsible for Product Engineering, DevOps, and Data Engineering. He joined the company in October 2020 and since then, he has grown his team from 48 MURAListas to over 200. Kirby first got into software engineering because he loves problem-solving and making things easier for people — whether that’s a process, a tool, or an experience. He’s always looking for ways to unlock someone’s creativity or ability to do more with what’s in front of them. Over the course of his career, Kirby has worked at numerous companies, including Hewlett-Packard, InVision, and New Relic, where he’s built both products and teams. While at HP, he built software for digital printing presses and realized his passion for managing teams. From HP, he transitioned to New Relic, where he found his niche growing and helping teams adapt to a high-growth start-up environment while staying true to who they are as a company. For Kirby, building products and building teams have something in common: They both involve a firm sense of the company’s values, scaling processes and practices, and lots of communication and listening. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and computer science from Oregon State University. He lives near Portland, Oregon. If you have any questions for Kirby, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/kfrugia https://www.linkedin.com/in/kfrugia/ https://www.mural.co/blog/meet-kirby-frugia I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:05
October 21, 2021
Chris White - When do you start a formal product organization?
Key takeaways: Define when you should look to formalize the product role Look for a bottleneck in the decision-making process Creating an opportunity for people on the team to grow into new roles Look to internal staff to promote people into product positions Growing into a new role means owning the decisions and learning opportunities Meet:  Chris White is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Prefect, overseeing the design and implementation of the next generation of data workflow automation systems. Chris began his journey into data tooling while getting his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, where he researched optimization guarantees for highly non-convex data-driven problems. Throughout his career, Chris has gained experience in a diverse number of roles - teacher, researcher, data scientist, software engineer, sales engineer, and security officer to name a few. In his spare time, he is an avid runner and loves spending time in the ocean. If you have any questions for Chris, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/whitecdw https://twitter.com/markov_gainz I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
23:04
October 14, 2021
Hamed Ahmadi - Scaling engineering teams within Life Sciences Industry
Key takeaways: Overcoming the perceptions of the healthcare and life sciences industry Mission-driven aspects of the industry is a massive draw from high-tech companies Ramping up on nomenclature Moving fast and saving lives Software engineering becoming a competitive advantage rather than a service organization Meet:  Over the past 15 years, Hamed Ahmadi has contributed to many software products in various industries impacting millions of users with very diverse needs. To name a few, Microsoft Visual Studio, Office & Windows, the data acquisition & monitoring systems for the largest fleet of renewable energy power plants in the world, the infrastructure and software systems for two pioneer Life Sciences companies leading the development of novel blood-based genomic tests for diagnosing the cause of cancer and infectious diseases. Hamed is passionate about our environment and positive social impact, which is projected in his work, volunteering activities, and photography as his hobby when not working on software systems. If you have any questions for Hamed, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hamedahmadi I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
24:14
October 07, 2021
Bill Press - Product velocity and delivering with quality
Key takeaways: Product velocity and delivering with quality Strategic technical debt - making the trade-off of customer acquisition vs robust code Focusing on strategic projects to pay down debt Early-stage startups have external pressures that drive growth Shifting from sales-driven growth to product management driven growth Meet:  Bill Press is the SVP of Engineering at Iterable. He is an accomplished technology leader with over a dozen years in enterprise and on-demand software. He has strong leadership skills and deep technological background. Bill has a proven track record for shepherding organizations through technological and cultural shifts, for building strong, collaborative teams, and for directing a broad range of ambitious projects to high quality, on-time delivery. If you have any questions for Bill, please feel free to reach out via: http://linkedin.com/in/billpress I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
22:17
September 30, 2021
Daniel Hood - Talk about process changes and explain the reasons behind them
Key takeaways: Talk about process changes and explain the reasons behind them Going through acquisition and staying agile Looking to managers as the canary in the coal mine Getting the team to leverage dashboards/metrics Anchor points to review the relevancy of metrics Meet:  Daniel Hood is the Director of Engineering at Action Network, a sports media company focused on delivering data, news, and analytics to fans and sports bettors.  Over the past decade, he has worked as both a developer and a manager to build and design engaging digital media products at scale.  Daniel graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in computer science. If you have any questions for Daniel, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-h-9aa77634/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
21:10
September 23, 2021
Rashu Garg - Bringing innovation to the business and measuring its impact
Key takeaways: Balancing innovation with what is needed Managing stakeholder expectations and “excitement” Technology and business stakeholder partnership is key to success Meet:  Rashu Garg is the SVP and Enterprise Head of Data Products at Regions Bank. If you have any questions for Rashu, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rashu-garg-93249812/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
18:05
September 16, 2021
Mike Ganz: Focusing on solving the right problem, not the most difficult
Key takeaways: Focusing on solving the right problem, not the most difficult Define the “north” star Seeing the most impactful project Positioning the need to deal with the “plumbing” before you seeing the reporting Meet:  Mike Ganz is a leader in the data space, currently serving as Senior Director of Data & Analytics at Optoro. There he focuses his time on differentiating Optoro's products through data and ensuring that the most difficult returns problems retailers and the environment face today are met with dynamic and robust data solutions. Prior to joining Optoro, Mike worked as an Engagement Manager at Applied Predictive Technologies, which was later acquired by Mastercard. In that role he helped Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries design, implement, and measure the impact of business experiments. Mike holds a BSE in Systems Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. If you have any questions for Mike, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-ganz-23989955/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
24:05
September 09, 2021
Thor Clark - Never a perfect process, but the right process for the stage you are at
Key takeaways: Never a perfect process, but the right process for the stage you are at Making an investment into a more efficient process The time horizon gest longer as you grow and mature Meet:  Thor Clark is a senior technology executive with broad experience building and leading engineering and product teams in public and private companies and has multiple successful exits as technical co-founder and early employee. In addition to being the CTO at WELL, he also serves as an advisor at Burner (Ad Hoc Labs). Before joining WELL, he was CTO at TigerText, a comprehensive clinical communications solution, and previously VP of Engineering at Barracuda. If you have any questions for Thor, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thorclark I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:27
September 02, 2021
Kishore Aradhya - Connecting technology and business strategy
Key takeaways: Don’t be too technology-focused without identifying the customer value it should provide The “connecting tissue” isn’t always obvious Conversations around the “art of the possible” Meet: Kishore Aradhya is currently the Head of Data Engineering, AI & Data at Bose. If you have any questions for Kishore, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karadhya/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
16:45
August 26, 2021
Mark DiAntonio - Team behavior and measuring impact
Key takeaways: Team behavior and measuring impact Looking at a 3 sprint rolling average to gauge velocity Keeping the workplace fun by focusing on skill mastery and being given autonomy Modeling behavior on core values You want people to be truthful and speak up Meet: Mark DiAntonio is Vice President of Engineering at HqO, overseeing engineering operations and accelerating the development and delivery of innovative products. With twenty years of engineering expertise, he has a proven track record of building and leading successful engineering teams with a focus on innovation, agile processes, and great teamwork. Prior to HqO, Mark held senior-level positions at Promoboxx, DraftKings Inc., Warner Brothers Games, and Arthur J. Gallagher. During his time at DraftKings, Inc., Mark served as the Director of Engineering for Fantasy Sports, and then as VP, Head of Product, Media. In these roles, Mark successfully led his team through a period of extreme growth while also evolving their process to changing compliance and regulatory landscape. During his time at WB Games, Mark has been credited on game titles in the Warner Brothers Games digital platform group including Batman Arkham City, Gotham City Impostors, Mortal Kombat, Injustice, Shadows of Mordor, Cartoon Universe, Lord of the Rings Online, D&D online, and Infinite Crisis. If you have any questions for Mark, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-diantonio-578687a/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
24:20
August 19, 2021
Andy Owens - Hiring and scaling your analytics team
Key takeaways: Look at a job’s deliverables to find the right hire The new data analyst needs to understanding core CS concepts Don’t let the process define the hire If you have any questions for Andy, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/awowens/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
18:37
August 12, 2021
Barr Moses - Good data pipeline, “bad data” problem
Key takeaways: Good data pipeline, “bad data” problem Investing in data observability - it will cost you one way or the other Being proactive vs reactive Data engineering and data product manager would be best to own observability Meet:  Barr Moses is CEO & Co-Founder of Monte Carlo, a data reliability company backed by Accel, GGV, Redpoint, and other top Silicon Valley investors. Previously, she was VP Customer Operations at Gainsight, a management consultant at Bain & Company, and served in the Israeli Air Force as a commander of an intelligence data analyst unit. Barr graduated from Stanford with a B.Sc. in Mathematical and Computational Science. If you have any questions for Barr, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barrmoses/ https://twitter.com/BM_DataDowntime I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
22:13
August 05, 2021
Johnathan Hunt - Implementing Security Sooner (especially in DevOps)
Key takeaways: Ramifications of waiting to implement security Consider alignment before jumping to tools Look within your current team to see if skills are currently covered Tradeoffs of allocating resources to build tools vs buying Meet:  Johnathan Hunt is the VP of Security for GitLab, an open-source code repository and collaborative software development platform for large DevOps and DevSecOps projects.  He has been in the InfoSec and cybersecurity space for more than 20 years, and he has worked across several verticals including SaaS, financial, telecommunications, healthcare, government, and more. Johnathan is particularly passionate about bug bounty, supply chain security, and DevSecOps.  He has conducted many conference keynotes, podcasts, interviews, and blog series on these topics.  He holds numerous security certifications, has a master’s degree in information systems, and is currently pursuing a second master’s degree at Harvard University. If you have any questions for Johnathan, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnathanhunt/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
16:34
July 29, 2021
Anwar Reddick - Build vs buy in the security industry
Key takeaways: Build vs buy in the security industry Focusing on speed to get value out of tooling Avoiding tools that tie you into a rigid structure Carrying over Anwar’s software engineering background to security Meet: Anwar Reddick is a 15+ year computing technology veteran. He started his career in software engineering and computer science research and quickly pivoted into information security. He has security experience doing applied research and development, defending business technology assets, supporting business development, and leading compliance programs. After working in multiple verticals, contexts, and tech stacks, he has found a niche managing security teams and programs for cloud-native SMB technology product firms. He holds BS Computer Science and MS Information Security degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. If you have any questions for Anwar, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anwarreddick I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
21:14
July 22, 2021
Noah Beddome - Aligning the security roadmap to business objectives
Key takeaways: Aligning the security roadmap to business objectives Preparing for the initial requirements  assessment Making sure you understand what is important to the business and not just 1-2 people Assessing internal capabilities Iterating and collaborating on the roadmap Coming into the job with a blank slate view Meet:  Noah Beddome is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Opendoor, the leading digital real estate platform, where he is responsible for protecting the data and technology infrastructure as well as overseeing Opendoor’s information security program and IT. Noah has more than a decade of experience working in information security in enterprise and government environments. Most recently, he served as VP of Security Engineering and interim CISO for Datadog. Prior to that, Noah worked as the Practice Director for Strategic Infrastructure Services (SIS) at NCC Group, where he built and led the SIS practice. Noah began his career in security consulting, conducting assessments and penetration testing for several firms. He also served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. If you have any questions for Noah, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/noah-beddome-6b794940/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:15
July 15, 2021
Josh Scherbenski - Building and improving data quality through more testing
Key takeaways: Building and improving data quality through more testing Dividing work among geographically remote teams Quality decline as a symptom of team burnout Honing in on understanding the team's emotional and mental health Meet:  Josh Scherbenski is the VP of Data at Zeus Living, where he leads the analytics, machine learning, data engineering, and pricing teams. His teams are located here in the US and remotely in Singapore. He has more than a decade of experience working in the data science and engineering fields where he’s developed multiple data architectures and machine learning data products from end-to-end. Prior to Zeus, Josh worked for NASA as a program manager and space systems engineer. After leaving NASA, he went on to work for Google and a couple of other startups, including Glassdoor, where he was the company’s first data scientist. He has an MBA and a Master’s of Engineering in Space Systems. If you have any questions for Josh, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshscherbenski/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
23:24
July 08, 2021
Jason Wilcox - Engineers and the business value they generate
Key takeaways: Importance of having context around the greater pieces of what the business is doing Staying engaged in the business vision post-onboarding The 1-on-1 is the employees time Transparency helps employees stay aligned to the company vision Meet:  Jason Wilcox is head of technology for automotive services at Jerry. Jason leads teams using artificial intelligence and machine-learning-powered customer flows to develop software that makes managing vehicle financing and products easier. Jason brings 20 years of expertise in software design, development, information security, data security, data analytics, and subject matter knowledge in fintech to Jerry. A proven people leader, Jason was most recently Chief Technology Officer at RefiJet, where he led software development, information technology, and analytics teams. He’s also held leadership roles at LCS Financial Services, LenderLive, and Chess. Jason holds bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and physiological sciences from Marquette University. A lifelong learner, he also holds a master’s degree in strategic and competitive intelligence from the American Military University, a master’s degree in predictive analytics from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. If you have any questions for Jason, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wilcoxjasone/ https://twitter.com/jwilcoxdata https://amioraretheotherscrazy.substack.com/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
22:25
July 01, 2021
Brian Pivar - Transforming the data capabilities at Kraft Heinz
Key takeaways: Bringing modern tech thinking to a legacy company Moving away from a FAANG to a non-tech company Ability to move the needle Building agile pods aligned to company objectives Adjusting compensation and hiring strategies Meet:   Brian Pivar is the Senior Director of Data and Analytics at Kraft Heinz.  He has been at Kraft Heinz for over 2.5 years and is responsible for building out the data science, and business intelligence engineering teams from the ground up.  Previous to Kraft Heinz, he led the data and analytics org at Amazon Restaurants (think food delivery for Amazon...like a Door Dash or Uber Eats).  Previous to that he spent about 3 years at Uber in various strategy, analytics, and leadership roles.  Brian Graduated from Purdue with a degree in finance and a minor in computer science. If you have any questions for Brian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pivar/ https://twitter.com/pivar I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
43:24
June 24, 2021
Liran Eisenberg - Scaling your data engineering team
Top takeaways: Challenges around scaling data engineering teams Pros and cons of keeping job descriptions vague Waiting to make the “right” hire? Focusing on retention and career progression Meet: Liran Eisenberg is a forward-thinking Data Architect with 20 years of technical management experience guiding the development and design of enterprise database platforms for global organizations. Working both as a consultant and employee, oversee implementation of data architecture projects and platform solutions within highly regulated high-tech, financial, military, and health care sectors ranging from startups to large corporate enterprises. If you have any questions for Liran, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liraneisenberg/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
35:54
June 10, 2021
Anil Beniwal: Preparing to scale your engineering team
What you’ll learn: What to think about when you are looking to scale your engineering team Healthy tech debt to support fast growth 3 categories of tech debt Team design and growth ladders Meet:   Anil Beniwal is the Head of Engineering at Arcadia, an organization with the goal of accelerating the world's adoption of renewable energy. He was previously VP of Engineering at Betterment, an automated money management solution, and had spent the majority of his career in fintech. Anil cares a great deal about providing a safe and productive environment for engineers to do their best work and to drive the business forward. If you have any questions for Anil, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abeniwal/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
21:47
June 03, 2021
Anthony Girolamo: A good process should solve an acute problem
What you’ll learn: 1-way vs 2-way doors Making a transition from a FAANG to a startup A good process should solve an acute problem Meet:   Anthony Girolamo leads the product and engineering organization at FLEXE. His teams are responsible for the development of the FLEXE Technology Platform and the capabilities that set FLEXE apart. Prior to joining FLEXE, Anthony spent 9 years at Amazon as a senior technical leader of Amazon Fulfillment Technologies and Supply Chain Optimization Technologies. He also held senior software engineering positions at Microsoft and received both his BSE and MSE in Computer Science at the University of Michigan. If you have any questions for Anthony, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-girolamo-b3b21b2/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
19:07
June 01, 2021
Nate Loomis: High-performing teams and getting to Teal!
What you’ll learn: Very important to define stretch goals Leveraging eNPS - employee net promoter score Using employee net promoter score within your agile process Constantly tweaking and improving the methodology Getting to Teal! (Laloux Cultural Model) Meet:   Nate Loomis is a Director of Cloud Engineering at Ally Financial and Product Manager of the Cloud Patterns (Patterneers) squad.  At Ally, his squad is focused on patterns of automation that implement public cloud services and enhance the capabilities available to development teams from their workspace or the command line.  He has been a developer, architect, and various levels of manager throughout his career, always searching for new challenges.  His friends say he is now a #developer (commented out) but he still loves to tinker with new languages and tools.  He loves to hear from others and hopes you find this episode useful. What is Servant Leadership?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKk0AaaFqtU Simon Sinek on Inspiration: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action Laloux Cultural Model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Jc5aAJu9g If you have any questions for Nate, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nloomis/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
30:14
May 27, 2021
Mike Brittain - The looming retention problem: returning to the office
Top 3 takeaways: The looming retention problem - returning to the office Balancing team distribution via fewer time zones Adjusting salary bands to account for location and experience Meet: Mike Brittain is the VP of Engineering at Transfix, where he leads technology initiatives to build a simpler, smarter, and more sustainable freight ecosystem. His career in Internet software dates back to the late ‘90s and includes over 15 years in team leadership and executive roles. Mike played a significant role in building the team and shaping culture at Etsy over a 7-year period spanning pre and post-IPO phases. He lives with his wife and four kids in the Greater New York area. If you have any questions for Mike, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikebrittain I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
27:48
May 20, 2021
Dan Simon - Decisions as a bridge between ideation and execution
What you’ll learn: Decisions as a bridge between ideation and execution RACI decision-making Decisions can’t be made absent of context; Provide as much context as possible Meet: Dan Simon is currently the VP of Engineering at Qventus, a health care operations company.  In his capacity there he manages all aspects of engineering execution and operations, from application development to data science.  Prior to Qventus Dan held leadership roles in several startups across 8 different industries, including real estate software, security, social gaming, live event ticketing, and video platform.  He holds a bachelor’s in computer science and a bachelor’s in applied math from UC Davis. If you have any questions for Dan, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simondan/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
17:38
May 13, 2021
Chris Ieva - Military veterans are a hidden talent pipeline
What you’ll learn: - Adjusting to the differences in structure between private industry and the military - Valuing the importance of resource allocation - Dealing with the difference between training and education - When taking your first post-military role try to understand the importance of geography, industry, and function - Transitioning your network from the military to the private industry - Leveraging your “one last move” - Discovering the hidden talent in the military Meet: Chris Ieva is a retired Marine Corps Infantry Officer who now heads up Data Science for Anheuser-Busch. If you have any questions for Chris, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisieva I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
25:43
May 06, 2021
Romit Jadhwani - How to grow an agile data and analytics team
What you’ll learn: How to grow an agile data and analytics team Solving data discovery challenges to speed up productivity Agility vs velocity Providing data capabilities to more users Meet: Romit Jadhwani is the Head of Growth Analytics, Data Science, and Business Intelligence at Pinterest. Before Pinterest, he led the Ads Business Intelligence team at Google. Romit is passionate about helping companies grow and scale and is always looking for ideas and techniques to drive innovation and agility with analytics and data. He loves solving problems, whether it is helping a $1B+ company continue with its hyper-growth trajectory or teaching his young kids why it is important to eat all their vegetables. If you have any questions for Romit, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/romitjadhwani/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
27:56
April 29, 2021
Brian Berger - Re-aligning technical operations teams to company needs
What you’ll learn: Challenges in getting deep expertise in many areas Moving from a project focus to deeper subject matter expertise Moving towards intent-based leadership To learn more about Intent-Based Leadership - https://davidmarquet.com/ Meet: Brian Berger has served in a variety of Engineering and Operations leadership positions in IaaS and SaaS companies for 20+ years.  He works with organizations to improve delivery velocity and increase service reliability within and between Software Development and Operations organizations. He currently serves as Ping Identity’s Senior Director of Infrastructure Operations.  His teams are accountable for infrastructure services, reliability, and delivery pipelines for Ping’s Global SaaS Identity Management solutions serving over 60% of the Fortune 100. Prior to joining Ping Brian was Sr. Director of Engineering at Wellsky where he led  Software Development, Quality Assurance, and SRE programs for their Home Health, Hospice, and Private Duty Agency management SaaS offerings. If you have any questions for Brian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianberger/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:29
April 22, 2021
Chris Ieva - Connecting consumer experiences to the product
What you can take away from this episode: Connecting consumer experiences to the product Using alternative data-rich sources of information to increase understanding Considering indirect factors in consumer behavior Future technologies to capture additional consumer data points Meet: Chris Ieva is a retired Marine Corps Infantry Officer who now heads up Data Science for Anheuser-Busch. If you have any questions for Chris, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisieva I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
34:57
April 15, 2021
Mitch Trale - Growing an efficient, effective, and content distributed team
What we cover: Improving asynchronous communication Understanding where decisions are being made Establishing repeatable actions and rituals Leadership is about availability Part of the job of the leader is to tell the story and celebrate the team Meet: Mitch Trale is Head of Infrastructure at HackerOne -- the world's leading crowdsourced security platform. He is responsible for HackerOne's highly available, performant, and secure web application architecture. A hacker and startup technologist, Mitch has been building engineering teams and digital products for 20 years. If you have any questions for Mitch, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchtrale/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
23:32
April 08, 2021
Jonathan Jaffe: Growing and building your security capabilities
What you’ll learn: Growing and building your security capabilities Prioritizing the first cybersecurity hire Security tools and automation rather than shifting left Building relationships with security startups to expand capabilities Meet: Jonathan Jaffe, Lemonade Insurance's CISO. Jonathan's been practicing security since 1997. He has designed and installed the earliest internet-centric access control systems for airlines, banks, manufacturers, and tech companies. He has designed identity and access management systems for more than 45 companies since 1999. Jonathan is also a privacy attorney, taking a mid-career tangential detour to develop and prosecute the largest US privacy class action at the time against Facebook, protecting the privacy rights of billions of people and leading to the closure of Facebook's Sponsored Stories. Jonathan is a founding member of Silicon Valley CISO Investments, a group dedicated to advancing better security products for the benefit of all. Jonathan assists security start-ups by advising them on market fit and helping them improve their products. You can reach him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanjaffe/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:18
April 01, 2021
Teresa Martyny - Building resiliency into systems
What you’ll learn: Building resiliency into systems Failing and non-failing validations If failure happens, what’s the fallback plan? Creating SLAs with upstream teams Meet: Teresa Martyny is the Engineering Manager for the Data OS Infrastructure team at New Relic, an observability platform built to help engineers create more perfect software. If you have any questions for Teresa, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teresamartyny/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
21:32
March 25, 2021
Hyung Lee and Chi Ho - Extensibility of the Salesforce platform
What you’ll learn: The extensibility of the Salesforce platform Growth and evolution of the platform Pushing Salesforce to do something that it shouldn’t Dealing with technical debt Meet: Hyung Lee started his career in finance software and really took a more focused route during his tenure at Salesforce. From there he had the fortune to work at some noteworthy technology companies. He has a passion for solving problems with technology, people and process and over the course of his career have grown to be a "people first" technology leader. Chi Ho is a platform-as-a-service champion with 13+ of years building applications on Salesforce. He is currently leading multiple teams in enterprise digital transformation for over 20,000 users with an emphasis on bringing intuitive design and consumer-like features into the workplace. If you have any questions for Hyung or Chi, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chiwho/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hyungslee/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
36:50
March 19, 2021
Zak Allen - Building trust and transparency in the team
What you’ll learn: Building trust and transparency in the team Adjusting the structure of the 1-1 meeting for Zooms Replicating the ideation process while remote Meet: Zak Allen is the VP of Engineering at Shogun. Shogun, backed by 8VC and Founders Fund, empowers home improvement contractors with software products to help them manage their businesses such as Financing, Payments, and other tools. Zak was one of the first employees at Shogun and has seen it grow to over 100 people, serving over 10,000 contractors across the US. Prior to Shogun, Zak was the first employee at FlyHomes, a real estate tech startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz, which has similarly grown now to over 250 employees. If you have any questions for Zak, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zakallen I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:29
March 09, 2021
Kendra Rozett McCormick - The power of being underestimated as a female leader in technology
What you’ll learn: The power of being underestimated Being one of few females as an IT Director in the Massachusetts technology public sector Early exposure to technology had a very positive impact From liberal arts degree to leader in Infrastructure Get ahead by finding the work that nobody wants to do. Doing it. And doing it well. Meet: Kendra Rozett McCormick is Manager of Infrastructure Engineering at HealthEdge, provider of the industry’s leading mission-critical claims processing, care management, and payment integrity technology assets for payers. Kendra has a unique background combining a liberal arts education with proven technology leadership, first in the public/local government sector for 11 years, and now in the Healthcare software space, with a passion for leadership and promotion of women in technology. If you have any questions for Kendra, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kmccormick916/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
18:48
March 04, 2021
Carlis Ragland - The widening scope of IT Service Management
What you’ll learn: The widening scope of IT Service Management Does ITSM need their own Service Management Officer? ITSM buy-in and the why behind it Meet: Carlis Ragland - Assistant VP Configuration Manager at Valley Bank - has over 25 years of IT experience, and 10 years of IT Information Library (ITIL) experience using IT Service Management (ITSM) platforms such as ServiceNow. He was formally the Configuration Management Leader for Becton Dickinson, ITSM Solution architect for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and ITSM System Integrator/Service Manager and Architect for CompuCom Inc. on the Public Service Electric & Gas (PSEG) of New Jersey account for over 10 years. In addition, he is a retired Air Force Reserve Officer with 33 years of military experience. Carlis holds a Master of Science Degree in Information Technology with a Business Intelligence specialization from Kaplan University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University teaching Data Communications and Computer Networking courses. His hands-on and leadership experience with configuration management databases, data integration, automation, process, and workflow management have shrunk timelines, matured processes, provided financial transparency to reduced cost, and reduced the number of unplanned IT outages. If you have any questions for Carlis, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlisragland/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
26:07
February 25, 2021
Krishna Ramaswamy - Finding the right skill set mix in growing your analytics team
What you’ll learn: Finding the right skill set mix in growing your analytics team Interviewing tip: Trying to understand how a candidate’s problem-solving skills when there isn’t a clear cut outcome Modern analytics driving further advanced skills Meet: Krishna is a quantitative strategic leader with a focus on finding solutions to business problems through the use of big-data behavioral analytics and qualitative data. He places an emphasis on working directly and through his team with key stakeholders to translate both small and large data sets into actionable business solutions. With a primary focus on developing and scaling nascent ideas, Krishna brings a pragmatic but rigorous empirical philosophy to decision making and team leadership. Using his background in big-data analytics, data strategy, marketing, operations, finance, consulting, and psychology, he has applied novel and effective solutions to challenging business problems across a variety of industries, clients, and circumstances. Most recently, he has been focused on scaling the distribution side of the insurance marketplace at EverQuote. If you have any questions for Krishna, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/krishna-ramaswamy-analytics/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:27
February 16, 2021
Kevin Recio - Proactive vs reactive problem management
What you’ll learn: Proactive vs reactive problem management Managing the multiple touchpoints involved in a service incident Balancing needs vs the squeaky wheel Meet:  Kevin Recio is an Information Technology professional with 6+ years of experience across multiple companies and industries. His IT experience includes enterprise platform implementations, management of IT service operations roles, and development of SDLC processes. He is familiar with ITIL, IT Service Management, and ServiceNow. If you have any questions for Kevin, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-recio-59a04621/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
17:14
February 10, 2021
David Ting - Work fast and iterate very quickly
What you’ll learn: Work fast and iterate very quickly Try to think with a clear mind - communicate through writing over talking Shorten time to ideation Happiness of the customer as a measure of product quality Meet: David Ting, Vice President of Nylas, has over 20 years of leadership experience in mobile development, scalable architecture, cloud infrastructure, big data, and machine learning.  At Nylas, he is currently running the Engineer, Product, and Support teams to power the productivity layer of the software stack.  David has served as the Head of Online Production for Blizzard Entertainment, the General Manager of IGN Entertainment, and the General Manager of NetEase North America. David holds 6 patents and has received 2 IBM Outstanding Achievement Awards and the AltaVista Employee of the Year Award. If you have any questions for David, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dting I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
22:44
February 02, 2021
Nana Somuah - Upskilling the data analyst role
What you’ll learn: Upskilling the data analyst role Medical knowledge is doubling every 73 days; pushing the technical envelope to cope with the increase Organizational maturity will drive the analytics hiring needs Meet: Nana Somuah the Director for Data Analytics at Cityblock, responsible for Data Strategy and managing a team of data analysts. My main goal within the company is to improve our member health outcomes by utilizing the power of Data and Analytics. If you have any questions for Nana, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nana-somuah-73a34417/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
16:30
January 28, 2021
Aidan Anderson - Deeper partnership between platform and security engineering teams
What you’ll learn: Deeper partnership between platform and security engineering teams Security by design Focusing on a handful of problems that really matter Meet: Aidan Anderson is a Security Engineering Manager at FloQast, where he is focused on building a best-in-class security program that delivers resilience, confidence, and trust in the solution.  Aidan has had the privilege of helping scale technology, people, and processes at FloQast, helping grow the organization from a seed round startup to a Series C company.  Aidan has a passion for lean product development, risk management, and security through automation and software development practices and has over 14 years of experience in Information Technology. If you have any questions for Aidan, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aidan-anderson-06b4b17b/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:08
January 26, 2021
Martin Corso - Delivering analytics in a hypergrowth industry
What you’ll learn: Delivering analytics in a hypergrowth industry Simplifying and pinpointing the direct analytic needs Meet: Martin Corso is the Director of Measurement and Analytics for Surfside, a data-driven customer acquisition platform that specializes in activating and expanding 1st party data for marketing, insights, and measurement. Martin has diverse experience utilizing digital and offline datasets to build SaaS/DaaS products for hyper-growth tech startups. If you have any questions for Martin, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinjcorso/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
16:25
January 25, 2021
Scott Persinger - Team health as a barometer for team velocity
What you’ll learn: Team health as a good barometer for team velocity Tech debt is inevitable; keeping it at a sustainable rate Balancing team size Meet: Scott Persinger is the VP Engineering at Tatari. He previously managed alternative payments at Stripe and was Director of Platform Services at Heroku. Scott was a co-founder at Cloudconnect (acquired by Salesforce), and a co-founder at Remixation (acquired by Vevo). If you have any questions for Scott, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottpersinger/ https://twitter.com/persingerscott I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:38
January 22, 2021
Murali Bhogavalli - The Data Product Manager as the Quarterback for the data team
What you’ll learn: Reasons why you should hire a data product manager Data product manager roadmaps are typically longer Being data-informed rather than being data-driven Meet: Murali Bhogavalli has a proven track record of building data products that span the entire spectrum from raw data to self-serve analytics tools. Currently, he is a Group Product Manager at Tinder, leading, directing, and managing data and platform strategy, ensuring data and platform solutions are coordinated, integrated, and perform to the highest standards. Prior to Tinder, Murali worked at two startups building data products and got his roots in data/information management at Deloitte Consulting at the start of his career If you have any questions for Murali, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/muralidharbhogavalli/ https://twitter.com/mbhoga I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
16:09
January 21, 2021
Eiwe Lingefors - Focus on cybersecurity earlier in the software engineers process
What you’ll learn: Benefits of incorporating security earlier in the process Balancing between business and security goals Avoid looking for the “unicorn” hires Meet: Eiwe Lingefors leads Director of Engineering, Cybersecurity & Platform at Teachable, an edtech company that enables independent professionals to turn experience and know-how into thriving businesses. If you have any questions for Eiwe, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/alienswede https://www.linkedin.com/in/eiwelingefors/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
24:37
January 19, 2021
Nathan Wan - Managing your team with empathy in mind
What you’ll learn: Leading with empathy in managing your team Making sure to allocate time to prioritize learning Meet: Nathan Wan is the Director of Machine Learning Platform at Freenome where he leads a team of researchers and engineers building a blood test to detect early-stage cancer. He believes that technology is most powerful when applied to the hardest problems we face not just as individuals, but as a society. Prior to Freenome, he led teams at Google for the Speech Recognition and Shopping Express projects. Nathan holds BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. If you have any questions for Nathan, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nwan1 I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
16:10
January 18, 2021
George London - From a non-traditional degree program into data and machine learning
What you’ll learn: Moving from a non-traditional degree program into data and machine learning Stubbornness as a superpower (sticking to a problem is key) Improving the hiring process by understanding the limitations of using a data-driven hiring process Meet: George London is the Director of Engineering at Survata and the Co-Organizer of the San Francisco PyData Meetup Group. He has over a decade of experience as an entrepreneur, engineer, and manager working to help businesses use data to make better decisions. If you have any questions for George, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgelondon/ https://twitter.com/rogueleaderr I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
48:11
January 15, 2021
Ben Garvey - Team velocity measured by the number of merges
What you’ll learn: Looking at the number of merges to evaluate team velocity Reducing wait times during code reviews Software is getting cheaper to make and faster to deliver Meet: Ben Garvey heads up the team building the next generation of financial management software at Betterment for Advisors. Previously, he led world-class SAAS data engineering teams at RJMetrics, Magento Commerce, and Adobe. He holds a computer science degree from American University and likes charts, maybe a little too much. If you have any questions for Ben, please feel free to reach out via Twitter: https://twitter.com/bengarvey I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
23:33
January 14, 2021
Myles Guanzon - Performance management of remote teams
What you’ll learn: Using stand-downs to check-in at the end of the day Clarifying expectations and establishing a clear technical ladder Doubling down on creating communication channels within the team Meet: Myles Guanzon is a servant engineering leader with a strong passion for data-driven, lean product development, Myles comes from a non-traditional engineering background. His career started in DevOps with server management and progressed by learning web development and co-founding a design agency to develop web applications for clients, including NASA. Today as the VP of Engineering at Omada Health, Myles leads the B2C teams that are responsible for engaging its members into lifelong health. If you have any questions for Myles, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/myles-guanzon-9ab50020/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:57
January 12, 2021
David Kaplan - Focusing on predictability rather than velocity
What you’ll learn: Focusing on predictability rather than velocity How the code base’s complexity can affect estimation Balancing the effect of technology change on the team David references the following book: Nicole Forsgren’s book: Accelerate Meet: David Kaplan is the head of engineering at Policygenius, the nation’s leading online insurance marketplace. David has been an engineering leader for over a decade as a VP of Engineering at Yodle (Acquired by Web.com), a Senior Manager at Bloomberg L.P., and the co-founder of Helioscene, which was a SaaS startup in the video production space. If you have any questions for David, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davebkaplan/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
24:36
January 11, 2021
David Relyea - Growing your career in data science
What you’ll learn: Inversion of talent vs seniority Hiring is not all about the hard skills Focusing on employees motivations for the long term benefit to the company Meet: David Relyea received a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton in 2003. He has worked in the defense sector, ad tech, fintech, and cybersecurity, largely in the areas of machine learning and optimization. He is currently Director of Data Science at BlackBerry. If you have any questions for David, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-relyea-44120557/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
29:00
January 08, 2021
Ryan Weeks - Growing security awareness and maturity
What you’ll learn: Growing security awareness and maturity Starting with a security framework in mind Cybersecurity is an accessible field (moving past the myth) Meet: Ryan Weeks - As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Ryan is responsible for directing and managing Datto's Information Security program. Ryan spent 11 years securing enterprise applications, systems, and sensitive customer financial data at FactSet Research Systems, where he orchestrated all facets of the global information security program. Ryan holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Ithaca College, an M.S. in Information Assurance from Northeastern University, and has industry security certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). If you have any questions for Ryan, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanweeks/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
23:31
January 07, 2021
Liliya Frye - Moving towards Automated Continuous Testing
What you’ll learn: Challenges in moving to CI/CD What is continuous testing? The new skills required for people in testing Meet: Liliya Frye is a Technology Leader and a Manager of Quality Assurance Engineering with over 20 years of experience in IT. She is very enthusiastic about digital product quality, security, cloud computing, and leadership. She is naturally curious and loves the continuous process of learning, as well as sharing her knowledge with others. She is a Leader of OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) San Fernando Valley Chapter and a part of the planning committee of AppSec California security conferences. Liliya authored the following articles: 1. Leaders who deliver  vs. Leaders who destroy  2. How to Get Hired: Encoded Secrets of Hiring Managers  3. Focusing on Customers in Agile SDLC with 80/20 Rule  4. CI/CD/CT - Shift-Left and Shift-Right with Automated Continuous Testing  If you have any questions for Liliya, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liliyafrye/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
23:35
January 06, 2021
Andy Lu - moving your career forward by staying curious
What you’ll learn: Being curious, staying curious Servant leadership style Pushing for opportunities to grow Meet: I am an experienced technologist with over 10 years of experience in the Internet industry. I've worked with companies that build and distribute web applications internally within an organization as well as externally to users around the world. I've seen the industry grow and advance greatly over the past decade and the technical knowledge I've gathered, helps me to be successful at building any web application of any scale. I am also a very experienced people manager who has coached many engineers and helped them to grow both their technical skills as well as their leadership traits to elevate their careers to the next level. If you have any questions for Andy, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andylu821/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
16:49
January 05, 2021
George Bezerra: Moving the business forward with data science
What you’ll learn: Evaluating where data science and machine learning can be applied Complimenting human decision making with algorithms Being aware of impacting existing processes Meet: George Bezerra is a strategic data executive with expertise in Machine Learning and Data Science. Currently VP of Data Science at Frontdoor, he was previously the head of data science at car insurance startup Metromile and spent five years at TripAdvisor where he was Senior Director of Data Science and Analytics. Like many data scientists, George has an academic background, including a Post-doctorate at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico. If you have any questions for George, please feel free to reach out via: www.linkedin.com/in/george-bezerra I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
19:27
January 04, 2021
George Bezerra: Modernizing a legacy data infrastructure and culture
What you’ll learn: Modernizing a legacy data infrastructure and culture Pushing people out of their comfort zone Quick wins while building the long term foundation Meet: George Bezerra is a strategic data executive with expertise in Machine Learning and Data Science. Currently VP of Data Science at Frontdoor, he was previously the head of data science at car insurance startup Metromile and spent five years at TripAdvisor where he was Senior Director of Data Science and Analytics. Like many data scientists, George has an academic background, including a Post-doctorate at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico. If you have any questions for George, please feel free to reach out via: www.linkedin.com/in/george-bezerra I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
21:40
December 30, 2020
Ian Amit: Mental health within the cybersecurity field
What you’ll learn: Security professionals and mental health Accepting that there are inherent limitations in security If you burn yourself out you are doing more harm to the business than you think Simulate how you would handle a security breach Meet: Ian Amit is the CSO at Cimpress. Ian is an executive manager in the security and software industry with vast experience in multiple fields - from enterprise security, through retail, to end-user software and large back-end systems. Highly experienced in leading marketing opportunities, and translating technical innovation into marketable concepts that increase sales and exposure. He is an Information Security expert with vast experience ranging from low-level technical expertise and up to corporate security policy, regulatory compliance, and strategy. Ian keynote speaker, with vast experience in public speaking and private customer-focused seminars (Conferences featuring BlackHat, DEFCON, RSA, BSides, BlueHat, ZonCon, Source, and many more). He is also a founding member of the PTES (Penetration Testing Execution Standard), IL-CERT, and the Tel-Aviv DEFCON group (DC9723). If you have any questions for Ian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iamit/ https://www.iamit.org/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
17:09
December 29, 2020
Ian Amit: Managing security across multiple brands
What you’ll learn: Setting up an internal MSSP (managed security service provider) Establishing a baseline of security (using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework) Using the M&A process to get a headstart on security Meet: Ian Amit is the CSO at Cimpress. Ian is an executive manager in the security and software industry with vast experience in multiple fields - from enterprise security, through retail, to end-user software and large back-end systems. Highly experienced in leading marketing opportunities, and translating technical innovation into marketable concepts that increase sales and exposure. He is an Information Security expert with vast experience ranging from low-level technical expertise and up to corporate security policy, regulatory compliance, and strategy. Ian keynote speaker, with vast experience in public speaking and private customer-focused seminars (Conferences featuring BlackHat, DEFCON, RSA, BSides, BlueHat, ZonCon, Source, and many more). He is also a founding member of the PTES (Penetration Testing Execution Standard), IL-CERT, and the Tel-Aviv DEFCON group (DC9723). If you have any questions for Ian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iamit/ https://www.iamit.org/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
16:32
December 28, 2020
Peter Fishman: Complexities of modern data platforms
What you’ll learn: Managing the complexities of the modern data platform Balancing between hiring for the right data skill Breaking out roles by areas of specialization Meet:  Peter Fishman is the co-founder and CEO of Mozart Data (YCS20), the easiest way to spin up a modern data stack.  Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Eaze, a cannabis technology platform. He has also worked at fast-growing startups including Opendoor, Zenefits, Yammer/Microsoft, Playdom/Disney.  He also has been involved with sports analytics at the Philadelphia Eagles and has run a hot sauce company, Bacon Hot Sauce.  He holds a B.S. from Duke University and a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley. If you have any questions for Fish, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petefishman/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
17:04
December 23, 2020
Cassio Goldschmidt: Security is a business enabler
What you’ll learn: Security shifting left Taking security from afterthought to active participant Keeping up with the pace of change in security Meet: Cassio Goldschmidt is regarded as an internationally recognized, award-winning security expert. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Goldschmidt has a remarkable record of industry accolades and honors. They include: Winner of the 2019 (ISC)² Information Security Leadership Award for all Americas Nominee for the 2019 TEN Information Security Executive Award for North America Winner of the 2020 TEN Information Security Executive Best Project Award for the West Coast region Winner of the 2011 (ISC)² Cybersecurity Community Services Star Award for all Americas Finalist of the 2011 (ISC)² Americas Information Security Leadership (ISLA) Awards 2011 in the Information Security Practitioner category Nominee for the 2012 OWASP Web Application Security Person of the Year (WASPY) Awards Other honors include being: Publicly thanked by Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE) for finding security weaknesses and providing significant recommendations to improve the security of the electronic voting systems used in the country’s presidential election A member of Forbes Technology Council and contributor of Forbes.com The founding member of OWASP Los Angeles Chapter, which was elected the best OWASP chapter in the world in 2013 A co-founder of OWASP AppSec Cali conference A speaker at many of the most respected international security conferences, including RSA, Black Hat, ISSA, CIO Event, ACSAC, (ISC)² Security Congress, FS-ISAC, Better Software, NULLCon, and Global OWASP AppSec in countries such as Brazil, China, India, Poland, Sweden, and the United States The single inventor of three U.S. patents and the co-inventor of the fourth U.S. patent Cassio holds a bachelor degree in computer science (BS in CS) from Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande Do Sul (PUC-RS), a masters degree in software engineering (MS in SE) from Santa Clara University (SCU), and a master of business administration (MBA) from the University of Southern California (USC). If you have any questions for Cassio, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassiogoldschmidt/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
15:38
December 22, 2020
Addressing the security challenges of Shadow IT with Cassio Goldschmidt, CISO at ServiceTitan (Part 1)
Meet: Cassio Goldschmidt is regarded as an internationally recognized, award-winning security expert. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Goldschmidt has a remarkable record of industry accolades and honors. They include: Winner of the 2019 (ISC)² Information Security Leadership Award for all Americas Nominee for the 2019 TEN Information Security Executive Award for North America Winner of the 2020 TEN Information Security Executive Best Project Award for the West Coast region Winner of the 2011 (ISC)² Cybersecurity Community Services Star Award for all Americas Finalist of the 2011 (ISC)² Americas Information Security Leadership (ISLA) Awards 2011 in the Information Security Practitioner category Nominee for the 2012 OWASP Web Application Security Person of the Year (WASPY) Awards Other honors include being: Publicly thanked by Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE) for finding security weaknesses and providing significant recommendations to improve the security of the electronic voting systems used in the country’s presidential election A member of Forbes Technology Council and contributor of Forbes.com The founding member of OWASP Los Angeles Chapter, which was elected the best OWASP chapter in the world in 2013 A co-founder of OWASP AppSec Cali conference A speaker at many of the most respected international security conferences, including RSA, Black Hat, ISSA, CIO Event, ACSAC, (ISC)² Security Congress, FS-ISAC, Better Software, NULLCon, and Global OWASP AppSec in countries such as Brazil, China, India, Poland, Sweden, and the United States The single inventor of three U.S. patents and the co-inventor of the fourth U.S. patent Cassio holds a bachelor degree in computer science (BS in CS) from Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande Do Sul (PUC-RS), a masters degree in software engineering (MS in SE) from Santa Clara University (SCU), and a master of business administration (MBA) from the University of Southern California (USC). What you’ll learn: Addressing the security challenges of shadow IT Hackers are looking for just one thing to get in The impact of the pandemic on the security roadmap If you have any questions for Cassio, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassiogoldschmidt/
14:13
December 21, 2020
Enterprises are becoming more customer-centric, with more data, we need more clarity, and data quality is a journey with Michael Remyn, Director Salesforce Product Management
Meet: Michael Remyn is a product management executive who is passionate about creating intuitive user experiences within enterprise software. As a Director of Product Management at American Express, Michael has delivered products aimed to bring user efficiency and productivity to multiple instances of Salesforce, from complex transformations such as combining instances and overhauling the user interface to a variety of smaller products meant to improve sales and client management processes. Michael has built high performing digital product teams while coaching and training others through the organization. He also has shown a continued focus on the digital experience by creating his own in-house user experience team to increase focus on user workflow and build the right solutions that solve user and stakeholder problems. Michael also has experience with data analytics, corporate strategy, and financial management before moving full time into digital product management. What you’ll learn: Salesforce is not just an IT application Managing user request change Enterprises are becoming more customer-centric With more data, we need more clarity Data quality is a journey If you have any questions for Michael, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-remyn-875145/
23:55
December 17, 2020
Modernization of master data management and the changing complexity of data projects with Mike Arbitman, Senior Director, Technology Organization Data and Analytics at Medidata
Meet: Mike Arbitman, Senior Director, Technology Organization Data and Analytics at Medidata, a technology leader skilled at defining, building, improving, and optimizing data-focused organizations delivering innovative and leading-edge solitons What you’ll learn: Modernization of master data management Determining the system of record The changing complexity of data projects If you have any questions for Mike, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelarbitman/
33:13
December 16, 2020
Working for an engineering org where the CTO still checks in code and looking for transferable skills in hiring DevOps and Security engineers with Mark Shasha, Head of Security at Braze
Meet: Mark Shasha is the Head of Security at Braze. He is a career security professional specializing in enterprise application and infrastructure security. What you’ll learn: Working in an engineering org where the CTO still checks in code Owning  security processes Looking for transferable skills in hiring DevOps and Security professionals. If you have any questions for Mark, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markshasha/
27:50
December 15, 2020
Leveraging his military management experience and transitioning from the military to the private sector with Chris Ham, Engineering Operations Manager at Novantas.
Meet: Chris Ham is the Engineering Operations Manager and Chief of Staff to the CTO at Novantas. He is responsible for DevOps, Cloud/on-prem implementation and integration, the interface between Engineering and Infrastructure, and Big-data infrastructure. Chris’s career path has focused on blending leadership and deep technical expertise. His CV includes: -Continued service, including a deployment, as an officer in the US Navy Reserve -A background in corporate Tech Ops finance -Work as a quant in the bank treasury/risk space What you’ll learn: Leveraging his military management experience Partnering with DevOps and the strategic technology roadmap Transitioning from the military to the private sector If you have any questions for  Chris, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-l-ham/
19:19
December 14, 2020
Culturally additive hires, hiring people for the right context, and adjusting to a fully distributed engineer org with Maria Latushkin, CTO at Omada Health.
Meet: Maria Latushkin is responsible for leading Omada Health’s technology vision and team. Prior to joining Omada Health and moving to the healthcare space, Maria has spent over 15 years in eCommerce, retail, and enterprise SaaS companies ranging from series B startups to large companies, such as Walmart. What you’ll learn: Don’t hire for culture fit, make culturally additive hires Hiring people for the right context for your environment or stage of growth Signals that you might need to add process to your org Adjusting style and process in supporting a fully distributed engineering org If you have any questions for Maria, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-latushkin-799700/
30:33
December 11, 2020
Setting up your startup’s legal entity and evaluating equity in a job offer with Greg Miaskiewicz, Co-founder of Capbase
Meet: Greg Miaskiewicz, CEO & Co-Founder at Capbase, a startup building legal & financial tools for startups. Previously, CEO & Co-Founder of Swarm, a bot detection startup, which exited to Integral Ad Science in 2016. Greg has over a decade of experience working at early-stage Silicon Valley startups in product, engineering, and design roles. What you’ll learn (disclaimer - this is not legal advice): Avoiding pitfalls in forming your startup’s legal entity Implications of incorrectly setting up your entity What to look for in evaluating equity as apart of a job offer If you would like to reach out to Greg about anything he discussed on the podcast, please reach out to him via: https://twitter.com/miaskiewicz https://www.instagram.com/miaskiewicz/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/miaskiewicz/ email: greg@capbase.com
34:59
December 10, 2020
Talking about the growth of AI in healthcare with Sanji Fernando, SVP Artficial Intelligence & Analytics Platforms at Optum
Meet:  Sanji Fernando is a senior vice president at Optum, where he leads the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Analytics Platforms team for Optum Enterprise Analytics (OEA).  He is responsible for developing platforms that support the design and development of leading-edge AI models and analytic tools for the enterprise. Previously, Sanji was a vice president at OptumLabs and led the OptumLabs Center for Applied Data Science (CADS).  The CADS team applied breakthroughs in AI and machine learning to solve complex health care challenges for UnitedHealth Group (UHG) by developing and deploying software product concepts. CADS pioneered using deep learning to streamline administrative processes in revenue cycle management and developed graph analytics tools to support provider network design, among other innovations. Sanji joined OptumLabs in 2014 from Nokia, where he created Nokia’s first data science team.  His team launched the first big data computing cluster at Nokia, using cluster derived insights on user activity and engagement to design new product concepts.  Before that, Sanji spent 9 years at Nokia in a variety of corporate roles with Nokia’s Multimedia Division, Nokia Research Center, and Nokia Ventures. Prior to Nokia, Sanji was a co-founder and VP of Engineering at Vettro, a venture-backed mobile software company.  Sanji began his career in consulting with Viant and Accenture. Sanji is a graduate of Trinity College with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.  He lives in the Boston area with his wife and their three boys.  In his free time, Sanji enjoys coaching his sons in basketball and baseball.   He also serves on the board of his local Little League. What you’ll learn: Evaluating the value of AI solutions Growth of AI in the healthcare space Establishing short and long term goals Sanji mentioned our annual survey on AI in health care and we recently shared the findings from our 3rd annual survey; we have both a press release and special report on that. If you would like to reach out to Sanji about anything he discussed on the podcast, please reach out to him via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanjifernando/
26:42
December 09, 2020
Career advice for data analysts and scientists to keep growing and building diverse data teams with Marick Sinay, the Head of Data Science and Analytics at Aspiration
Meet: Marick S. Sinay, Ph.D. is Vice President Head of Data Science and Analytics for Aspiration. Dr. Sinay has been in the broader financial services industry in various quantitative financial modeling and data science roles. He has experience working at large financial institutions, Bank of America and Western Asset Management, as well as at FinTech startups in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Sinay has successfully hired and led teams of data scientists, data analysts, and data engineers to drive business intelligence and advanced predictive analytics using machine learning to solve enterprise initiatives. He has a Ph.D. in Statistics and Applied Probability, Masters in Statistics, and a Masters in Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara. What you’ll learn:  Career advice - tips and advice for analyst and data scientists to grow Building data teams - do’s and don’ts to building a successful diverse team
23:19
December 08, 2020
Unlocking the data that is in your documents, videos, and images with Ankur Goyal, Co-founder and CEO of Impira
Meet:  Ankur Goyal is the co-founder and CEO of Impira. previously built and scaled the engineering team at MemSQL as employee #2 and VP of Engineering. Ankur received his B.S. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science. He also holds several patents in database technology. What you’ll learn: Extracting more value out of documents Helping companies automate their paper processes to digital Getting an AI project into production and the related ROI Talking about a new feature that allows someone to extract information from any doc through the UI If you would like to reach out to Ankur about anything he discussed on the podcast, please reach out to him via: https://twitter.com/ankrgyl?lang=en https://twitter.com/impirahq https://www.linkedin.com/in/ankrgyl/
26:37
December 07, 2020
Introducing Apache Airflow 2.0 - talking about the major new features with Ash Berlin-Taylor and Kaxil Naik
Meet: Ash Berlin-Taylor is an active committer and member of the PMC for Apache Airflow and Director of Airflow Engineering team at astronomer.io. Before getting involved with Airflow he spent many years working in (web) infrastructure Kaxil Naik is currently the Committer, PMC Member, and Release Manager of Apache Airflow. He is also the Manager of Airflow Engineering team @ Astronomer. He did his Masters in Data Science & Analytics from Royal Holloway, University of London. What you’ll learn: Major features in the upcoming Airflow 2 release Upgrade path and compatibility What the team might be working on in future releases Learn more about the upcoming release: https://www.astronomer.io/blog/introducing-airflow-2-0 If you would like to reach out to Ash or Kaxil about anything they discussed on the podcast, please reach out to them via: https://twitter.com/kaxil https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaxil/ https://twitter.com/ashberlin
30:14
December 04, 2020
Mentoring vs coaching, leadership through influence, and importance of messaging and tone with Mike Bennett, Director of Enterprise Digital Farming at Climate Corp
Meet:  Mike Bennett, Director of Enterprise Digital Farming at Climate Corp - Bayer Crop Science.  Responsible for Enterprise data governance and new business models. What you’ll learn: Mentoring vs coaching Leadership through influence Importance of messaging and tone If you would like to reach out to Mike about anything he discussed on the podcast, please reach out to him via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelsbennett https://twitter.com/MikeSBennett
30:45
December 03, 2020
Getting the feedback cycle early, having a deep interest in product, and embedded data science teams with Doug Puett, Head of Data Science at UserTesting
Meet: Doug Puett is the Head of Data Science at UserTesting. UserTesting has the world’s greatest data source on how user research is done. Prior to joining UserTesting, Doug worked at a startup that was acquired by LinkedIn. He has an MS degree from Columbia and a Bachelor’s from Cornell. What you’ll learn: Getting the feedback cycle started early Having a deep interest in product Matrixed embedded data science teams If you have any questions for Doug, please feel free to reach out to him via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dougpuett/
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December 03, 2020