Leading startup teams and
bringing tech thinking to non-tech organizations
Through a career spanning tech and media, I’ve gained deep experience in team leadership at startups (including remote/distributed teams) and in bringing tech thinking to non-technical organizations. I enjoy setting strategy, improving operations, developing products and collaborating with coworkers.
I'm currently Head of Sales & Marketing for 18F, a tech-consulting startup within the federal government. Previously, I was VP of Programs for indie.vc, creating entrepreneurship training and advising startups for an innovative investment program. Before that, I was CEO and co-founder of Lean Startup Productions, a successful media startup, and co-author of The Twitter Book, a popular guide. I’ve held senior management positions at O’Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb, where I launched and ran profitable media properties, and I’ve held high-level roles with a number of tech startups. Earlier, I was a freelance journalist writing regularly for The New York Times, I co-founded a record label with children’s musician Laurie Berkner, and I started Just Food's CSA in NYC program.
I hold an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and a BA from Rutgers University. I split my time between New York and San Francisco. Bonus fact: I was the 21st user of Twitter.
Speaking and Workshops
I’ve spoken at dozens of conferences, universities, corporate meetings and other events, and I often run workshops. I welcome new opportunities. Topics include:
- Leading when failure is high and morale is low
- Managing teams in startups
- Leading remote / distributed teams
- Bringing tech thinking to your non-technical company
- Disrupting bias at work (e.g., this talk or this talk)
- How to get picked to speak at conferences (e.g., this informal webcast)
I’ve also given an uncountable number of talks about Twitter. I rarely cover that now, but I can recommend other people who are experts in social media.
- How to Fail When You're Used to Winning: A Guide for Leaders, Medium
- Startups Almost Never Talk About This, But They Should, Medium
- Lean Startup 101: The Essential Ideas, How.co
- Ending Conferences Dominated by White Men, Harvard Business Review
- Five Ways White Feminists Can Address Our Own Racism, Huffington Post
- Courting Content, Not Controversy, Startup Lessons Learned
- Staying Friends When You Don't Have Kids and Your BFFs Do, Dogs&Shoes
- Now, Brevity Is the Soul of Office Interaction, New York Times
- How Twitter Can Help at Work, New York Times
- Networking Strategy: Walking and Talking, New York Times
- + More New York Times articles
- Co-host with The American Press Institute, Cracking the Code for Effective Product Management: A Summit for Modern Newsrooms. 2015, New York
- Co-host, The Lean Startup Conference, a week of entrepreneurship events. 2012 - 2014, San Francisco
- Host, Office Optional, a conference for remote and distributed teams. April 2014, San Francisco
- GM & Co-chair, Web 2.0 Expo. 2009 - 2011, San Francisco & New York
- Organizer, Ignite Lean Startup. May 2011, San Francisco, CA
- Chair, Web2Open. April 2009, San Francisco, CA
- Co-chair, Web2Open. April 2008, San Francisco, CA
- Founder & Chair, Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC). June 2007, San Jose, CA