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 Senior Director of Engineering at Mailchimp and site director for the company’s Brooklyn office. Previously. I was Head of Sales & Marketing for 18F, a tech-consulting startup within the federal government. 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 was also I was VP of Programs for indie.vc. 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
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.
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
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