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

  • 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. 


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