Director of EngineeringCanva
I am a hands-on technology leader and repeat startup founder / advisor.
My experience has spanned key roles in early-stage startups (including acquisitions by Twitter and Canva) through to global companies like Google and Twitter, between Sydney, SF and NYC.
My skills span building a software system from scratch, through to senior management for large teams. Technically, I have an extensive background throughout the tech stack: web, product, data, distributed systems, search / recommendations, NLP, and building systems at massive scale.
I am passionate about empowering engineering teams, and solving real world problems with software. I thrive when I am surrounded by smart, self-driven, empathetic humans.
Talks I've Given
"You're the one with the accent": How to build an inclusive distributed team
Featuring Adam Schuck
Building a distributed team is hard. As you hire engineers in other locations, processes that used to work start to fall down: alignment suffers, code reviews slow down, teams start to block on decisions, and the only person who knows how to fix the bug is currently asleep!
Of course, there's a...culture