Aaron leads product and design at Triplebyte, a skills-based hiring platform for engineers. He and his team are responsible for the technical assessments, the job seeking experience for engineers, and the B2B platform for employers. Before Triplebyte, Aaron held product roles at Tesla and Pebble (the smartwatch company) and worked as a strategy consultant. A St. Louis native, Aaron has lived in Boston, New York, and San Francisco, playing Ultimate Frisbee and enjoying the best local coffee everywhere he goes.
Lenny Rachitsky previously spent seven years at Airbnb, where he was on the early PM team and led teams driving supply growth, booking conversion, marketplace quality, and many other key initiatives. Prior to this, he started a consumer app company called Localmind that was acquired by Airbnb. Today, Lenny writes a popular newsletter about product, growth, and "anything that stresses you out at the office" at LennysNewsletter.com. He also advises startups around product and growth, and actively angel invests.
Tatyana Mamut is a results-oriented technology executive who delivers game-changing products by obsessing over customers and building amazing teams. She has built successful new businesses at Nextdoor, Amazon, Salesforce, and IDEO by driving product strategy, innovation, organizational culture, and fast execution. She holds numerous patents and awards in the fields of Design, Advertising, and Tech. Her success is powered by deep customer empathy, built over years of anthropology fieldwork, culminating in a PhD in economic/cultural anthropology. She is Head of Product (CPO) at Nextdoor, the neighborhood hub for the exchange of local information among neighbors, local businesses, and public agencies.
Anchor product leaders can see the future. To echo Henry Ford, they’re not looking to give customers faster horses. They’re dreaming up products at the edge of our imagination, ones that customers are desperate for. They rally teams behind them to build, iterate, and execute at lightning speed. They have a founder mentality and are the critical nexus of technology and business within the company.
Helena Seo currently leads the Design team at DoorDash for the complex three-sided marketplace consisting of Consumers, Merchants and Dashers. She works with the cross-functional leaders to define the product strategy and execute the vision. She is also a team builder and people manager who designs the org model and operating processes. She joined DoorDash in Jan, 2019. Prior to DoorDash, she was a design leader at Groupon, Citrix and eBay, and brings two decades of the design experience. She holds BFA in Graphic Design/Multimedia from California College of The Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Teresa currently leads design at Superhuman — an email experience for people to get through their inboxes twice as fast. She believes in bringing people together to create a sense of belonging, and is also leading community at Elpha, a private space for women in tech to talk candidly. Previous to that, she has led design teams at a digital consulting agency in New York and Toronto. Outside of design, she is passionate about volunteering, mentoring, cycling, climbing, and all things books.
Born in China and raised in Canada, Ryo has always been curious about technology, design, and tools. Starting from making websites at 11, he designed and made online communities, scheduling, language learning, payments, and collaboration tools over the years. He is now leading Notion's product & design in San Francisco. He aims to blur the lines between traditional role boundaries, and focus on crafting a tool that's simple at its core, yet infinitely flexible. He cares about hollistic vision down to the tiniest details in execution.
Anchor designers are the great artists of our time. They know how to tell amazing visual stories that transcend demographics and culture. They are endlessly creative, and totally unbound by rules and convention. They are perceptive students of human behavior that know how to get people to magical moments of delight.
Meagen Eisenberg is the CMO of TripActions, the leading cloud-based corporate travel and expense management platform. Prior to TripActions, she spent more than 20 years in high-tech and previously served as CMO of MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB) and VP of Demand Generation at DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU). She serves on the boards of G2, TinyPulse and Reactful, and has advised more than 25 tech companies in the last decade, including ten which were acquired within the last three years. Meagen has an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in MIS and a minor in CSC from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.
Trevor leads the Dasher Growth team at DoorDash which is responsible for building and maintaining a healthy fleet size in hundreds of markets across the US, Canada, and Australia. He has worked at startups in performance marketing since 2012 and played poker professionally for 4 years prior to that.
Alexis Zhu leads the Growth Team at Scratch, an asset class inclusive loan servicer. Scratch partners with lenders to help their borrowers pay off loans and have a better relationship with debt. Every loan in the US is serviced, which makes for a large market, but it’s also one that has seen very little innovation until now. Previously, Alexis was at Affirm, a borrower-first fintech company, where she built the commercial sales team responsible for the first 1,000+ retailer partnerships. Prior to Affirm, Alexis invested in growth stage healthcare companies at Summit Partners in Menlo Park, and advised both domestic and global healthcare clients at UBS Investment Bank in New York. Alexis graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Management and Finance.
Dan is the Head of Growth and Product Marketing at Nextdoor, the neighborhood hub app. Over his four-year tenure at Nextdoor, Dan has led member growth where he was responsible for paid acquisition and partnered across the company to generate growth through product and partnerships. And he launched the Product Marketing organization, which has helped accelerate growth and engagement across audiences (consumer, SMB, enterprise brands). Prior to Nextdoor, Dan was the founder and CEO of RentLingo; a Product Manager at enterprise software company, Mitchell International; and a consultant with Bain & Company. Dan is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Anchor marketers don't just capture demand, they create demand. They know their job is to think like an entrepreneur and get the most results they can for the most effective use of money and time. Rather than succeed conventionally, they win by communicating in surprising and unexpected ways. They market differently, rather than better. They avoid comparison games with other companies.
Yael is the Vice President of Business Operations at Lemonade, joining in the company’s very early days in 2015 after a career in management consulting. She runs the company's strategic planning process (through an OKR program), leads business and growth analysts across the organization, and serves as CEO’s Chief of Staff. As an early executive on the team, Yael took Lemonade's business model from its blueprints to reality, overseeing the first state licensing process and defining company metrics. Most recently, Yael led the company through its IPO process, alongside the CFO and cofounders. Yael lives in New York City with her husband and two kids.
Mark is passionate about building consumer products, growing communities, pursuing education, and have been in the tech space for over 10 years. He has been part of early and late-stage startups as well as public companies. He is currently the Director of Product & Community Operations at Wyze, a startup that offers affordable smart home products and services. In 2018, he joined as an individual contributor tasked to help build the mobile app experience. After two years, he now leads a team of five and his scope has expanded to include different platform areas. He also took on additional responsibilities in community growth and internal operations. He worked on task force initiatives such as quality improvements, data leak crisis management, and COVID-19 response. These efforts contributed to the company's growth from 300k to 3M+ customers and 3x in revenue. Prior to this, he worked at Amazon for 3.5 years and have been part of retail and Prime Video. One of his biggest projects was creating an integrated buy and sell experience for video gamers which generated up to +20% lift in sales. Outside of Wyze, he is a Venture Fellow at Alumni Ventures Group where he works with VCs to evaluate startups for investment. He also teaches part-time at Product School and have taught over 80+ students in two years. Finally, he runs a non-profit org that mentors young professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in tech.
Liz joined Uno Health earlier this year to lead strategic operations. Uno Health is using technology to enroll low-income Medicare beneficiaries into all kinds of financial assistance programs they are eligible for in a single, streamlined process. Enrolling in benefits and programs is confusing: their goal is to make it delightful and dignified. They're tackling social determinants of health in a very real way, starting at the core of someone's financial stability. By putting an extra couple of thousands of dollars in a person's pocket every year, they are able to unlock all kinds of downstream benefits for customers (insurance plans) and their members. For Liz, leading strategic operations at Uno has involved a breadth of scope - from designing and implementing core workflows, to synthesizing gnarly application processes with countless edge cases to into patterns they can then bake into core technology. She is growing and coaching an outreach team that leverages Uno's tools to engage seniors and also works closely with the product and eng teams to build data models that reflect the real world and to hone requirements for early build/buy decisions. She is a key decision partner on the strategic growth side and is laying the groundwork for hiring processes that aim to cultivate a diverse, incredible team. Liz has experience working across academic, non profit, and startup spaces, and is drawn to solving problems that reduce health inequities.
Amer is Head of Strategic Finance & BizOps at Netlify. Netlify is a Series C company that pioneered the Jamstack category and is used by more than 900k developers. Prior to Netlify, Amer has worked at a number of tech companies in finance/operations roles across the ecosystem from early stage to public. Prior to joining the tech world Amer started his career in strategy consulting at Accenture.
Anchor operations leaders keep the bus running. They’re the adults in the room that get the backbone processes in place that set up a startup for hypergrowth. This means finance, legal, compliance, and all the workflows in between. They squeeze out every optimization possible across the value chain so that the bus runs on time, then quicker, and then more efficiently when more passengers jump on.
As the Head of Partnerships at Element AI, Alex Shee is on the management team and leads the company’s global partnerships (channels, data and technology). He is recognized as a go-to-market leader having helped establish Element AI's offices in Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo, concluded global go-to-market partnerships with tier 1 partners such as McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Nvidia and Intel, and led the team that raised Element AI's C$200M Series B. He is also the host of Element AI's #1 rated podcast ""The AI Element"" which explores the biggest issues and toughest questions in artificial intelligence.
Navid is a sales leader and startup builder who currently serves as the VP Sales for Branch, the leading deep linking and cross-channel attribution platform powering experiences for over 60,000 apps including Pinterest, Adobe, and Reddit. Navid joined Branch at the start of their monetization efforts to build and grow the sales team while creating sales processes to scale for rapid growth, resulting in a 400% average annual revenue growth rate during his tenure. Previously, Navid co-founded Pinpoint to help advertisers connect the digital with the physical world through offline mobile ad attribution. Run by a team of Xooglers, they worked to create the first 'beacon technology alliance' which enabled advertisers to buy smarter. Prior to Pinpoint, Navid was an early member at Wildfire Interactive, which was acquired by Google in 2012 for over $400M. During his time at Wildfire, he wore multiple hats to help the company scale from a couple dozen employees to hundreds, and ultimately helped integrate the team into their new role at Google. When he's not leading a team of great humans, Navid can be found going on adventures with his wife and dog, playing poker, or channeling his inner Lebron James on the local basketball courts.
Kelly Breslin Wright has over 30 years of experience in leadership, sales, operations, and strategy. Kelly currently is a board director, advisor, and speaker. She is a Board Director at Fastly (NYSE:FSLY), Lucid, Amperity, and Even and is an advisor at data.world and Hyperproof. Kelly teaches Go-To-Market Strategy at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, and she is an Advisor for UW’s Professional Sales Program. Kelly speaks regularly on topics including sales, go-to-market, leadership, culture, high performance teams, operational excellence, diversity, and scaling. She is active on multiple women on board organizations focused on promoting increased board gender diversity and supporting more women on boards. Prior to her current work as a board director and advisor, Kelly spent 12 years at Tableau Software, where she led worldwide sales and field operations as Executive Vice President Sales. She joined Tableau as the company's first salesperson and tenth employee in 2005, and she helped grow Tableau into a multi-billion dollar public company as a key member of the executive team. She grew Tableau’s revenue and field operations from zero to $850m in revenues and managed over half of Tableau’s global team as the company grew to 3,300 employees. Before Tableau, she spent time at Bain & Company, McKinsey & Company, Bank of America, Dale Carnegie Training, and AtHoc. Kelly earned her BA from Stanford University and her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Anand is an entrepreneurial commercial leader with over 10 years of B2B sales experience across early stage, growth stage and post-exit stage in the US, Europe, and Middle East. He is one of the first hires at General Assembly, where he sits on the executive team and launched the company’s enterprise business in Europe and the Middle East. With the help of a talented and hardworking team, the EMEA region went from 15% to 60% of global sales over four years from 2016-2019. Anand is a recognized leader in the global conversation on the future of work, and has been featured in leading business publications from First Round Review to Harvard Business Review.
Anchor sales leaders are day one revenue machines. They can teach a masterclass in the art of relationship building. They serve on the front lines and can close deals in their sleep. They intuitively know how to pave a path to get the customer to “yes”; the word “no” is simply not in their vocabulary. They go beyond the call of duty to make customers successful.
Lucia is the Head of People and Places for Virta Health, a MedTech company that leverages continuous remote care to reverse type 2 diabetes. She’s passionate about creating compelling and enriching experiences for people of all backgrounds. Her goal is to harness the varied resources organizations have at their disposal to produce cohesive and engaging experiences that help people do their best work while living their best lives. Lucia joined Virta in 2019 and brings with her experience driving performance, innovation, and a sense of inclusion at high growth organizations. Prior to Virta, Lucia led the People Team at Patreon were she set the strategy for all the organizations that directly impacted the employee experience: HR, Recruiting, IT and Spaces. While at Patreon she led these groups through rethinking Patreon’s culture and values, 3xing the team, acquiring competitors, and developing a remote and multilocation workforce. Earlier in her career, Lucia worked in various capacities across HR. Notably, she led global employee engagement and has been the Chief of Staff to the Head of HR at Yahoo. Before joining the corporate world, Lucia studied organizational design and development, earning a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Heather Doshay is a talent and people leader on a mission to change the HR stereotype from administrative burden to strategic partner for startups, specializing in distributed teams and remote work. Equipped with a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, and 15 years of career experience focused on helping people achieve their educational and professional goals. Heather is VP People at Webflow where she leads Talent, People, IT, and Operations teams. Previous to her time at Webflow, Heather served as SVP People and Places at Rainforest QA, led Talent Marketplace at Hired, and taught Organizational Leadership courses at the University of San Francisco. She is SHRM senior certified, serves on the PeopleTech Partners Advisory, and has served on the Forbes HR Council. Her work is also published in Entrepreneur, Forbes, Thrive Global, and VentureBeat.
Amanda only meant to stop over in recruiting when she joined Microsoft, but about a decade later, she's still building teams. After spending about five years in engineering university recruiting, Amanda joined and scaled Lever from 40 employees in one office to 250 in two offices. At Lever, her team focused on building an inclusive and diverse company, providing exceptional candidate experience, and adding exceptional employees to the team. Since joining Retool, Amanda and her team's focus has been hiring across the business, bringing process to hiring practices to limit bias, and hunting for highly motivated team members to push Retool the product and business forward. She's extremely lucky to work with a team of talented, funny, and whip-smart people at Retool and is excited to continue growing the team with her recruiting partners.
Anchor talent leaders build out legendary founding teams. They have a reputation for discovering “diamonds in the rough” and recognize amazing people before anyone else does. They convince veterans to take a chance on the unpredictable startup journey. They empower people to do their best work. They architect community and set the tone for culture.