Secrets to Success: Leading Thriving Tech Teams

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Good leadership can mean the difference between a thriving, productive team and one that struggles to achieve their goals and produce quality output.

In our next meetup, learn what it takes to become an effective leader in Seattle's unique tech culture. Whether you already lead a team or are considering a pivot from developer to manager, join us for an evening of lively conversation with high-level leaders.

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Schedule:

5:30: arrive, networking, enjoy great food & drinks
6:00: program
7:00: networking and more tasty food & drinks
8:00: head home

Speakers

Sunjay Pandey, Vice President of Product at Capital One Investing

Sunjay’s Product, Design, Data Science, and Program Management teams partner closely with Capital One Engineering teams to build customer solutions for web, mobile, and emerging consumer platforms.

Prior to Capital One, Sunjay drove Product for the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), launching the SDK that now powers a growing ecosystem of developers and content creators to build voice experiences for Echo (the digital device) and Alexa (the intelligent personality). Prior to Alexa, Sunjay led Product for Amazon Simple Queue Service and Amazon Simple Workflow, both AWS services for building large-scale distributed and big data systems.

Prior to Amazon, Sunjay founded and built startups for over a decade, including: Backseat Driver Games – ¬a platform that let parents feel good about their kids’ screen time by injecting educational content packs into the games they play; Oyogi, a precursor to Quora and Slack, and the first cloud-based product to help knowledge-seekers find and collaborate with experts through web-based IM; and Planix – one of the first cloud-based products to help Product and Technology professionals iteratively estimate and plan app development projects.

Outside the office? In his own words, “I’m happily married to a proud Chicagoan and have 3 kids (2 boys and a girl), all of whom keep me grounded. I love all forms of music and have been known to embarrass myself at an open mic. I love college hoops (particularly watching UNC with my family), and have reluctantly, but enthusiastically, embraced the Seahawks.”

Rebekah Bastian, Vice President of Product at Zillow

Rebekah drives the strategy and execution of product teams focusing on advertising, financial systems, and connecting real estate buyers with agents. Rebekah was one of Zillow's first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and has led the development of several areas of the site since its launch. She spearheaded the initial Zillow Listings Feed program, the introduction of the Zillow Mobile apps, and the advertising products for the Premier Agent Program. Always searching for ways to connect her personal values to her technology career, Rebekah launched the Community Pillar program to help connect low income renters with affordable housing and serves on several local boards related to rising housing costs and homelessness. She has been recognized in the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 and the Inman 33 People Changing the Real Estate Industry. Rebekah earned her Masters of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. She is also mother to two boys, and an aerial acrobat.

Nick Peddy, CTO of Capital One Investing

Nick Peddy leads Capital One’s effort to transform Investing technology. Previously, Nick was steeped in the odyssey that is California’s Silicon Valley startup world, building furiously and wearing many hats as the CTO/Head of Engineering for startups in the ecommerce and on-demand spaces respectively. Prior to that, Nick spent eight years at PayPal as a developer, architect, and leader, building highly available and highly scalable payments transaction systems. His passion is thriving engineering cultures and code craftsmanship.

Moderator: Joanna Power, Software Engineer at Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Joanna Power has been a professional developer for 18 years. After earning a masters degree in computer science from the University of Washington, she cut her engineering teeth at Amazon, where she worked for six years before moving on to smaller companies where she got to wear more hats. She is happiest when working with emotionally-intelligent teams, solving hard problems while developing software that will change the world.