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Fireside Chat with Nick Caldwell, VPE @ Reddit

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Our Guest

Nick Caldwell ( is the VP of Engineering at Reddit ( where he is responsible for building and operating the 4th most visited site in the US. Prior to joining Reddit, he held various positions in engineering leadership at Microsoft across a 15-year career, including work on natural language processing, enterprise search, machine learning, in-memory databases, and business intelligence. Nick's most significant role at Microsoft was as General Manager for the Power BI where he rapidly transformed the company's business intelligence suite by forming multiple new product teams.

Nick holds a degree in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT, an MBA from U.C. Berkeley Haas, and holds 10 patents related to natural language processing. Nick is an active participant in /dev/color: a non-profit whose mission is to maximize the impact of Black software engineers, and founder of Color Code: a scholarship fund dedicated to future leaders of color in technology fields.

If you want to learn more about Nick before the event, check out these great articles ( wrote, particularly this one - From “Hello World” to VP Eng ( A very inspiring story.

Our Moderator

Christian McCarrick ( will be our moderator of the fireside chat session with Nick. Christian is currently VPE @ Telmate, and a senior technology & product executive with ~20 years of experience in strategy, software development, SaaS, enterprise and mobile applications. Outside of work, he is passionate about engineering leadership and has been promoting best practices through (


• How to navigate through critical transitions (e.g. from managing engineers to managing managers, from focusing on tactics to focusing on strategies)

• Best practices of engineering leadership

• Diversity and inclusion


• 6:00PM - 7:00PM Registration + light food & drinks

• 7:00PM - 8:00PM Conversation with Nick

• 8:00PM - 8:20PM Q&A

• 8:20PM - 9:00PM Networking


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• 569 Post St. $12/hr. 24hrs. Indoor garage. 1 block away from the event building

• 415 Taylor St. $14/hr. 24hrs. Indoor garage. Next to the event building
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