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Taking over New Engineering Teams/Orgs

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KEYNOTE: What I've learned taking over engineering teams of different sizes

- Lei Yang, VP & Head of Engineering, Quora

Taking over a team can be an intimidating experience, and the challenges vary given the team's size. Throughout her career as an engineering manager at companies like Google and Quora, Lei has stepped up to lead multiple teams with sizes from 5 to 100. In this talk, she will share her experiences and ideas for how to make the process less scary for you and more effective for your team.

PANEL: Success & failure stories, and the epiphany moments behind them

- Jocelyn Goldfein, Managing Director @ Zetta Venture Partners
- Raylene Yung, Head of Payments, Stripe
- Mike Riccio, Director of Engineering, Google
- Krishna Bhagavan, GM, Alexa Reminders, Amazon
- (Moderator) Michael White, Head of Engineering, Caviar, Square


• 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM: Check-in & food
• 6:50 PM - 7:00 PM: Opening remarks
• 7:00 PM - 7:20 PM: Keynote
• 7:20 PM - 8:00 PM: Panel discussion
• 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Networking


Lei Yang (, VP & Head of Engineering, Quora

Lei Yang is VP of Engineering at Quora where she currently leads all engineering teams. Prior to this, she led and managed the feed ranking and content distribution team, and oversaw Quora's machine learning engineers guild. Before joining Quora, Lei grew and managed several engineering teams at Google such as the Google Now recommendations, Google+ personalization, and Google Ads Quality teams.

Jocelyn Goldfein (, Managing Director @ Zetta Venture Partners

Jocelyn Goldfein is a Managing Director at Zetta Venture Partners where she invests in the intelligent enterprise - early stage startups applying AI to solve business problems. She's particularly excited about the potential of AI to optimize infrastructure, security, supply chains, and worker productivity. Jocelyn is a widely recognized industry expert on product strategy, infrastructure, and organizational scale. Her career as an engineering leader spans from early-stage startups to high-growth years at Facebook and VMware.

Raylene Yung (, Head of Payments, Stripe

Raylene leads the payments engineering team at Stripe. She oversees the engineering work underpinning Stripe’s products for multi-sided platforms (Connect), fraud prevention (Radar), and core payment acceptance (Elements). Raylene’s teams also handle the technical integrations with Stripe’s global banking and financial partners, as well as internal tooling for billing and treasury functions. Prior to Stripe, Raylene was an Engineering Director at Facebook, where she led initiatives around privacy, content creation, and the Facebook news feed.

Mike Riccio (, Director of Engineering, Google

Mike Riccio is a Director at Google on an unannounced project. Prior to joining Google, Mike was the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Zoosk, where he led a migration from a monolithic application hosted in private data centers to a containerized set of cloud services, enabling continuous self-service code deployment for engineers.

Krishna Bhagavan (, GM, Alexa Reminders, Amazon

Krishna is currently GM @ Amazon leading Alexa reminders program. Prior to Amazon, he has held Director of Engineering roles at Eventbrite and Yelp. His career has spanned hands-on, startup founder, and engineering leadership roles across a wide variety of products.

Michael White (, Head of Engineering, Caviar, Square

Michael White leads engineering for Caviar, Square’s food ordering platform. Prior to Caviar, he managed engineering teams building Square's payments, point of sale, and hardware products. Michael has a passion for building high-performing teams, helping small businesses grow, and enjoying craft cocktails.