16 Open Problems in Engineering Biology

Andreessen Horowitz

Now, because many crucial aspects of biology have begun the transition from an empirical science to an engineering discipline, the pendulum is shifting from “What can we … The post 16 Open Problems in Engineering Biology appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

Growing Product and Engineering Orgs from Zero to IPO with Twitter and Redpoint Ventures


SaaStr favorite Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures was gracious enough to sit down with Nick Caldwell, former CPO of Looker and current VP of Engineering at Twitter. 2 How do you bring along engineering? 3 Take into consideration technical debt & concern from engineering.

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The 4 States of an Engineering Team

Tomasz Tunguz

Most recently, I read An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management by Will Larson. It’s the best book I’ve read on engineering management. Will extends the concepts of systems thinking into engineering management.

How to Reverse Engineer Biology

Andreessen Horowitz

The idea of reverse engineering biology seems like a paradox. How could we ever reverse engineer anything for which we didn’t “invent” the original technology? Biology, on … The post How to Reverse Engineer Biology appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. AI, machine & deep learning bio CRISPR and gene editing healthcare when science becomes engineeringRadios, bridges, computers—all these are human-made, built from logical, clean cut, organized systems.

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

Building a Stellar Engineering Organization


Scott Beechuk, Partner at Norwest Venture Partners, brings together world-class SaaS engineering leaders Claire Hough, Vijay Gill and Weiping Peng for a dynamic conversation on where SaaS technology is headed, how to build top performing engineering teams and what it takes to lead in today’s high-velocity engineering environment. Claire Hough is the VP of Engineering at Apollo and has nearly 20 years leading engineering and development teams at Udemy, Napster, and Netscape.

Reverse Engineer Pipeline to Hit Your Goals


The Future Will Be Genetically Engineered

Andreessen Horowitz

Genetic engineering is in some sense as old as human history, when we first began selectively breeding livestock and crops. … The post The Future Will Be Genetically Engineered appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. bio design gene editing our Summit events Summit 2019 when science becomes engineeringThen came the advent of biotech, and our ability to read, copy, edit, and now write DNA directly with tools.

Building a $100M ARR Sales Team the Second Time Around with WP Engine (Video + Transcript)


I’m the SVP of sales for WP Engine. Then fast forward to WP Engine. I’ve been with WP Engine for the last five-and-a-half years. One of the things that I do at WP Engine I’ve always done is I overembellish that. When you talk to people at WP Engine and you say what do you enjoy most? Well, the one thing that I talk about with first stories, I speak to every new employee at WP Engine during what we call new employee orientation.

The Critical Building Blocks of an Enterprise Sales Engine


In the mid-market and SMB worlds, we can create an activity focused and pipeline coverage oriented ‘reverse engineering’ approach to figure out where we are going to land. Many of you will at some point be faced with a board or executive team who want to get a slice of the juicy enterprise market after experiencing success in the mid-market. This article has some key takeaways on the pre-requisites for success from a sales org profile standpoint.

New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

product management, product development, software engineering, IT, and executives from both commercial. Survey respondents included people in product management, product development, software engineering, IT, and executives at companies of all different sizes. 2018 STATE OF. EMBEDDED.

Developers and Engineers! Here’s everything you CAN’T miss at this year’s Annual.


From large scale mainstage sessions to intimate workshops and even a dedicated lounge, we are carving out some of SaaStr Annual just for developers and engineers. The Developer and Product lounge: This year at SaaStr Annual will have a special place just for developers and engineers. Plato Mentorship Sessions: Plato mentorship sessions are group discussions that are led by leaders in the product and engineering field. The post Developers and Engineers!

Meet Katherine Travis, Sales Engineer & Z-Awesome Winner 


The post Meet Katherine Travis, Sales Engineer & Z-Awesome Winner appeared first on Zuora. Every quarter we recognize exceptional ZEOs with our peer nominated “Z-Awesome Award.” These individuals are entrepreneurial, creative and truly embody […].

The Three Engines of SaaS Growth


Today I’m looking at the three engines of growth, and how you can harness these for your SaaS product In The Lean Startup Eric Ries identified the three drivers of business growth : viral, sticky and paid.

Better engineering through management – the surprising benefits of becoming a manager

Inside Intercom

In the Engineering org, we’ve thought deeply about how to foster long-term growth opportunities for people. Engineering career path. Unlike a lot of companies, Intercom provides tailored training and 1:1 support for engineers who are interested in branching out into management.

A DevOps Guide for Product Managers

Speaker: Suzie Prince, Head of DevOps, Atlassian

In an ever changing world Product Managers are being pushed now, more than ever, to keep up with business and customer demands. At the same time they, and their engineering teams, are struggling to adapt to work in new all remote ways. Luckily, the culture of DevOps and the practice of Continuous Delivery supports product managers and their teams as modern software development evolves at a rapid pace. Join Suzie Prince, Head of Product for DevOps at Atlassian, and make sure your software team never misses a beat during the pandemic.

Top 10 SaaStr Videos of the Week with Hubspot, Dave Kellogg, Gainsight, WP Engine, Github, Y Combinator and More


5: “From Burn-Out to $100M in ARR with Jason Cohen of WP Engine” A SaaStr classic that is maybe even more relevant now. #6: The post Top 10 SaaStr Videos of the Week with Hubspot, Dave Kellogg, Gainsight, WP Engine, Github, Y Combinator and More appeared first on SaaStr.

When should engineering managers write code?

Inside Intercom

Many engineers who make the transition to a management role face a bit of a conundrum – if I stop doing hands-on work, my team will lose a strong engineer and instead will gain an inexperienced manager. But if we can agree that engineering managers should not entirely give up hands-on work, the real question to be asked is not if engineering managers should write code, but when should they write code, and when should they avoid it. Engineering engineering managers

Engineering the Genome: Challenges and Opportunities in the Next Wave of Medicine

Andreessen Horowitz

We’ve gone from small molecules, to antibodies, to using biological machinery itself as we engineer our genomes to treat diseases. … The post Engineering the Genome: Challenges and Opportunities in the Next Wave of Medicine appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. bio CRISPR gene editing healthcare therapeutics when science becomes engineeringTechnology’s ability to rewrite our genetic code is becoming one of the most powerful therapeutic arsenals of all time.

a16z’s Guide to How Science Becomes Engineering

Andreessen Horowitz

… The post a16z’s Guide to How Science Becomes Engineering appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. AI, machine & deep learning bio healthcare newsletters when science becomes engineeringEditor’s Note: This post first appeared as an edition of the a16z Bio Newsletter. To sign up for this and other a16z newsletters, please visit our subscription center here. Biology today is where information technology was 50 years ago.

Become a Revenue Architect (and Level Up) With a Revenue Engine Framework

Sales Hacker

Their goal is to build a cohesive revenue engine with ever-growing disjointed parts. That’s why I’ve built out the Revenue Engine Framework to help drive you to success. Revenue Engine Optimizers Focus on the Entire Customer Lifecycle. This is the how of the revenue engine.

Top 10 SaaStr Videos Of The Week: WP Engine, Automattic, Point9, Asana


“From Burn-Out to $100M in ARR with Jason Cohen of WP Engine” This SaaStr classic shares how Jason, a repeat founder, got to $100m ARR. Amazing engineers that then become “scientists of sales” are a super powerful combination. The post Top 10 SaaStr Videos Of The Week: WP Engine, Automattic, Point9, Asana appeared first on SaaStr. What SaaStr videos were folks most watching this week?

Investing in Engineering


After joining WePay many years ago I’m now its longest tenured software engineer and I’m proud of the corporate culture I’ve helped develop. As a technology company it isn’t surprising that engineering is our largest department and engineering at WePay is an excellent example of WePay’s continued investment in its relationships with employees. Early on, WePay struggled to establish an effective way to grow the engineering team.

Customer Success: Your Next Growth Engine

Groove HQ

The post Customer Success: Your Next Growth Engine appeared first on Groove Blog. How customer success can help you retain and acquire customers Lately, I’ve been thinking about the recent times I’ve reached out to any kind of company for support. All of these experiences have been pretty good. Quick, friendly, informative—everything a girl could ask for. However, when I think about them more, I realize that while […].

Growth Engineer Job Description Cheatsheet

Sylvia Ng

Putting together a job description for a Growth Engineer? The below tidbits are taken from 30+ job descriptions for Growth Engineers, all from tech companies such as Asana, Airbnb, AdRoll, Cybercoders, Mircosoft, UXPin, and Zenefits, to name a few. What do all these job descriptions tell us about growth engineering? I used my favorite lines from the job descriptions to create a rough sketch of a growth engineer. What does your ideal growth engineer look like?

Software Engineer Turned International Traveler


by Pilar Pickering, Senior Software Engineer and Sarah Shaffer, Employer Brand Marketing Intern Meet Pilar. The post Software Engineer Turned International Traveler appeared first on Zuora. Pilar joined Zuora back in […]. Life at Zuora

WePay Engineering and Kubernetes Containerization


The WePay Engineering blog regularly publishes articles about how we use modern technologies to pursue constant improvement in our work. Mohsen Rezaei, Senior Software Engineer, recently wrote about exactly how WePay manages its service mesh with GKE, particularly some of the routing and load balancing options used in the past, then compared them with possible service mesh proxy services. The post WePay Engineering and Kubernetes Containerization appeared first on WePay Blog.

(Engineered) Food. It’s What’s For Dinner.

Andreessen Horowitz

The petroleum era ushered in many of the marquee companies and manufacturing processes of our generation – names such as IBM, BP and … The post (Engineered) Food. bio food x tech syndicated pieces trends 2020 when science becomes engineeringThe new discipline of bioengineering is going to dramatically impact how we produce and consume our food.

Why your engineering processes need to solve real problems

Inside Intercom

I came to Intercom from a company with a culture of heavyweight engineering processes. From an engineering perspective, it successfully kept you focused on coding. When I started at Intercom, however, I was surprised at how lightweight the weekly engineering processes felt compared to my previous company. The post Why your engineering processes need to solve real problems appeared first on Inside Intercom.

ICYMI: Meet Allan Leinwand, Slack’s SVP Engineering

OpenView Labs

This time I met up with Allan Leinwand , Slack’s SVP Engineering, to chat about Hamilton , the best part of his job, and the secret to managing Slack messages like a pro. People will ask me what I do, and I say, “I help run engineering teams at Slack. The post ICYMI: Meet Allan Leinwand, Slack’s SVP Engineering appeared first on OpenView

Engineering Your Own “Luck”: The 3 Key Rules of Building Globally Distributed Teams with Eventbrite (Video + Transcript)


Come and hear about the typical pitfalls (and how to avoid them) from Pat Poels, an executive with over seven years under his belt leading Eventbrite’s now 300+ strong engineering team that sits across North America, South America, and Europe. I started right at the end of 2011, and I started in the role of VP of engineering. The company was 145 people, 40 of which were engineers. From an engineering standpoint, it’s true as well.

How to prepare for engineering interview assignments

Inside Intercom

Interview assignments have become a common component of the hiring process for engineering roles. These technical problems, also known as email screeners or, as we call them at Intercom, take-home tests, are a useful way to initially evaluate the technical ability of candidates applying for engineering positions. We want to ensure alignment with our company and engineering values (often called “culture contribution”). Call with an engineering manager ??. Engineering

How engineers can make an impact outside the code editor

Inside Intercom

Product engineers are experts at identifying, understanding and solving problems. Here are the five areas that we encourage product engineers to contribute to as they seek to maximize their impact. But we’re even prouder of engineers who build great products and then share that knowledge with the world. Intercom couldn’t exist without a myriad of other engineers who’ve solved problems and built tools that we use every single day. Engineering company culture culture

Engineering Customer Success Processes for Maximum Impact

Valuize Consulting

Lean customer success is a continuous improvement methodology focused on engineering customer success processes to maximize their impact, efficiency and scale. Lean customer success provides a methodology to engineer these primary and secondary processes to be integrated end to end. The post Engineering Customer Success Processes for Maximum Impact appeared first on Valuize.

Making the transition from consultant to product engineer

Inside Intercom

Those unfamiliar with what product engineers do could be forgiven for assuming that it’s all broadly the same job. But making the transition from consultant engineer to a product engineer was a revelation – I realized that working as an engineer in client services and working as a product engineer are essentially two completely different jobs, bridged only by the common use of technology. Being a Consultant Engineer.

Engineering Customer Success Processes for Maximum Impact

Valuize Consulting

Customer success processes in B2B software businesses today are often inefficient, siloed and lacking scalability. It’s also typically hard to measure their impact. How were your company’s customer success processes created? Perhaps it was a carefully thought out initiative. Perhaps it was fueled by all of the strategic expertise, funding and time required to develop [.]. articles customer success

Stripe’s Will Larson on engineering and infrastructure management

Inside Intercom

As a startup scales, the importance of infrastructure engineers simply can’t be overstated. They’re the ones making sure your app is secure, that uptime looks good, and that the rest of your engineering org has the right tools to build features your users need and want. Today he’s leading Foundation Engineering at Stripe. One of my friends who had worked at Digg had moved there, and I went to work on the infrastructure engineering team.

Reddit’s Nick Caldwell on engineering leadership

Inside Intercom

On day one as Reddit’s new VP of Engineering, Nick Caldwell faced a dilemma. He had just spent 13 years at Microsoft, most recently as the head of 300 engineers. At Reddit, he led a team of 35 – none of whom knew how to manage other engineers. Engineering leaders must do 2 things: a) execute and deliver high-quality software on a predictable schedule, and b) have the people skills to attract, retain and develop strong talent. I got into engineering through my father.

Smells like team spirit – what sports and engineering teams have in common

Inside Intercom

We borrow a lot of the words and concepts we use to describe our engineering teams from the world of sports – from huddles and scrums to sprints and even goals, the terminology resonates from the pitch to the office. My time as an engineering manager at Intercom has reinforced for me the parallels between team sports and being part of a successful engineering team. Startups company culture Engineering engineering teams

Rapid response: How we fixed our on call process to avoid engineer burnout

Inside Intercom

On call work like this can be a powerful customer orientated activity that connects engineers to the value customers get from your product. We realized that we had ended up with an on call setup we weren’t proud of, and had a number of critical problems that we wanted to solve, such as: There were too many people on call at any moment in time – our infrastructure wasn’t so large that it required at least five engineers having their weekends disrupted.