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.

Building a Stellar Engineering Organization


Claire Hough is the VP of Engineering at Apollo and has nearly 20 years leading engineering and development teams at Udemy, Napster, and Netscape. Claire Hough | VP of Engineering @ Apollo. Vijay Gill | SVP of Engineering @ Databricks. Databricks SVP of Engineering.

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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.

Reverse Engineer Pipeline to Hit Your Goals


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.

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.

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.

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. My answer was instant: I wanted to onboard as an engineer.

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.

Growing Product and Engineering Orgs from Zero to IPO

Tom Tunguz

He left to become VP Engineering at Reddit and tripled the size of the engineering team to 150 people in 18 months. In short, Nick has helped grow engineering and product teams from very small to very big three times. For example, he has a test for determining whether an engineer ought to pursue an architect career path or a manager career path. At this year's Saastr Annual conference , I'm excited to interview Nick Caldwell. Nick has an incredible background.

Data Lake Engines - The Essential Layer of the Next Generation Data Architecture

Tom Tunguz

There needs to be a layer between them to make all that data accessible to these users - a data lake engine. In 2015, we partnered with two young founders to build Dremio. Tomer Shiran and Jacques Nadeau had just left MapR, and they came to work from our offices in Menlo Park.

Adding Engineering Metrics to the Redpoint SaaS Metrics Template

Tom Tunguz

When I shared the Redpoint SaaS Metrics Template, I wrote about the difficulty I had identifying key engineering metrics. I think these three metrics provide a sense of engineering efforts for boards and executives to discuss. I wish there a way to get a sense of engineering cadence or productivity (similar to AE quota attainment), but that remains elusive.

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.

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. Early on, WePay struggled to establish an effective way to grow the engineering team.

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.

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.

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.

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. Engineer first.

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. The most recent article focuses on containerization patterns we’ve been experimenting with and using in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

(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.

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. And, how does he close engineers?

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. It’s important that engineers are given the support to feel comfortable doing this.

How to prepare for engineering interview assignments

Inside Intercom

Interview assignments have become a common component of the hiring process for engineering roles. If you’re interviewing for a job at Intercom, we aim to develop a holistic understanding of the way you think about building product and approach engineering problems. Engineering

Systems Engineering for Platforms & Organizations [Podcast]

OpenView Labs

The post Systems Engineering for Platforms & Organizations [Podcast] appeared first on OpenView This episode of BUILD features Alex Marinos, Founder & CEO of one of the newest members of the OV portfolio, balena.

Capitalize on Product Led Growth by Building a Growth Engine

OpenView Labs

With engineering, support and success teams in place, it’s time to deepen your investment in sales. By building a strategic growth engine. Together, enablement and operations are the new growth engine for modern business. Turn On Your Growth Engine.

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.

The key to having impact as an engineer? Empathy

Inside Intercom

As product engineers, we like to build things, we like to solve problems, and we also want to have impact, right? From an engineer’s point of view, my work was done, right? Empathy engineering. How do we have maximum impact as engineers?

How to start your career as a software engineer in a SAAS company

Agile Payments

How to Start Your Career as a Software Engineer in a SAAS Company

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.

Building a Sales Engine: Nailing Growth at the Series A

Point Nine Land

7 things SaaS founders should do to improve sales operations before gearing up for scale Continue reading on Point Nine Land ». growth entrepreneurship vc-funding saas sales

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.

Embracing the deadline: How engineers benefit from delivery dates

Inside Intercom

Are there any new engineering processes that might slow things down? The post Embracing the deadline: How engineers benefit from delivery dates appeared first on Inside Intercom. Engineering deadlines project management

Top SEO Guides: Search Engine Optimization Strategies And Tips


Articles in this guide are well researched and implemented Search Engine Optimization strategies! With this guide, you’ll be able to understand how SEO works, what you need to start growing on search engine results and how to keep the process going even with Google algorithm changes.

Reverse Engineering Your Startup’s Success

Tom Tunguz

Working backwards is one of the most important skills founders and startups employ because it’s a technique to reverse engineer success. By identifying goals and constraints we can find reverse engineer solutions within those parameters

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.

How we’re building a marketing engine to move upmarket

Inside Intercom

The post How we’re building a marketing engine to move upmarket appeared first on Inside Intercom. Most SaaS companies start with a single solution designed for a single audience.

A framework for optimising your Growth Engine

Aaron Beashel

In a recent post on my blog titled 4 stages of growth hacking , I make the point that optimising your Growth Engine is often an overlooked step of the Growth process. Without having an optimised growth engine (particularly an optimised acquisition funnel & a low churn rate ) you will have a very difficult time scaling your growth either because you cannot find profitable channels or your high churn rate means you’ll hit a growth ceiling.

How to create a Growth Engine for your SaaS product

Aaron Beashel

This framework focuses on combining all these different initiatives into a ‘machine’ I like to call a Growth Engine. What is a growth engine? How do I design a growth engine for my SaaS product? How do I build a Growth Engine for my SaaS product?