Presentation: Building Great Engineer Cultures from 0 to Scale

Track: Building Great Engineering Cultures

Location: Seacliff ABC

Duration: 1:40pm - 2:30pm

Day of week: Wednesday

Level: Intermediate

Persona: Architect, CTO/CIO/Leadership, Technical Engineering Manager

Abstract

After building Pinterest from the beginning and rebuilding Reddit's engineering team as CTO, I can safely say building startups is hard. As a founder, engineer, lead, or manager, you not only have to build a great product and secure funding, but also build a great culture. If you don't build a great team, you will fail.

We're going to look at how companies evolve from very early stage startup growth to big companies and many of the management / cultural challenges faced at various inflection points in growth. I'll introduce a model that I used at Pinterest and Reddit to break up the understanding of culture into smaller portions that we can then use to grade ourselves and fix bite sized issues.

Along the way, we'll dig deep into how to how common culture issues appear plus ways to fix them, looking at issues around trust, goal setting, communication, safety, and org structuring.

Speaker: Marty Weiner

CTO @Reddit, formerly 2nd engineer @Pinterest

Marty is a founding engineer at Pinterest and former CTO of Reddit (now an advisor while on sabbatical). Currently writing a book, building full-size doids, advising rising startups, building top secret prototypes, and chasing his kids around the house.

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