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Mentors who worked at Plato

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Ask-Me-Anything on "Managing in a Remote World" with Ryan Scheuermann

InVision's Director of Engineering, Ryan Scheuermann, has been working remotely for 15 years and he offers advice on how to lead remote teams in this Ask-Me-Anything video session.

Ryan Scheuermann
Ask-Me-Anything on "Managing in a Remote World" with Christian McCarrick, VP of Engineering

VP of Engineering, Christian McCarrick, shares helpful tips on managing remote teams! He currently manages a team of 100+ people across 20 countries.

Christian McCarrick
The Work From Home Transition Guide for Leaders
The Work From Home Transition Guide for Leaders

Many leaders are transitioning to work from home for the first time, so I wrote up my experience in transitioning to leading a team from home in the last 6 months. I hope it will help ease your transition!

https://medium.com/@connie.kwan/the-work-from-home-transition-guide-for-leaders-561eb51b6541
Connie Kwan
How Luc Vincent Sets Goals For His Autonomous Driving Team At Lyft?
How Luc Vincent Sets Goals For His Autonomous Driving Team At Lyft?

Luc Vincent was the founder of Google Street View and is the Founder of Lyft Level 5, the autonomous driving unit of Lyft. He hired 300 engineers in 18 months. In this Plato panel, moderated by Heather Rivers, CTO of Mode, and Brett Huff, Engineering Manager at Atlassian, Luc talks about how he sets goals for his team and ensures they stay on track.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/luc-vincent-goals-setting-lyft
How Tom Willerer Motivates Product and Engineering Teams

During his time at Coursera, their product and engineering team grew from 50 to 160 people. As CPO, Tom had to ensure that the team stayed motivated and continued to ship products at a rapid clip. In this AMA, he shares how he did that.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/how-tom-willerer-motivates-product-and-engineering-teams
Tom Willerer
Women In Tech - Archana Chaudhary, Engineering Manager at Adobe

Archana Chaudhary is an Engineering Manager at Adobe. In this episode of Women In Tech, Archana talks about her career path, some of the challenges she has faced as a woman in tech, and how she helps younger women by mentoring them.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/women-in-tech-archana-chaudhary-engineering-manager-at-adobe
Archana Chaudhary
How Nicolas Dupont, VP of Engineering at Akeneo, Solves His Challenges Via Mentorship

Nicolas Dupont is the Co-Founder and VP of Engineering at Akeneo, a Product Information Management solution for eCommerce websites. In this interview, Nicolas tells us about his challenges as a leader of a fast-growing engineering team, and how he solves those challenges via Plato.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/how-nicolas-dupont-vp-of-engineering-at-akeneo-solves-his-challenges-via-mentorship
Nicolas Dupont
How to Lead An Engineering Team During A Period of Hypergrowth

Chris Slowe, CTO at Reddit, was also the first employee back in the day. He started 3 months into the startup as a Senior Engineer, and stayed there as a Lead Architect and Manager until 2010. At Plato, we had the privilege of having him in a community AMA with our mentees. In this article, we’ll share with you the highlights of this AMA.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/lead-engineering-team-chris-slowe-cto-reddit
Finding Product-Market Fit for New Products

Tido Carriero, CPO of Segment, talks about finding product-market fit for new features when your core product already has PMF. While leading product at Segment, Tido helped launch Personas and Protocols, two features that now account for a third of Segment's revenues.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/finding-product-market-fit-tido-carriero-segment
Tido Carriero
Lessons In Leadership

Mo Bhende (CEO of Karat), Cathy Polinsky (CTO of Stitch Fix), and Chris Satchell (CTO of Zume) share their experiences on different topics, from their rise to the role of CTO to inclusion and diversity or building remote teams

https://www.platohq.com/blog/leadership-mo-bhende-cathy-polinsky-chris-satchell-elevate
Surviving Rapid Scaling

For our third talk of the day at Plato Elevate, our recurring event for engineering and product leaders, Loïc Houssier moderated a panel with Dana Lawson, Luc Vincent, and Prashant Pandey, on how to survive rapid scaling.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/surviving-rapid-scaling-loic-houssier-dana-lawson-luc-vincent-prashant-pandey
Loïc Houssier
The Product Triangle

Michael Lopp, aka Rands, is the VP of Product Engineering at Slack. At Elevate 2019, he gave a talk on the Product Triangle - his framework for building a successful organization.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/the-product-triangle-michael-lopp-slack-elevate-2019
Building Alignment Between Product and Engineering

One of the talks at our Elevate conference was a panel on building alignment between product and engineering teams. Tom Willerer, ex-CPO of Coursera, moderated the discussion with participation from Clara Liang (VP of Product at Airbnb), Josh Elman (VP of Product at Robinhood), and Madhura Dudhgaonkar (Senior Director of Engineering at Workday)

https://www.platohq.com/blog/building-alignment-between-product-and-engineering
Madhura Dudhgaonkar
How to Become an Exceptional Engineering Leaders

Gautam Prabhu, VP of engineering at PagerDuty, has been a startup person for a good portion of his 20-year career run. He began in the dot-com boom working at companies such as Fogdog and CenterRun and Sun Microsystems. In this AMA, he talks about what it takes to be an exceptional engineering leader.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/building-exceptional-engineering-leaders-gautam-prabhu-vp-engineering-pagerduty
Gautam Prabhu
Building High-Performing Engineering Teams

Brian Zotter is the VP of Product Engineering at Medium. During Elevate 2019, he gave a keynote on how to build high-performing engineering teams.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/building-high-performing-teams-brian-zotter-medium
Brian Zotter
The Ins and Outs of Evaluating Engineers

During Elevate, Ammon Bartram, cofounder of TripleByte, talked to Denali Lumma, Director of Engineering at Robinhood, Tim Wagner, VP Engineering at Coinbase, and Prachi Gupta, Director of Engineering at YouTube, about best practices for hiring engineers.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/the-ins-and-outs-of-evaluating-engineers
Driving Team Performance With Effective Communication

Tyler Muse, CEO of Lingo Live, talks to Jen You from WeWork, Michael Spiegelman from Netflix, Sue Nallapeta from Apartment List, and Pat Poels from Eventbrite about how to increase team performance by communicating better.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/driving-team-performance-with-effective-communication
Sushma Nallapeta
Managing Distributed Teams

Asanka Jayasuriya is InVision’s SVP of Engineering and gave a talk at our Elevate Conference on how to manage distributed teams across different locations.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/managing-distributed-teams-asanka-jayasuriya-invision
How To Build Collaboration Between Engineering and Product Teams

Rachel Obstler, VP of Product at PagerDuty, shares her insights on building collaboration between engineering and product teams, along with some delightful hockey references!

https://www.platohq.com/blog/how-to-build-collaboration-between-engineering-and-product-teams-rachel-obstler-vp-product-at-pagerduty
Employee Growth and Career Development

At Plato Elevate — Oded Shekel, HackerRank’s SVP of Product, moderated a talk composed of eng leaders from Netflix, Optimizely, and VMware about employee growth and career development.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/employee-growth-and-career-development
Chris Saint-AmantSonesh Surana