Next Stop: InVision!
I’m thrilled to share some personal news — later this month I’ll be joining the team at InVision as Senior Vice President of Engineering. In case you’re not familiar, InVision makes a digital product design platform that is used by some of the most design-forward organizations in the world, including companies like Airbnb, Amazon, HBO, Netflix, Slack, Starbucks and Uber. This is a move I’m particularly excited about, and I’d like to share a little bit about why I’ve chosen to join the team and what I think lies ahead.
Over the course of my career I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the rapid growth of teams at Siebel, Oracle, Amazon and most recently Atlassian. Those experiences helped me find my passion — helping engineering teams scale while delivering incredible value and innovation to customers at ever-increasing velocity.
Earlier this year, I had a chance to meet with a few members of the executive team at InVision when I was in New York. As I sat on a bench facing the Statue of Liberty with COO David Fraga and walked the streets of Manhattan with CEO of Clark Valberg, listening to their vision for the company, I very quickly realized that Invision was the perfect fit for me. The customer value proposition was so simple and so powerful — create a platform that enables every company in the world to deliver incredible digital experiences. As an engineer, the opportunity not only to build great products but also to help others build great products was simply too exciting to pass up.
I was also drawn to InVision for the opportunity to help scale the engineering team over the coming months and years. Over the course of my career I’ve learned many (too many!) hard lessons and had the great fortune of receiving guidance and mentorship from many incredible engineering leaders. Being able to share those experiences with a team that is already passionate about delivering incredible experiences in order to help them scale is something I couldn’t be more excited about.
Another reason for my decision to join Invision is the fact that it’s a completely distributed company. Throughout my career as an engineering leader I have struggled to find the best talent in an industry that arguably has the most competitive hiring environment in the world. Having been through a relocation myself and having hired many individuals through relocation I know how difficult that process can be on an employee and their family. I also know how limiting geography can be to a prospective talent pool. The ability to find great people anywhere and hire them into an organization that is building great products is truly exciting.
Beyond finding great people, being a distributed company offers another unique opportunity that is very close to my heart. Our industry struggles with diversity on many fronts — from gender to race to social beliefs and more. When I spoke to Clark I was really moved by his vision for how InVision could leverage its distributed nature to be more diverse and avoid a corporate monoculture. With 700 employees across 25 countries, it’s clear that they have already made this model work and I can’t wait to be part of the journey moving forward.
If you’re interested being part of that journey, feel free to check out InVision’s careers page.