Member Profile: B Byrne
People from across the Bay Area have joined TechEquity as members. We know that we’re growing a great membership base full of smart, passionate, engaged citizens and we thought we you might like to see who some of these folks are.
Meet B Byrne, Head of Product, Account Security at Twilio.
B is Twilio’s Head of Product, Account Security and was previously the CEO/Co-founder of Clef. At Clef, B open sourced the company’s Employee Handbook, which was focused on creating an inclusive culture and has been used by more than 300 companies. B is currently based in Oakland, California and in 2016 received the Oakland Tech Award from the Oakland Chamber of Commerce.
What is your professional passion these days?
I spend all of my time thinking about how we translate and connect the people we are offline to the people we’re becoming online, and at work that means focusing on consumer authentication — the ways that we identify ourselves online and create permanent connections to the services we use.
What inspired you to get politically/civically active?
I didn’t feel like I fit in where I grew up, and so I sought out a place where I would feel more accepted and understood. Now, having found some comfort for myself, I think a lot about my obligation to reach back to the folks who still haven’t found that place themselves.
Why is it important for the tech community to become more civically engaged?
The tech community is becoming a center for wealth, it’s attracting a lot of attention around the world, and it has this bizarre ability to amplify impact because it has created so many cheap methods of distribution. Each of those on their own would create an incredible opportunity to affect the world positively, but all three together make the opportunity impossible to ignore.
We are organizing the tech community to advocate for a tech-driven economy in the Bay Area that works for everyone. We believe the tech industry can and should generate widespread opportunity instead of inequality and displacement.