Award-Winning Secrets to Success from Previous Best Manager Recipients

For the past few years, Tech in Motion Events has encouraged local tech communities to nominate top tech managers from all over North America and celebrated those leaders at the annual Timmy Awards. Thus far, 16 have claimed the trophy as their region’s Best Tech Manager with another 11 looking to hoist the hardware later this year. From bridging the gap between employee and employer to keeping energy levels high, the secrets that these managers shared aren’t just the keys to their success, but also to keeping their teams engaged, eager to constantly improve, and excited to come into work every single day.

Do you have a manager like this? Nominate him or her as a 2017 Timmy Award Best Tech Manager.

Strong management in the workplace impacts every employee within the company. For instance, in a 2015 survey on Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement from The Society for Human Resource Management, 55% of employees surveyed rated the trust between employees and senior management as “very important,” the fifth-highest rated of any aspect considered. For Andrew Santorelli, Senior Development Manager at KANETIX SaaS in Toronto, giving feedback is one thing he has always valued, even from his days as a junior employee. “I always felt like I was doing a good job, but I never knew my manager saw the same thing. It’s hard to know where to put your energy or how to meet expectations when you are not given any feedback.” With the goal of providing more transparency and thus, more trust, Santorelli has implemented various checkpoints throughout the year specifically for giving employees feedback: how they’re doing in the workplace, what areas they’re excelling in, and where they need to improve.

CTA2Of course, there needs to be a balance between work and play. In the survey mentioned above, 53% of employees also rated work/life balance as “very important” to their job satisfaction. However, it’s not just change that has to come from the top: “they always make fun of me because I want to play games or take them to the park,” reflects Eva Pagneux, Product Manager of Hexo+ by Squadrone Systems, based out of San Francisco. She knows that her energy keeps her team motivated even if they do poke fun at her for it.

One of the most important points stressed by multiple managers was finding a style of management that works not just for you, but for the team as well. “Leadership is about responsibility, not authority” says Seth Dobbs, VP of Engineering at HS2 Solutions. Coming from a previous role that included a servant-master relationship with a previous manager, Seth adopted a style of giving responsibility to his employees, so he could lead as a mentor rather than a boss. Empowering rather than directing your employees will help them develop in the long-run.

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And finally, for the advice they’d give all other managers? It’s simple: Venkat Rangasamy, Principal Software Architect at Equinix in San Jose, sums it up best when he says his managing style follows the mantra Do stuff, no bluff.” He suggests to be transparent and a part of the team rather than managing and directing from behind a closed office door. Understand your team members and their concerns, and focus on making others successful, because ultimately, their successes are your successes.

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Ultimately, 2017 will allow 10 regions to crown a new “Best Tech Manager,” one that promotes career growth, ensures a great team culture, inspires innovation, and has a clear and communicated vision to produce a great product. The managers quoted above have embodied what it means to be a great manager by leading their teams to success through their many projects and initiatives and continue to do so year-after-year. To learn more about what it takes to become a Timmy Award-winning manager or to nominate a certain special manager in your life, visit the Timmy Awards’ website here.

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Third Annual Timmy Awards Now Accepting Nominations for 2017’s Best in Tech

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Tech in Motion invites the tech community to choose the top IT employers in North America

(July 11, 2017) – Tech in Motion, one of North America’s largest tech event series, is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2017 Timmy Awards. The Timmys recognize companies and managers that create the best places for technology professionals to work in 10 major cities, with past finalists such as Jet, Venmo, Facebook and Pandora. The awards program will accept submissions here today through August 14.

“While there are dozens of award ceremonies recognizing companies for technological advancements, the Timmy Awards aim to celebrate the employers and managers that make this growth possible,” says Mandy Walker, Director of Marketing at Tech in Motion and Motion Recruitment Partners. “Since the Timmy Awards were created in 2015, over 400 finalists have been celebrated for creating work environments that enable innovation in the technology spheres of various industries.”

For companies or managers in the communities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County & San Diego and Toronto, the public can submit nominations for any of the four Timmy Award categories this year:

On August 21, Tech in Motion will announce the Timmy Award finalists for each region and kick off the voting period, which will officially be open to the public until September 8.  Winners will be selected through a combination of votes from the tech community and a panel of local judges. For a comprehensive description of the awards, nomination and voting process, please check out the Timmy Awards here.

Award winners will be announced at a live ceremony in each city during the month of September, with presentations from leaders in the tech community. The Timmy Awards Ceremony is a free event open to the public. To find out additional event details on the Timmy Awards nearest you, visit techinmotionevents.com.

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Top Tech Leaders in SF Announced at the 2nd Annual Timmys

After submitting 4,600 votes, the world’s biggest tech community selected the winners from the 30 notable finalists, including runner-ups Capital One, Metromile, and Minnie Ingersoll, Founder of Shift Technologies, to represent the best of technology work culture, management and startups in the region.

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“We are excited to celebrate the innovations and achievements of the city’s technology community through Tech in Motion’s Timmy Awards for a second year,” said Andrew Slepitza, Division Manager of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates San Francisco. “Nominees, finalists and winners all embodied the ambitious spirit of growth and energy that makes the ever-growing and evolving technical talent of the Bay Area want to call San Francisco home.”

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The 2016 San Francisco Timmy Award Winners are:

  • Best Tech Manager – Joanne Pons, Senior Director of Software Engineering, from MyVest
  • Best Tech Startup – PagerDuty
  • Best Tech Work Culture – AppDynamics

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Stay tuned to check out the photos of the 2nd Annual SF Timmy Awards here!

“For our second year hosting the Timmys, the sheer variety of the 125 tech innovators nominated shows how the Bay Area continues to flourish as the biggest tech hub in the country,” said Betsy Martin, Regional Director of Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners SF. “We will continue to build relationships, connect the community, and develop the Timmy Awards to recognize the best workplaces for years to come.

The Timmy Awards are presented throughout the year in cities across North America, including Boston, LA, NYC, San Francisco and Chicago. Previous winners include innovators such as Jet.com, LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper and Instacart.

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In addition to S.F., D.C.’s 2nd Annual Timmy Awards also took place Dec. 8. The next Timmys will take place in Boston and LA in April of 2017. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information on the Timmys and to find out when you can attend a ceremony in your city.

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Top Tech Employers and Managers Recognized at 2nd Annual D.C. Timmy Awards

After tallying close to 5,000 votes, Tech in Motion officially announced the winners of the 2nd Annual DC Timmy Awards, honored at a ceremony held December 8 at 1776 Crystal City Campus in Arlington. The local tech community selected the winners from 25 remarkable finalists, including noteworthy first runner-ups InnovatorsBox, SkyBitz and Philip Schmitz of CharityEngine, to represent the best of tech work culture, startups and management in the region.

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“We were thrilled to bring together the technology community last night for the 2nd Annual DC Timmy Awards. Tech in Motion is honoring companies that help solidify the region as a place for technology to flourish,” said Del Crockett, Regional Director of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates D.C. “It was a night of celebration with over 200 technical leaders that claim DC as home base.”

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The 2016 DC Timmy Award Winners are:

  • Best Technology Manager: Andrew Willis, Vice President, eCommerce, at CustomInk
  • Best Tech Startup: Senseware
  • Best Technology Work Culture: Leverege

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“These 25 finalists epitomize what the technology community of Washington DC stands for: innovation, leadership, diversity, and creativity,” said John Howard, Division Manager of Workbridge Associates D.C. “We’re proud to recognize local leaders like these, and by hosting Tech in Motion’s Timmy Awards, we hope to help foster continuous innovation within the region for years to come.”

Stay tuned to check out more photos of the 2nd Annual DC Timmy Awards!

For the first time, last night’s Timmy Awards ceremony also included a keynote address to kick off the ceremonies, given by Shawn DuBravac, the Chief Economist of the Consumer Technology Association. The keynote touched on both 2016 and the future and served as a transition into the awards ceremony.

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The Timmy Awards are presented throughout the year in cities across North America, including Boston, LA, NYC, San Francisco and Chicago. Previous winners include innovators such as Jet.com, LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper and Instacart.

In addition to D.C., San Francisco’s 2nd Annual Timmy Awards also took place Dec. 8. The next Timmys will take place in Boston and LA in April of 2017. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information on the Timmys and to find out when you can attend a ceremony in your city.

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Why These 30 San Francisco Tech Leaders Are Timmy Award Nominees

On December 8th, Tech in Motion is proud to present their 2nd Annual San Francisco Timmy Awards, which will be held at the Autodesk Gallery (One Market St., 2nd Floor). The “Timmys” are hosted by Tech in Motion in tech hubs across North America, with the goal of acknowledging the local companies and individuals that strive to create the best places for technology professionals to work in. After all the votes are in, the finalists in each city come together for one celebratory evening where the winners are crowned as the best (1) technology manager, (2) technology work culture, and (3) tech startup. Here are San Francisco’s impressive finalists.

 

Best Tech Manager

Ayori SelassieAyori Selassie- Senior Solutions Engineer of Salesforce

“Solve big problems both inside the workplace as it relates to diversity and inclusion and outside the workplace by applying their top professional talent”

Ayori developed a framework to promote Work Life Integrity called the Life Model Canvas® and has been very integral at Salesforce in helping employees understand the difference between Work Life Integrity and Work Life Balance.  She developed and delivers workshops on Work Life Integrity where employees use the Life Model Canvas® and the Work Life Integrity Assessment tool to develop alignment of their personal life, family and career goals. Her workshops have been requested throughout the company and have been delivered to many employee groups at Salesforce beyond her own team including Employee Resource Groups, Lean In Circles, the Women’s Technology Leadership group, Business Development group, as well as external audiences at Dreamforce and the Computer History Museum.

Ayori is a standout thought leader for Work Life Integrity who encourages employees to solve big problems both inside the workplace as it relates to diversity and inclusion and outside the workplace by applying their top professional talent to end violence in America with #ThinkDontSqueeze.

Cassy RoweCassy Rowe- Head of UX of Scoop Technologies

“Ownership over work and support in career building”

At Scoop, career growth is one of Cassy’s main focuses for her team. She collaborates with employees to discover what their strengths are and where they want to grow. She then identifies which projects allow her employees to leverage their strengths and watches out for ones that target their desired areas of growth. Her goal is to set her team up for success while allowing them to try new things, step out of their comfort zone, and learn and grow with the support of her expertise.

Scoop leverages today’s advance technologies to create commute relationships between neighbors and co-workers.

Eva PagneuxEva Pagneux – Product Manager of Hexo+ by Squadrone Systems

“Common values and vision are key to success”

Eva focuses her energy on empowering her team to deliver smart devices that simplify people’s lives, setting product vision and supporting their needs. She recently used the design thinking methodology on a purpose exercise where each of team member listed what defines them, what drives them, what the world needs, and then led the exercise to realign together on key themes for their future developments. She also organizes a lot of events – team games, contests, etc. where they have the opportunity to play together and spark ideas.  Because they’re about creating the intelligent systems that do not exist yet, it’s part of her role to stimulate out of the box thinking.

Hexo+ is the first self-flying camera, following and filming you automatically while you focus your energy on the action. After a very successful Kickstarter raising $1.3million in June 2014, they managed to create and deliver 3000 units within a year.

Joanne PonsJoanne Pons – Senior Director, Software Engineering of MyVest

“All should share their opinions, whether they have been with the company for years or they are on day one.”

At MyVest, all team members are paired with a mentor, so they have the opportunity to learn from more experienced team members and  peers. MyVest provides a very generous professional development budget for all employees, and Joanne strongly encourages her team to take full advantage of outside learning and  development opportunities, such as conferences and technical workshops, to build their domain expertise.

MyVest helped an existing customer take advantage of the emerging robo-advisor trend to quickly build their own automated investing offering through their enterprise software platform.

Karl ThomsenKarl Thomsen – CSO of Infuse

“Discussing career growth openly, both formally and informally”

Karl promotes career growth  by arranging formal and informal check-ins with every Infuser. The room in these conversations for the discussion of career growth is infinite. It is up to the employee to decide how deep into the topic of career growth they want to go into with Karl. Karl is known to be extremely easy to talk to about anything, especially career advice. He wants every team member to succeed in their role and his or her  professional career.

One of the products Karl and his team have created for clover is Charity Checkout: Clover’s first and only charity app. This app enables merchants to accept $1 on top of each transaction to donate any of the 60,000+ charities in our database.

Mark TowfiqMark Towfiq – SVP, Product Engineering of UserTesting

“Always looking for ways to improve”

UserTesting’s Engineering Team is based in many different locations (Mountain View, San Francisco, Atlanta) and yet the team is consistently engaged and productive in the company.  Every week the Product and Engineering squads sit down and talk openly with each other. This fosters a culture of comfortable and candid communication.

UserTesting’s Product and Engineering Team are working on perfecting transcriptions of user behavior analytics videos.

Minnie IngersollMinnie Ingersoll – Founder of Shift Technologies

“Striving to be a  role model”  

Minnie created a “management rotation” program for associates one to two years out of school modeled off of Google’s APM program. She leads both the Shift surf trip to Pacifica before weekly All Hands meetings, and  Shift’s running club (while pushing a stroller).

Her team has made it easy to sell used cars from the press of a button. Shift has a sophisticated pricing algorithm that can instantly price cars simply by scanning a car’s VIN from an iphone app.

Prathibha DeshikacharPrathibha Deshikachar – Director, Engineering of AdRoll

“Dedicated and open to hearing likeminded and different minded contributors”

Prathibha leads career growth for the engineering and product team at AdRoll by encouraging outside activities within the Tech community. She is an active member of the internal Tech Ladies organization.  As the company grows she strives to continue improving and sharing.

Adroll’s platform specializes in retargeting customers and works with 15,000 advertisers around the world.

Sebastian TronSebastian Tron – CEO of Hopsy

“Contagious vision”

Sebastian promotes growth through his ecstatic attitude. He pusheshimself beyond the limits of what a manager does in the workplace, and supports personal growth by taking weekly meetings to develop strategies for each employee’s self-growth within the company. He is very attentive to personal needs. He listens to his employees and takes care of them through rewarding them and letting them take time off at any point.

Hopsy has created an intersection in tech and craft beer. Sebastian has created a company that not only supports fresh product, but one that supports the local community.

Susan MernitSusan Mernit – CEO of Hack the Hood

“A framework of innovation and social justice/racial justice”

Susan and Hack the Hood developed two processes that have been huge in creating a strong team culture: a power-sharing process where an elected member of the staff serves a six month rotation on the lead/senior team which ensures that the perspectives of grassroots staffers are heard, and a program called circling up, or clean talk, where staffers can meet in a safe space to talk openly about conflicts and issues as an entire team, without worrying about retaliation or censure. These processes have helped make Hack the Hood a place where people like coming to work and feel safe, seen, and valued.

Hack the Hood connects low-income young people of color and local small businesses through technology, in order to create opportunities for all the people who live in the Bay Area, and beyond, to take part in and lead the change that is happening around them. In 2016, they worked with 9 partners and served 220 youth around the region.

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Best Tech Work Culture

AppDynamics

“Promoting creative growth by maintaining skillsets”

AppDynamics offers a mentorship program that allows higher level employees to train and work with newer employees that are eager to gain professional insight. Their WiT (Women in Tech) initiatives  launched a program targeting  women excited about tech positions, allowing for discounted coding classes and promoting cross function from within.

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AppDynamics measures application performance management and IT Operations Analytics  for small to big enterprises.  Some clients include Microsoft, Salesforce, Glassdoor, and more.

Carbon Five

“A supportive, positive work environment which allows underrepresented groups to thrive in the company; namely women, LGBTQ and people of color”

Carbon Five hosts company summits twice a year featuring a “codeo” event.  At these events, team members are presented with a    theme or a set of projects from which to pick and then implement.  There is always a wide range of resulting projects, some of which are turned into real products. When team members are between projects, Carbon Five encourages its employees to make the most of their bench time, such as writing a blog post, working on an internal project, or researching new ideas .

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Carbon Five is a digital product development consultancy,  partnering with clients to create exceptional products and grow effective teams.

Capital One

“Experiment and try new things”

Capital One has several programs in place that foster innovation and creativity in technology: from a yearly technology wide innovation challenge, to numerous hackathons, and other forums to experiment and display new ideas.

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Capital One provides digital banking products that are continuously evolving and based on the latest technologies.  They were the first large national bank to start moving production workloads to the cloud.

Cooper

“Applying design to create innovative and inspiring work cultures and redefining entire industries”

Cooper is a company that fosters technical creativity through a number of outlets, including their commitment to pair design, thought leadership, and overall work culture. Their practice is founded on striking the balance between championing designer autonomy and pushing pair design to foster a truly innovative environment for technical creativity.

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Cooper is a design and business strategy consultancy, with the mission of helping organizations think big, create delight, and achieve success.

CrossInstall

“Embracing a positive work environment and a work to live philosophy”

Each of the developers at CrossInstall get to own and design their projects end to end, bringing their vision to the development, implementation, and design of the product. CrossInstall gives its employees the freedom and they support the need to tackle hard problems.

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Offering a holistic ad solution for mobile gaming companies, CrossInstall utilizes  PrePlay ads it creates with its programmatic, performance-based bidder to ensure that the ads hit the right target audience.

Stimulant

“Encouraging participation in a wide variety of emerging and creative technology learning opportunities.”

Stimulant’s environment is highly collaborative and creative. They hold daily company-wide “scrum” meetings where everyone is encouraged to share their feedback.  Each team member contributes creative ideas or technology solutions for all active projects. Aside from their daily meetings, they continually encourage open communication when it comes to technical creativity throughout the life cycles and in day to day activities in the studio.

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Stimulant uses emerging technologies to transform static physical spaces into dynamic interactive environments. They craft human-scale, site-specific digital experiences that tell stories in unique ways, drive face-to-face interaction, and create lasting memories.

Treasure Data

“Constantly looking for ways to be more creative”

Treasure Data’s whole company is based on technical creativity. Treasure Data constantly encourages feedback on how processes are being run and management is always available to answer one’s technical questions no matter how small or large.

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Treasure Data a cloud infrastructure for analytics at scale. They are able to collect data from most of a company’s inputs, store that data, and send it to a BI tool using SQL.

Trulia

“Innovation is core of culture”

Employees of Trulia are always working together to create and build the next big thing, and they have a lot of fun along the way. For instance, Trulia hosts a quarterly “Innovation Week” as dedicated time for all employees to experiment with new product ideas or work on projects they’re passionate about. They postpone regularly scheduled meetings and encourage participants to instead work on big ideas and with new technologies and teammates.

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Earlier this year, Trulia rolled out a brand new product for the online real estate industry, called Rent Near Transit. This new feature helps users find rental listings within a 15-minute walk of the transit stops.

WalkMe Inc.

“Fostering out-of-the-box thinking and crowdsourcing ideas”

At WalkMe technical creativity is highly valued. WalkMe has always promoted technical creativity, whether by hosting their annual hackathons or by encouraging collaboration between technical departments globally. They work to develop a customized solution using WalkMe in new ways to help clients improve their UX and reach their business objectives.

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WalkMe’s platform simplifies the online user experienceby driveing users to action with an online experience that is personalized, effortless, and error-free.

Winnie

“The importance of family and work-life balance is built into the culture.”

To get so much information at scale, Winnie engineers have had to be very creative — from building robots to collect some of this information to pulling in massive amounts of data from publicly available (but very inaccessible) data sources. Because Winnie is such a small startup, everyone is encouraged to understand and be involved with the entire stack. For example, the same person who works on the  website also works on infrastructure and backend. Winnie encourages employees to stretch and learn about new areas of the stack.

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With a database of information on over 1 million places, Winnie gives parents the information they need to travel, explore, or even just run errands with their kids.

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Best Tech Startup

applovinAppLovin

 “Freedom and flexibility to execute ideas”

The CEO and co-founders of AppLovin employ an open-door policy. Team members can address their concerns or talk about sports with the co-founders. Everyone is trained and stimulated to grow and have a voice in the product.

Applovin’s  marketing platform provides marketing automation and analytics for brands to reach consumers on mobile.

bluecartBlueCart

“An open door to discuss ideas and challenges”

The founders of BlueCart give credit to their strong, intelligent, and supportive team as one of their main reasons for success. In the land of high-tech, forward thinkers are essential to the development of the company. Every year, the three offices (SF, NYC, & DC) gather together to conjure up new strategies and innovative ideas to take BlueCart to the next level.

BlueCart digitizes the back of house process for the hospitality industry. That includes restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, country clubs with cafes, and more.

madefireMadefire

“By nurturing the creativity, employees can  realize their greatest strengths and discover common goals”

Madefire recently announced the launch of its virtual reality comics platform at the 2016 Comic-Con in New York. The revolutionary idea to leap into the third-dimension was born of the late-night musings and tinkering of one of the company’s engineers. Inspired by some of Ben’s panoramic illustrations, Diego Medina engineered a GearVR prototype of comic panels whizzing through the blackness of space. They immediately recognized the potential of VR to propel the medium. Madefire provides an end-to-end digital comics publishing platform that is available free to anyone with a web browser, an Internet connection and a story to tell.

metromileMetromile

“Create fiercely loyal employees”

The Metromile office is open, welcoming, and collaborative. The leadership fosters a work environment that is all about enabling the team. They provide context and coaching, including clear goals, defined roles, and expected metrics. Leaders are sources of knowledge, conduits for effective communication, and great coaches.

Metromile is a car insurance startup that offers pay-per-mile insurance and a driving app.


Monday and Motorbikes 2Monday Motorbike

 “Cross-department brainstorming.”

 Monday Motorbike utilizes open seating to facilitate cross-department brainstorming. This helps to increase the company’s efficiency and the implementation of new solutions across the entire company. Currently, Monday Engineers in collaboration with Intel are developing cloud connectivity that will enable riders to connect their phone directly to their bike to get instant riding metrics, remotely unlock the M-1, locate their M-1, program Geo-fencing, and performance.

The M-1 is the only e-bike with the feel of riding a motorcycle to create a bridge between bicycle and motorcycle riders. Not only is Monday Motorbikes including the newest technologies, but main parts are made in house and patented.

pagerdutyPagerDuty

“Show don’t tell attitude”

PagerDuty has a collaborative work environment with a “show don’t tell” attitude.  PagerDuty champions customer experience, and emphasizes depth in building markets, driving operational excellence, and cultivating high-performing teams.

PagerDuty is the enterprise incident resolution service that integrates with ITOps and DevOps monitoring stacks to improve operational reliability and agility. From enriching and aggregating events to correlating them into incidents, PagerDuty streamlines the incident management process by reducing alert noise and resolution times.

stitchlabsStitch Labs

“Six core values: be curious, own your impact, act with integrity, love your neighbor, grit – have it, and accelerate as one.”

One of the most important traits the Stitch Labs team looks for when interviewing prospective employees is curiosity. To be forward thinking, a person must be curious about how a product, team, or even industry could be different—and then think creatively and strategically about how to create change. The Stitch Labs team is constantly iterating and expanding their product offerings.  They’ve created an advisory panel from their  product and engineering teams to work with clients  to better understand the problems,  address them , and  drive their  product in the right direction.

By automating, centralizing, and streamlining multichannel inventory and operations into a single platform, Stitch Labs provides retailers with the visibility, control, collaboration, and insight needed to drive profitability and scale growth.

tradeshiftTradeshift

“Creating a foundational change in how business is done”

Tradeshift is  committed to transparency. Traditional all-hands meetings have been kicked to the curb. Instead, they have monthly “Big Syncs” that include a different set of executive speakers and last anywhere from one to two hours. Big Syncs are highly interactive. Forty-eight hours in advance of each one, a sheet is shared with the entire company for employees to post questions principally for the CEO, Christian Lanng, but he opens the floor for others to answer and discuss/debate.

Tradeshift is taking a fresh approach to buyer-supplier processes. They help companies transform their operations and rapidly adapt to the new digital reality that’s changing business worldwide.

uploadvrUploadVR

“Concentration, stimulation, and productivity”

The environment at the Upload Collective has the feel of working at your best friend’s loft – a vibe of relaxed concentration in a stimulating space that’s also extremely productive with access to the most cutting edge equipment available. Upload VR is the product of industry development vision and work that started well before most people were even aware that VR was finally becoming a viable technology.

UploadVR’s  product supports the entrepreneurs of the future with deep emphasis in immersive tech. The unique blend of hardware and software support they offer helps to ensure that the companies in their ecosystem succeed.

voicebaseVoiceBase

“A work environment that fosters the passion”

At VoiceBase, it doesn’t matter whether you work from the office or home, if you travel often or even the number of hours you work. VoiceBase team members are all available when needed and are expected to perform on individual goals as well as team and companywide goals.

VoiceBase is an API solution for speech recognition and speech analytics.

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The Timmy Awards ceremony will celebrate the local technology community and also recognize not only the winners, but the entire San Francisco community for creating a great business environment to thrive in. The event itself will be a great opportunity to network with finalists and other members of the tech community.

RSVP here to attend the SF Timmy Awards and meet all the finalists  in person!

How to Earn $200K+ as a Software Engineer

Over the last two years, Tech in Motion’s proud supporters, Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates, have worked with hundreds of thousands of engineers across the United States and Canada to find these tech professionals exciting positions. While the vast majority end up in positions that pay between $50,000 and $140,000, these agencies have also placed many engineers at the $200K-$300K+ range.

Many candidates wonder: “What qualifies an engineer for a $200K+ salary? And how can I get there?” Given the 27 years of experience that Jobspring and Workbridge have working within the technology industry, it is clear that there are some key factors that you should keep in mind before you go shooting for the stars. Here are the top four determinants that can help you map out your career as well as help you dream and achieve bigger:

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1. Location, Location, Location

You can be the greatest developer with a Ph.D. in Engineering, but a $200K position may not exist in the geographic region you live in. Are you willing to relocate? Most of the job openings in the $200K range that Jobspring and Workbridge often deal with are located in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. If you’re not open to relocating to a place where the pay is higher, you may be limiting yourself.

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*Based on Jobspring and Workbridge Placements.

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2. Experience

Experience plays a critical role when it comes to salary negotiation. Over the last four years, there was only one person that these agencies placed at a just-under-$200K salary who had only two years of experience. (This person had some exceptional accomplishments and specialized in Front-End Development.) Most companies want to see at least seven years of experience before they even consider higher six-figure salaries. In fact, the majority of the agencies’ $200K placements were with candidates that had 11-28 years of experience.

 

3. Technology and Skills

Technology and skills are critical components to gaining a higher salary. Do you have the right skills? Do you need to learn a new programming language or move to a different field or niche? Your skills, and how you can sell yourself, are essential parts of getting the highest salary possible. Based on all of the placements done by Jobspring and Workbridge from 2013-2016, Java Developers were the leaders of the $200K club. Mobile, Network Security, Front End, Ruby on Rails, Product Management, and UI/UX were all among the top technologies when it came to highest salaries.

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*Comparing Jobspring and Workbridge salaries by technology and experience with the average for Software Engineers.

 

4. Seniority and Leadership

The majority of people placed with a $200K+ salary are generally at a Senior Management or C-Level position working for a startup or Fortune 500 company. Often times, these people are placed with companies who were looking to hire “on the street” to fill their VP or C-Level positions. So if you think that a Ph.D. in Engineering and decades of experience will eventually guarantee you a big promotion to a Senior Executive level, think again. A lot of employers feel comfortable hiring experienced engineers working for other companies and don’t see the need to promote within the company.

As an engineer, you must prove that you are not only a talented coder, but also an effective manager who can lead others, take ownership, and make critical decisions. At the Senior Executive level, you need to demonstrate leadership acumen. An MBA (full-time, executive, online, or part-time) with a Master’s Degree in Engineering and a focus on Management, as well as courses and a certificate on Leadership, are all important aspects of becoming a candidate who can qualify for a higher six-figure compensation.

 

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New Partnership: Verizon Wireless + Tech in Motion

Verizon Communications, the largest U.S. wireless communications service, broadband, and telecommunications company, and Tech in Motion Events, a national event series with over 60,000 members, have recently announced a new arm of their partnership in order to create a short-run, custom event series with the goal of bringing interesting material and speakers to Tech in Motion members across the country.

 

Taking place in four major U.S. cities between March and June 2016, the two companies are expounding on the relationship between user experience and the digital age. Attendees can expect to learn from executives at local and national companies that offer consumer-facing products.  Kicking off last month in New York City with a tech talk, the event series will travel to San Francisco in May, before concluding with two June events in Boston and Chicago.

See more photos of New York’s UI/UX event on Tech in Motion’s Facebook page.

User experience (UX) is becoming ever-more synonymous with customer experience and this has led many companies to value UX as a very high priority. With this in mind, it made sense to both parties to create UX-focused content in order to educate Tech in Motion members and local tech communities across the United States.

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For Verizon, this partnership is a way to increase awareness of the new technologies that the company is working on, clarify what they are doing to increase the ease of in-person and online consumer experiences, gain insight into the brand’s public perception, and finally, help foster these local tech groups across the United States.

 

“I think the community we’re both trying to foster aligned perfectly and it was a natural fit to build and grow out a series that the tech community really values,” says Phil Burrows, a Verizon external communications coordinator and the person who has spearheaded the long-running partnership. “In partnering with Tech in Motion for the last two years [the experience has] been great. They really understand their audience and deliver highly engaging events which allow us to connect directly with the tech community. It’s hard to get that with other partnerships.”

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For Tech in Motion, a partnership with Verizon brings diverse voices together across the nation to discuss the universal effect that user experience has on the consumer. For those not lucky enough to catch these discussions, this partnership also opens the door for additional custom event series with blue chip companies in the near future.

 

“We are excited to partner with an industry leader in the wireless space that’s making big strides in the user experience industry, and we could not be more excited to have Verizon share their knowledge, insight, and strategies with our membership,” says Mandy Walker, the Senior Manager of Marketing & Events with Tech in Motion.

 

“In the past, we’ve done these types of partnerships with a few other big names such as Microsoft and Blackberry, and in my experience, our community has responded well and learned a lot. We’re extremely happy to continue these types of partnerships with Verizon and with other large companies moving forward.”

 

These events will not only touch on all things UX, but will cover a gamut of topics including:

  • the collection and implementation of data in order to improve design
  • the intersection of user experience and network infrastructure
  • a look at the future of UX

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Each panel event will include executives with backgrounds in user experience, data science, and/or network infrastructure that work in companies ranging from large corporate to small startups. The panels are aimed to be balanced with knowledge across all areas of discussion and include panelists that are thought leaders in their own respective fields. They are geared for a wide audience and will not be over-technical.

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Transportation Startups Talk UI/UX and Core Design

Last month, Tech in Motion San Francisco members got an exclusive insight into the world of UI/UX design from the perspective of transportation startups.

The discussion featured up and coming companies such as Metromile, Scoop and HONK. Metromile generously opened its doors for the night and welcomed more than one hundred attendees into their new spacious and trendy office. The transportation industry, coupled with technology, is a hot topic and among the top most disruptive in the world, according to Tech Crunch.

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The panel of design experts consisted of Matt Stein, Director of Design at Metromile, Cassy Rowe, Head of Design and User Experience at Scoop, and Jake Honig, Vice President of Product Marketing at HONK. Shira Abel, who is the CEO and Lead Strategist at Hunter and Bard, asked the group of panelists to discuss what their core design principles were for their respective companies.

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Stein, representing the pay-per-mile insurance startup Metromile said, “We focus on making things ‘glanceable’, very clear, and the last would be an acronym we refer to as D.E.A.F. – delightful, engaging and fun.” Read more about these 3 UI/UX principles you need to know at a startup here.

For startup Scoop – an automated carpooling service – their main principles revolved around safety, user feedback regarding experiences using the service, and context, according to Rowe.

See more photos of the UI/UX event on Tech in Motion’s Facebook page.

HONK, the towing and roadside service company, focuses on delivery. Honig explained that HONK’s goal is ensuring that the process for its users will be fast, easy and deliverable since customers using their services are typically facing crises.

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Kam Wong of Hong Kong, China was attending his first ever Tech in Motion event that night and said it was definitely “worth the drive.”

“It was interesting,” said Tiago Varandas from Amsterdam. “I liked when they explored the area of automated vehicles.”

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Overall, the tech talk was educational and insightful, and our Tech in Motion members certainly did not leave empty handed thanks to Metromile! Upon arrival, each attendee received a Metromile ‘swag bag’ filled with amazing and useful branded trinkets, including a Tech in Motion card holder for phones.

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UI/UX Design Principles at a Transportation Startup & Beyond

Written by Matt Stein, Director of Product Design at Metromile

I’ve been at Metromile for about ten months now. It’s my first startup and in short I love it. Previously, I led design for the Salesforce Community Cloud and was all things AutoCAD during my time at Autodesk. The biggest thing between the two previous companies and Metromile is size and maturity. They are big goliaths! Metromile is small and nimble. I joined Metromile as employee 65. There was an existing design team doing great work and my primary goal was (and is) to elevate design at the company, incorporate strong design processes, and be the champion for the user.

In my relatively short time here we have accomplished a lot; an app redesign, refreshing our quote and enroll flow (have you got a quote yet?), new processes, visioning weeks, new state launches, and hiring hiring hiring (which deserves a blog post unto itself). It’s been an amazing whirlwind that I could not be more proud to be a part of.

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Along the way I have learned a lot and have tons more to learn. Every day poses new and interesting challenges. Below is a little insider info into UI/UX design from me, and teaser of some of the topics we will be discussing at the panel event on Feb. 25 hosted at Metromile’s offices.

What are the three UX principles that are most important to a transportation startup? Why?

Three principles, beyond the core principles of intuitiveness, ease-of-use, and others, that we keep in mind are “Glanceable”, “Clarity”, and “D.E.F.”:

  1. Glanceable – People aren’t using our app like Facebook or Instagram. They open the app to see where there car is, view their last trip, check their fuel gauge, etc. That information needs to be at their fingertips.
  2. Clarity – Secondly, it needs to be clear. There is a lot of data about your trip. What do we show you, what do we not show you. What’s that sweet spot.  Don’t show information just because we have access to it. Less is indeed more.
  3. Delightful. Engaging. Fun.- This is kind of three in one, but how do we make using the app a delightful, engaging, and fun experience. How do we get the user to like the app so much they want to go and tell their friends. This comes down to both features in the app and how we go about design. Our street-sweeping feature is a great example. People are alerted to a possible ticket and are delighted that we have saved them money.

How do you delight and engage your users?

Taking a step back, we’re taking something like car insurance, which is typically dry, and making it fun and engaging. Our first goal is always to get you the information you need or enable you to complete a task. Many Metromile customers are actually delighted by our feature set alone. Street sweeping, which I already mentioned is a great example. The ability to see the amount of fuel left in your car is another.  Outside of specific features, the design team looks for touch points where we can add delightment and engagement. One opportunity we had with the Metromile app was our use of illustrations for empty and loading states.  These illustrations are fun, reflect our brand, and tie together the online and app experiences.

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In an exploration of our dashboard redesign, we’ve been able to do some really fun stuff that infuses our brand with your car.  If you drive a Prius, you will see your Prius in our illustrative style above your policy info. If you have a Mustang, you will see your Mustang in our illustrative style. It’s not realistic that every car will have a specific illustration, but we are hitting the most popular among our user base. We could have just had a generic car avatar and left it at that – but in user testing, the look you see on people’s faces when they see their own car pictured is just awesome (that’s the delight factor!).

What is the most recent change you have made to your design process? Why?

The team recently read a great article by Scott Hurff about designing for the whole user interaction stack – basically every state of a user’s interaction. You might be thinking, “Yes, this is obvious,” but too often anything other than the base or ideal state is overlooked. It is an afterthought for design and development. Scott goes into great detail about many examples of Partial, Empty (Blank), Error, and Loading states.

We brought this idea into our design process for a new project and changed this around a bit. We call it BLEEP, which stands for Base, Loading, Error, Empty, Partial. It guides the designer and team to think about all of these different states from the beginning. Too often everything but the Base state is overlooked or an afterthought.  This puts it in the forefront. It has also helped to develop a common language between design and development. BLEEP is just part of our product development process now. Plus the name is cool.

If you’re interested in hearing more about UX/UI Design in the Transportation Space, join me at the next Tech Talk, Feb. 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Metromile (690 Folsom Street). RSVP here.

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Matt Stein, Director of Product Design, Metromile

Matt champions the user’s needs across mobile and web products as the Director of Design at Metromile. Before that, he was the Director of UX at Salesforce for the Community and Chatter products. Matt has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from University of California at Santa Barbara.

8 Tech Companies That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Are you struggling on the apartment hunt? Don’t know where to park? Don’t have a car? Don’t want to get off the couch to change the TV channel? Everyday life is full of hurdles, but tech companies in San Francisco are coming to the rescue, and locals got the chance to see how.  At Tech in Motion’s September event, more than 200 enthusiasts packed the coworking space Geekdom SF by Rackspace for a night of networking, drinks and demos from 8 startups that could revolutionize our lives. Check out some of the latest products and ideas from these hot tech companies; Ring ZERO, Stitch Fix, Metromile, Getaround, CurbNinja, Lovely, Nommery, AdtoApp, and GroovBooth.

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Demo Company Highlights of the Night:

    • Want a tech wearable where you can turn on your TV, change a presentation slide, and even control your game? RingZERO is a wearable input device that allows you to control almost anything! During the duration of the event, they kept score for one of the games and the top scoring techie walked home with their very own RingZero.
    • Stitch Fix showcased racks of hand-selected clothing that were made to fit specific lifestyle and body shapes based technologies built in-house by the Stitch Fix’s algorithms and engineering teams.
    • Another hit of the night was Metromile, who is revolutionizing the auto insurance world with its pay-per-mile model. They had a swag wheel at their booth constantly spinning, so a number of winners walked away sporting some new Metromile gear throughout the night.
    • Getaround, past winner of TechCrunch Disrupt and a “top startup to watch” according to the Wall Street Journal, is a local company based in San Francisco that enables peer-to-peer car sharing. Through their app, they’ve built a unique community where people can locate, rent and unlock great cars simply by using their phones, for as little as $5 an hour. Members can also rent out their whip for a maximum earn of $10,000 per year. Craving a BMW? A Tesla? Check, check.

Interested in being a demo company? Contact the organizers of the closest Tech in Motion chapter to get involved.

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    • CurbNinja knows that parking in the city can be a nightmare for motorcycles and scooters, from tickets to damage to towing. Their platform helps motorbikers find free & paid parking nearby and share new spots with the community. Spots are easy to comprehend and include photos to reduce confusion. All spots tagged have been vetted by riders within the CurbNinja community. The app also conveniently displays all the motorbike-friendly businesses nearby.
    • Mobile app revenue tracker AdtoApp presents an innovative solution for better revenues. They aim to double your revenue based on an adjustable algorithm involving the on-going filtering of demand-side buyers by eCPM rate (effective cost per thousand impressions.) The eCPM rate is calculated by dividing total earnings by total number of impressions in thousands. AdtoApp uses their automatic algorithms to mediate the highest eCPM and approach a 100% fill rate.
    • Lovely created a new solution to apartment hunting pitfalls. Their product gives users real-time data and innovative tools to help renters find and lease without breaking a sweat. According to Lovely, their work isn’t finished until they can help renters everywhere find the perfect place.

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  • An algorithm built by Nommery that matches members with fellow diners who are compatible based on interests, personalities and motivation (e.g. they joined Nommery to meet new friends, professional connections and/or romantic partners.) Each member will only see events catering to their specific wants and needs.
  •  A special appearance by the GroovBooth photo booth brought in attendees to take pictures with friends using cool props like wacky sunglasses and cartoon-staches.

Join the Tech in Motion chapter closest to you so you’re in the know about awesome tech companies like these!

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