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Russ Thau

Advisor

Russ has spent the past 15+ years learning and following the evolution of sales organizations. Most recently, he was the VP of Sales at Intercom where he grew annual recurring revenue from $1M to tens of millions through sales and self-service channels. This was done through a unique, product, and customer-first culture, all while maintaining focus on profitability. Before Intercom, he was one of the first Sales Managers at Box and one of the first sales team members at SuccessFactors, helping grow both from $10M to $100M+ in annual recurring revenue with successful IPOs. When not leading sales teams, he spends his free time with his wife, son, and daughter. You can find the entire family in Golden Gate Park on most weekends between sporting events.

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Adam Zimman

VP Product & Platform

Adam has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles from software engineering through to technical sales. He has worked in both enterprise and consumer companies such as VMware, EMC, and GitHub. Adam is driven by a passion for inclusive leadership and solving problems with technology. One additional objective is to be a part of a diverse and equitable company. Not simply an organization that accepts diversity, but one that actively pursues a more diverse and inclusive team as a imperative for building better products and services. Adam is also an Advisor for a number of startups and nonprofits. His perspective on life has been shaped by a background in Physics and Visual Art, an ongoing adventure as a husband and father, and a childhood career as a fire juggler.

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Patrick Kaeding

Lead Software Engineer

Patrick was a senior developer at Atlassian where he helped build the Atlassian Marketplace and worked on the Bitbucket team, where he realized the power of feature flagging. Patrick and John prototyped the first version of the Atlassian Marketplace during one of Atlassian’s ShipIt hackathon days. He has pushed the boundaries of what some might consider traditional feature flag use-cases, including database migrations and billing plan management. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University. He is an award-winning home-brewer, and enjoys hiking with his family on the weekends.

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Alexis Georges

Lead Frontend Engineer

Alexis was a developer on the Atlassian Marketplace team with John and Patrick, where he build several data visualization dashboards. He graduated from McGill University with a B.S. in Computer science, and has experience at companies large and small. He cares deeply about design and user experience. He also is an avid open-water swimmer.

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Andrea Echstenkamper

Head of Marketing

Andrea makes marketing machines for developer-focused companies. Recently she built the demand generation programs at open source in-memory computing company Hazelcast. Before that she was a part of Terracotta, acquired by Software AG. She holds a Master’s in International Business and a Bachelor’s in Public Relations from the University of Florida. Andrea is happiest when she’s swimming, singing or learning something new. The best part of her job is collecting stories from LaunchDarkly customers.

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Maleko Taylor

DevOps Engineer

Before joining LaunchDarkly, Maleko worked at Atlassian for 8 years. He started in support and eventually moved into development and DevOps roles on the Atlassian Marketplace team alongside John, Patrick, and Alexis. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University, and was born and raised in Hawaii. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, playing sports, and playing video games competitively.

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Siu-Mei Man

Business Operations Manager

Siu-Mei has an extensive background in operations and administration, spanning a variety of industries from environment and higher education to startups. She is passionate about data, new technologies and being a force multiplier for people who want to make a difference! Her passion for efficiency is contagious, and has helped transform individuals and organizations into well-oiled machines. Siu-Mei holds a BS in Biological Science and BA in Studio Arts from Florida State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, tennis, and building.

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Josh Stein

Board Member

Josh Stein is a partner at DFJ, where his current board responsibilities include LaunchDarkly, Box (NYSE: BOX), Chartbeat, LendKey, Periscope, SugarCRM, and Talkdesk. Josh has also held positions in product management at Microsoft and NetObjects, and was a management consultant in the San Francisco office of The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Crystal Springs Uplands School and the Stanford GSB Trust.

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Sean Byrnes

Advisor

Sean Byrnes is the founder of Flurry, the leader in advertising and analytics services for mobile applications. He is currently an advisor, mentor and angel investor in the San Francisco bay area. You can read his advice and thoughts on building businesses on Sean On Startups and his personal website. Prior to starting Flurry, Sean worked in the innovation group at Verizon Communications developing new business lines based on emerging technologies. Sean earned an undergraduate engineering degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Engineering in Computer Science from Cornell University.

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Nancy Ramamurthi

Advisor

Nancy Ramamurthi is the Chief Marketing Officer at ModCloth.com. She was an early marketer and GM at Yahoo!, established eBay’s global classifieds business, and was a brand manager on diet Coke and Powerade. She was also the CMO and GM at TripIt and most recently she co-founded the peer-to-peer home decor marketplace Chairish. Nancy holds a Kellogg MBA, is a former Parsons School of Design student, a wannabe architect, and an ex-Army airborne captain. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Shiv and 10 year old son, Varun.

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Andy Chou

Advisor

Andy Chou is an investor and startup advisor based in San Francisco. Andy cofounded Coverity in 2003 and served as CTO until its acquisition by Synopsys in 2014. At Coverity, Andy lead the design and development of an advanced code analysis product for the developer market, which was used to improve the quality and security of billions of lines of code. Today, Andy’s interests lie in transformative technologies for developer productivity, devops, application security, and machine learning. Andy received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and his BS in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Giles Goodwin

Advisor

Giles Goodwin is the CEO and Founder at Flite. Giles has over 14 years experience in building innovative software products and managing computer technologies. Prior to founding Flite, Giles was Chief Portal Suite Architect and Director of Engineering at Vignette, a global content management company, where he was responsible for the management and development of composite application and web services technology. Prior to his role at Vignette, Giles was the Director of Engineering at Epicentric which was acquired by Vignette. Prior to joining Epicentric, Giles was the Lead Developer and Architect at Application Park. Giles holds a BS in Physics from UC Riverside, where he is currently a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors for the university’s College of Natural and Agricultural Science.

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Arun Bhalla

Engineering Manager

Arun has been developing software professionally for over 20 years. Before joining LaunchDarkly, he was a team lead at Atlassian, where he was responsible for development and engineering operations of the Atlassian Marketplace; there he had the pleasure of working alongside John, Patrick, Alexis, and Maleko. Prior to that, he was an engineering manager at Coverity. Arun holds a MS in Computer Science and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Illinois. In his free time, he enjoys road cycling, brewing beer, and playing drums in a rock & roll band.

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Joe Ryan

Account Executive

Joe has been bringing software to businesses for three and half years years, most recently at Intercom where he helped companies change the way they treat and communicate with their customers. He helped lead the charge into larger enterprises like IBM and NBC, and build the first Sales team in Dublin and first Sales Engineering team globally. Outside of work, he spends his times Skiing and finding new places to mountain bike and camp.

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Tyler Zick

Account Executive

Tyler has spent that past 10 years cultivating a career that spans affiliate marketing, consulting, social media marketing, and most notably sales. He’s had the privilege of working for Salesforce and Twitter during their earlier stages, where he partnered with Fortune 100-1000 companies across a variety of verticals. His experience at Twitter led him to start his own consulting practice where he helped small businesses with their Twitter and social media marketing strategies. After learning about LaunchDarkly, he immediately recognized the amazing opportunity to help businesses transform the way they deliver software. Tyler is happiest when he’s snowboarding in Utah, catching a concert at the Fillmore, and exploring a new country.

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Zach Davis

Engineering Manager

Zach worked at Atlassian for 10 years before joining LaunchDarkly, most recently as a front-end developer and senior team lead on the Bitbucket team. He has an MS in Multimedia Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He loves food, brewing beer, soccer, basketball, and his wife and kids, though not necessarily in that order.

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Jonathan Anderson

Strategy & RevOps

Jonathan is obsessed with helping startups scale smartly by making data-driven decisions, and he joined LaunchDarkly to help its go-to-market team do just that. Previously, he launched the custom development team at InsightSquared, a SaaS sales analytics startup in Boston. Before that, he was an analyst at Bain & Company. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Natural Science and M.S. in Engineering from Stanford. Although he doesn’t exactly read books, he does listen to audiobooks and the ‘To Be Continuous’ podcast. When not fighting (or starting) startup fires, he enjoys traveling with his partner - they explored over 20 countries in 2016.

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Francis Paras

Account Executive

Francis was an Enterprise Account Executive at Box, helping companies transform their content management and collaboration strategy for the past 9 years. As one of the first members of the sales team, he helped scale the sales organization and is fortunate to have partnered with their earliest adopters. His efforts to position Box's freemium model for the Enterprise helped grow revenue from less than $2M to $399M. He joined LaunchDarkly after recognizing the opportunity to provide a continuous software delivery platform for all companies to provide the best user experience. In addition to spending time with his wife and daughter, he enjoys soccer, hiking, and cooking.

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Zena Davé

Field Marketing

Zena is an Oakland native with a B.A. in Communications Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She kicked off her career in the Sports industry - generating ticket sales revenue for the UC Berkeley Athletic Department. Zena then pivoted into the SaaS world, spending the past year as a top performing Sales Development Representative at Intercom. While at Intercom, she laid the foundation for a brand new global sales development strategy, helping to significantly expand the Sales pipeline. Zena joins the LaunchDarkly go-to-market team in a marketing capacity, working to generate brand awareness and product demand. Outside of work, Zena enjoys watching Michigan Football games, attending music festivals, SoulCycle classes, and walks around Lake Merritt.

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Tim Wong

Principal Technical Account Manager

Tim Wong was formerly a senior engineer and one of the founding members of the Atlassian Technical Account Management team. In the last nine years, he's worked with at least a third of the Fortune 100, helping them get the most value out of their engineering investments. Tools are important, but building a strong culture and growing people are key to making great products. When he's not working, Tim spends his free time dreaming up terrible analogies for complex ideas and indulging his passion for board games. Tim graduated from the University of California, Davis with BA in Philosophy and Dramatic Arts, with a minor in Computer Science.

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Zuhaib Siddique

Software Engineer

Zuhaib was a senior developer at Atlassian for the past 5 years. He was the first non-founder engineer to join the HipChat team, and one of his major projects was scaling out HipChat’s backend data and search engine. Zuhaib led the team that switched HipChat to use ElasticSearch, helping scale the HipChat backend system from processing 110 million messages to over 3 billion messages a year. Zuhaib is a native of San Francisco, and when he is not working you can find him at one of the many coffee shops in The Mission.

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Jay Winstead

Solutions Engineer

Jay has a passion for all things technology. He has 20+ years of combined personal and professional experience in solving technical problems. He has held electronics repair, technical support, network/system administration, and software engineering roles, just to name a few. He is also committed to diversity and equality in the tech industry. He enjoys spending his free time mentoring, playing/developing video games, and attending conferences to learn about cool, new technologies!

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Melissa Patenaude

Creative Director

Melissa is a human-focused creative director who is passionate about the relationship between people, technology, and culture. She has over 13 years of experience working independently, in-house and as a consultant, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, in roles such as lead UI, lead UX, product designer, branding consultant, strategist and lean practitioner. She has worked in a variety of industries including tech, retail, finance, food, media, education, and business. She is dedicated to creating experiences that charm people from the digital world to their daily life - from interactivity to aesthetics, from usability to emotion building products, systems, and service experiences that are human and delightful.

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Andrew Brown

Software Engineer

Andrew has worked on every part of the computer except the chime. His career has taken him from writing IRIX kernel drivers, to designing key portions of high-performance graphics chips used in the Wii, Xbox and PlayStation, to developing web software serving millions of users. He has a passion for building tools that make developing great software (and hardware) easier for himself and his teammates. He has open-sourced software development tools in both Python and Ruby, and is looking forward to contributing to the Golang open source community. The agile, test-driven-development and pair-programming methodologies he practiced while at Pivotal Labs have strongly shaped his perspective, and he intends to keep learning and growing as an engineer and a human being until he is replaced by a Slack bot. Andrew has a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. When he's not typing away, you might find him on a soccer field, picking out a tune on the piano or guitar, or cycling in hills above Berkeley.

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Arnold Trakhtenberg

Technical Support Engineer

Arnold is a jack-of-all-trades at LaunchDarkly. When it comes to support, solutions, and sales engineering, he's your go-to guy. He's one of the co-founders of The Tech Ladder, a platform which fuses social media and trendy tech news. Before LaunchDarkly, Arnold studied computer science at Rutgers University.

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Heidi Waterhouse

Developer Advocate

Heidi is a technical writer turned developer advocate. She loves to give conference talks and hang out with technical people to find out what would make their lives easier. Heidi is passionate about usability, thoughtful design, and bright colors. She was recently awarded the Open Source Citizenship Award for her work live-tweeting conference talks, mentoring, and reminding everyone that they can write the docs, too. Heidi sews all her own conference clothes so she’s sure that they have pockets. The best part of her job is helping people come up with elegant solutions.

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Kim Harrison

Writer & Content Manager

Kim is a professional storyteller. She loves writing, editing, and all things words. She’s adept at deconstructing complex topics into straightforward, easily consumed materials. She’s been working with SaaS companies for over 5 years now helping to translate content into various mediums—including white papers, fact sheets, articles, infographics, video, etc. Her background is in sociology, so it’s no surprise that in her spare time she enjoys photography and reading. Kim is pretty excited about the technology that LaunchDarkly is building and sharing that story with the community.

Our Vision
Our vision is to eliminate risk for developers and operations teams from the software development cycle. As companies transition to a world built on software, there is an increasing requirement to move quickly, balanced with the desire to maintain control. LaunchDarkly is the feature management platform to control the whole feature lifecycle from Concept to Launch to Value.
The Company
LaunchDarkly is a Feature Management Platform that serves over 10 billion feature flags daily to help software teams build better software, faster. Feature flagging is an industry best practice of wrapping a new or risky section of code or infrastructure change with a flag. Each flag can easily be turned off independent of code deployment (aka ”dark launching”). LaunchDarkly has SDKs for all major web and mobile platforms. We are building a diverse team so that we can offer robust products and services. Our team culture is fast-paced, friendly, and supportive.
The Team
Edith Harbaugh CEO & Co-Founder
Edith has more than 10 years of experience in product, engineering and marketing with both consumer and enterprise startups. Most recently she was Product Director at TripIt and Concur. She holds two patents in deployment from her time in engineering at Vignette. Edith has given talks on feature flag management at Microsoft Build, NDC Sydney, GlueCon, and DevOps West; and is a contributing writer to DZone, DevOps.com, and ReadWriteWeb. She cohosts the “To Be Continuous” Podcast with Paul Biggar, CircleCI founder. Edith earned a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and a degree in Economics from Pomona College. She enjoys trail running distances up to 100 miles.
John Kodumal CTO & Co-Founder
John was a development manager at Atlassian, where he led engineering for the Atlassian Marketplace. Prior to that he was an architect and advanced technology researcher at Coverity, where he worked on static and dynamic analysis algorithms. He has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in programming languages and type systems, and a BS from Harvey Mudd College. All in, he has over 15 years experience building tools for developers. He climbs rocks, ice, small boulders, and the occasional building, and enjoys juggling startup and family life.
Adam Zimman VP Product & Platform
Patrick Kaeding Lead Software Engineer
Alexis Georges Lead Frontend Engineer
Andrea Echstenkamper Head of Marketing
Arun Bhalla Engineering Manager
Zach Davis Engineering Manager
Maleko Taylor DevOps Engineer
Siu-Mei Man Business Operations Manager
Joe Ryan Account Executive
Tyler Zick Account Executive
Jonathan Anderson Strategy & RevOps
Francis Paras Account Executive
Zena Davé Field Marketing
Tim Wong Principal Technical Account Manager
Zuhaib Siddique Software Engineer
Jay Winstead Solutions Engineer
Melissa Patenaude Creative Director
Andrew Brown Software Engineer
Arnold Trakhtenberg Technical Support Engineer
Heidi Waterhouse Developer Advocate
Kim Harrison Writer & Content Manager
Board & Advisors
Josh Stein Board Member
Sean Byrnes Advisor
Nancy Ramamurthi Advisor
Andy Chou Advisor
Giles Goodwin Advisor
Russ Thau Advisor
Investors