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Justin Baker

Lead Product Designer

As a designer who can code, Justin can empathize with a developer's workflow and design intuitive interfaces to address extremely complex functionality. He has built dozens of user interfaces for high-traffic applications — winning the Best of California IT Design award in 2012. He frequently contributes feature flag management and design theory articles to DZone, Tech.co, and DesignerHub. He holds degrees from UC Davis and USC, and is finishing an MS in Information Design at Northwestern. When he's not making developer's lives easier, he enjoys tennis, computer games, and writing.

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Russ Thau

VP Sales

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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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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Dan Richelson

Software Engineer

Prior to LaunchDarkly, Dan worked on highly available enterprise streaming APIs at GNIP and Twitter. Much like a Feature Flagging system, these products were core parts of customers' businesses, making reliability paramount. At LaunchDarkly Dan built much of the multivariate functionality in the SDKs including our comprehensive integration test system. He also built the Android SDK. Dan holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder. When not building the galaxy's best Feature Flagging platform, he is rock climbing, hiking, yoga, and exploring the intersections of art and technology.

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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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Justin Darby

Sr. Account Executive

Justin has been involved in Technical Sales, since starting his career in San Francisco. Most recently, he was working with CTOs and DevOps leaders to help monitor their applications at New Relic. He got to see the trends moving towards continuous delivery, microservices, devops, and faster work flows. When looking into LaunchDarkly, Justin saw this as a limitless opportunity offering a great solution to help in these approaches. Now at LaunchDarkly, he helps companies mitigate risk and release faster with 4 billion feature flags daily and growing. In his spare time, Justin enjoys rock climbing, playing basketball, soccer and the drums.

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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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Danial Zahid

iOS Engineer

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Our Vision
LaunchDarkly's vision is to help software teams build better software, faster and with less risk. By separating business logic from code, we empower technical and non-technical team members to get full control over their software releases.
The Company
LaunchDarkly serves four billion feature flags daily to help software teams separate feature rollout from code deployment, putting power in the hands of the business and freeing up developers. Ultimately, teams can deliver faster, more personalized software with less risk. Companies use our feature flag management platform to control the whole feature lifecycle from launch to sunsetting and manage feature flags at scale. LaunchDarkly has SDKs for all major web and mobile platforms.
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.
Russ Thau VP Sales
Patrick Kaeding Lead Software Engineer
Alexis Georges Lead Frontend Engineer
Justin Baker Lead Product Designer
Andrea Echstenkamper Head of Marketing
Arun Bhalla Engineering Manager
Dan Richelson Software Engineer
Justin Darby Sr. Account Executive
Maleko Taylor DevOps Engineer
Siu-Mei Man Business Operations Manager
Danial Zahid iOS Engineer
Board & Advisors
Josh Stein Board Member
Sean Byrnes Advisor
Nancy Ramamurthi Advisor
Andy Chou Advisor
Giles Goodwin Advisor
Investors