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This VP of Software Engineering Strives to Make Things Better

Jan. 8th 2018

The reasons why a person embarks on a journey to become a software engineer are ample: unlimited employment opportunities, generous salaries and benefits, pursuing passion. But for Sha Ma, the VP of Software Engineering at SendGrid, what initially drew her to be a software engineer is the ability to make things better. Sha elaborates "Collaboration and working in teams are crucial aspects of engineering. Being able to effectively communicate is a huge part of our day to day."

Managing and facilitating effective communication across teams within the workplace is no simple feat. Sha and her colleagues at SendGrid take it a step further to actively promote a sense of well-being and community amongst its employees. "SendGrid focuses heavily on creating ways for our employees to connect with one another and to make an impact within our local communities. Whether it's our new office space layout or twice a year alignment offsites or interest groups, we provide employee opportunities to meet and to connect in informal settings as we continue to grow. SendGrid is also forefront in local community involvement. We are heavily involved in tech meetups, startup mentorship, giving back to the community and women in tech events."

One way SendGrid accomplishes its goals of open communication is by permeating a "4H" culture: happy, honest, humble and hungry. "Every employee lives and breathes these values. We've incorporated them deeply into our everyday vocabulary, where people are comfortable giving each other feedback by saying 'Honest H…'. We place a high emphasis on culture during our recruiting and hiring process, where each 'H' is vetted carefully during the interview process. Culture is one of the most difficult things to scale in a fast growing organization, and we work hard on keeping true to these values. I've never been at another company where the culture is so apparent in everything we do," Sha clarifies.

Although culture is an important part of any successful and rapidly growing environment, Sha's day-to-day duties consist of leading the software development organization at SendGrid, building and scaling their world-class email Infrastructure, delivering over 36 billion emails on a monthly basis. Sha is also responsible for continuously developing new products and features to create better experiences for SendGrid's customers.

Sha joined SendGrid as a Senior Director in 2015. Her journey from an individual contributor to a people leader has been a fortuitous and gratifying one. Sha says, "I'm an Engineer at heart, and am always interested in solving problems and making an impact. Becoming a people leader allows me to solve bigger problems than I can as an individual contributor. Enabling people to achieve their full potential has been a super rewarding experience; and being a people leader has challenged me to learn new skills and to become a multiplier for my teams. Growing from IC to Director to VP, my role transitioned from being able to execute, to tactical cross functional planning and providing strategic direction to my teams. At SendGrid, we are focused on growing the next generation of managers and leaders to continue empowering our teams to accomplish more."

Making things better both in and out of the workplace is a lofty goal for any software engineer. But Sha's drive coupled with SendGrid's support and values has made all that possible.

LendingClub

LendingClub's Director Of Design On The Traits We Should All Own

Someone who knows their stuff front and back. Someone with strong opinions that are loosely held. Someone who will fight to eliminate problems, work, and barriers for the user.

Sure they've received multiple awards including Fast Company's 'Most Innovative Companies' of 2014, 'Best Places to Work in the Bay Area', and CNBC's 'Disruptor 50', but what do LendingClub's employees really think about the working for the company that's bringing borrowers and investors together?!

Cue our chat with Samantha Berg - she's spent the last 10+ years building tight knit teams and just this past year, growing one at LendingClub. See what she has to say about her latest role and find out what she's looking for in her next teammate below!

Did we mention LendingClub is hiring through PowerToFly?! Check out their open roles on PowerToFly here, and don't forget to 'Follow' LendingClub to receive exclusive job matches, event invites, and more!

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Audible

A Look at Audible's Game Night at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration

PowerToFly was proud to collaborate with Audible for a truly unique event during this year's always amazing Grace Hopper Celebration, held this year in sunny Houston.

After a long day at the conference, which this year received over 18,000 attendees, Audible's invite-only guests were taken by private shuttle to Audible's secret location - an event space transformed into the ultimate game night!

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In Person Events

A Conversation With Women In Tech At Three Fast-Growing Startups

If you are a San Francisco-based woman and tech and you are interested in attending this event, please email hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invitation.

PowerToFly is back in San Francisco for another exciting and transparent evening of cocktails and conversations featuring women tech leaders from Cloudflare, Forward and Philo.

The event will take place on Thursday, November 15th from 6pm to 8pm at ConnectionsSF, located at 424 Clay Street, San Francisco.

Cloudflare's goal is to build a better Internet. Today, Cloudflare runs one of the world's largest distributed networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests worldwide. Their customers range from Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits to small businesses and budding entrepreneurs.

Forward is redesigning the way we deliver healthcare using all the technologies healthcare has neglected: sensors, mobile, and AI. Named by Time Magazine as "a best invention of 2017", Forward's technology allows patients to monitor their health in real time with their doctors through blood testing, take-home wearables, and a digital health chart.

Philo is a small, ambitious startup building the future of television. Their product lets you watch your favorite shows on all the devices you care about, with intelligent search, insightful discovery, and effortless sharing — in short, they are building the TV watching experience that we've always wanted for ourselves.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Drinks and Light Food
  • 6:30pm - Event Kickoff with ConnectionsSF
  • 6:35pm - Introductory Remarks by PowerToFly
  • 6:40pm - Panel Discussion featuring women tech leaders from Cloudflare, Forward, Philo and more companies TBA
  • 6:55pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:10pm - Networking over Drinks and Light Food

About the Venue: ConnectionsSF is a modern, full-service flex work space for mobile professionals, start-ups, small businesses and independent consultants. Offerings include permanent and shared desks, private offices, and meeting and event spaces, all including fantastic amenities, free coffee and free snacks.

About PowerToFly Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and the company it is holding an event on behalf of cannot admit outside recruiters to that particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

Remote

Remote Work Round-Up

11 New Work From Home Jobs Just For You!

Just because a company is remote or hiring for a remote role, doesn't mean they're any less committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion. Take it from Stephanie Garza, the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at GitLab (and PowerToFly alum!):

"Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental to GitLab's success. We aim to make a significant impact in fostering an environment where everyone can thrive."

The companies listed below have all made commitments to fostering cultures of diversity and inclusion – we think they're pretty great – and we think they're all pretty great! If you don't see a role that matches your skills, make sure to 'Follow' the company so we can send you custom job matches in the future.

Check out the featured work-from-home jobs below or visit our remote jobs page for even more opportunities!

Avaaz - Technical Project Manager / Online Campaigner (Remote)

Dell EMC - Networking Sales Specialist - (Los Angeles, San Diego, Remote)

Duck Duck Go - Senior Site Reliability Engineer (Remote)

GitLab - Digital Marketing Specialist (Remote)

Karat, Inc. - Freelance Expert Interviewer (Remote)

Paylocity - Software Maintenance Engineer (Remote)

Spreedly - Senior Software Engineer (Remote)

StreamLined - Junior Creative, General Designer (Remote)

Squadrun - Real Estate Independent Sales Agents (Remote)

Zapier, Inc. - Application Security Engineer (Remote)

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