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Growing Into an Executive Role

First Session: 

Hosted by Bill Press

SVP Engineering / Senior AI Research Engineer at Taut.ai

I'm a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience in software engineering leadership, both as an individual contributor and in management. Over the last 8 years, I have led engineering at two late-stage pre-IPO enterprise SaaS companies, responsible for over 150-person organizations. I have developed numerous leaders into executive roles and have evolved multiple engineering teams from SMB to enterprise grade in terms of both reliability and scale. I also have a strong emphasis on values and culture, including championing high impact DEIB initiatives at multiple companies. I have a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems from Caltech and an academic background that informs a leadership approach grounded in rigor and integrity.

Circle Description

This program provides engineering directors and equivalently leveled individual contributors with the skills and support to grow into an executive role, either as a VP running an organization or an executive IC (such as a principle engineer or chief architect).

Limited to 10 spots

Total Cost:  $1,000

Pay with your L&D budget

Benefits of joining this Circle:

  • Engage in interactive learning with a limited group of peers ( limited to 10 spots)
  • Bring your own challenges and the Bill will be able to help in live
  • Lifetime access to all session material: slides, templates, recordings and additional resources


  • A background in software engineering/technology
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of full-time corporate experience
  • Engineering director or equivalently leveled software engineer individual contributor

Cohort Includes:

Head of Engineering at OneSignal

Director at Draftkings

Sr director of engineering at launchiq inc

+ 6 others

What people are saying about Bill

There are people you'd be happy to work with again, and then there are people who would be on the short list you'd call if you were starting a company or building a new team. Bill is both - at Ripfire I learned a lot from his combination of technical expertise and soft skills.

Marcus Mitchell - Senior Engineering Director @ Google


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