Andrew First

Andrew First

Co-founder & CTO at Plannery

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  • Friday 10th Feb5:30 PM

Hello! I'm the co-founder and CTO at Plannery, a startup helping to solve the financial struggles of 20M healthcare workers in the US. This is my second startup -- previously, I was the co-founder and CTO at Leanplum, a Series D stage startup focused on customer engagement for B2C companies, since 2012. I was essentially the first engineer, and helped grow the Product Development org to 70 people at its peak with significant local and offshore teams, and processing 20B+ API calls per day. I've led multiple key initiatives, including defining our technical vision, cloud infrastructure cost optimization, large infrastructure migrations and technical debt removal, and reliability improvements. I've also worked closely with other departments, customers, and partners. I've gone in and out of IC, people management, and organizational management roles, and made a lot of mistakes along the way. Previously, I was a Software Engineer at Google. Happy to meet and help however I can!

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Make Hard Time Easier -- Work With a Sponsor

26 July

Andrew First, Co-Founder and Chief Technologist at Leanplum, delves into his own experience of going through a transition in role and responsibilities with the support and help of a respected and caring sponsor.

Personal Growth
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
First-Time Managers: An Answer for a Solid Organizational Structure

3 August

Andrew First, Co-Founder and Chief Technologist at Leanplum, recounts his efforts to create a solid organizational structure by helping his direct reports transition to managers.

New Manager
Ways to Reduce Your Cloud Costs

26 July

Andrew First, Co-Founder and Chief Technologist at Leanplum, shares how with a focused effort his company succeeded in reducing cloud costs by more than 60 percent in only six months.

API Migration: A Story of Confidence, Clear Goal, and Focus

3 August

Andrew First, Co-Founder and Chief Technologist at Leanplum, discusses how he managed to complete a large infrastructure project by instilling confidence in his team, setting precise benchmarks, and streamlining his focus on what really mattered.

Managing Expectations
Dev Processes
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