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Gerhard Esterhuizen

Gerhard Esterhuizen

VP Engineering at Rescale

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My next available slot is

  • Thursday 16th Dec1:30 AM (GMT)

Hi folks! My name is Gerhard Esterhuizen and I am currently VP Engineering at Rescale, where I lead our Engineering team. I got into Software Engineering more than 20 years ago, in South Africa, initially specializing in signal processing and eventually large-scale distributed systems. Most of this was in the context of fast-moving technology companies, although I spent a little bit of time in “corporate”. In 2014, I was fortunate to move to the Bay Area to join Cloudflare as their first EM. After building out six product and infrastructure Engineering teams there, I joined Segment where I was responsible for a number of teams that owned new and existing core product features. Building a well-functioning Engineering organization is a bit like designing a complex, semi-stochastic distributed system :) I believe that great managers set their teams up for scale by driving clarity, removing dependencies, empowering individuals and holding everyone to a high bar. I’m excited about Plato for the opportunity to contribute to the development of our next generation of Engineer leaders. Looking forward to meeting you!

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Getting Out of an Operational Rut

11 March

Gerhard Esterhuizen, VP of Engineering at Rescale, explains the importance of moving from value protection to value creation. In this, he discusses one of the factors that impacts a team's ability to go into value creation. By targeting the core issues preventing a team from its full potential, it will be significantly easier to restart the fire.

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Team Processes
Delivering to an Impossible Deadline

11 March

Gerhard Esterhuizen, VP of Engineering at Rescale, understands the value of advocating for his teams when they are asked to go above and beyond. By standing up for his teams and himself, he has found it is easier to navigate tough situations to come up with reasonable compromises. Even more interesting, Gerhard has learned that loyalty and trust persevere, which can lead to some unexpected positive reactions to tough situations.

Team Processes
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