Kean Wong

Kean Wong

VP of SW Engineering at Pebble

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Seniority

20 Years

Hierarchy

Executive

Management Experience

Reorganization
New Manager
Team processes
Scaling Team

I’m currently consulting, after having spent 20 years in both HW and SW positions working for companies in the Bay Area. You can contact me via www.hikiwi.consulting Most recently I was at Intel for 2 years (working on the Vaunt smartglasses project) as a Sr. Director of SW, with a peak of about 150 employees and 100 contractors. Prior to Intel, I was VP of SW at Pebble (the smartwatch company) from 2013-2016, and grew the SW eng team there from 6 people to ~100. Prior to Pebble I was at Facebook for 2 years (mostly system architecture and as an IC on some secret projects), before that I had a mix of SW, HW, architecture and strategy roles at Palm over 11 years. I have also performed a lot of patent work through my career (>90 issued US patents, and >100 active applications). I’ve done a lot of engineering management and mentorship, and really enjoy coaching others on how to build and sustain high performing engineering organizations.

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Stories

Applying Structure to Hiring Processes is Essential to an Organization’s Success
1 October

Many years into his career, at Facebook Kean was introduced to an effective hiring process for the first time. Since then, he adapted that process and brought it to Pebble. Thanks to a well thought-out and well-maintained structure, over 90% of their new hires turned out to be very successful in their roles.

Hiring
Scaling Team
PM
EM
Kean Wong

Kean Wong

VP of SW Engineering at Pebble

How to Attain Alignment of Vision and Strategy in the Engineering Organization
1 October

Kean Wong shares valuable insights on how to align the organization with the vision, goals, and strategy of the leadership.

Company Culture
Leadership
Sharing the vision
Motivation
Internal Communication
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Kean Wong

Kean Wong

VP of SW Engineering at Pebble

How to Gain Credibility and Build Relationships When Joining a High Performing Team
21 September

Kean Wong shares the steps he took in order to establish legitimacy and credibility when he started managing an established high-performing team of software engineers.

Leadership
Legitimacy
New Manager
Remote
Retention
PM
EM
Kean Wong

Kean Wong

VP of SW Engineering at Pebble

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