Ken Pickering

Ken Pickering

VP, Engineering at Starburst Data

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  • Friday 10th Feb7:00 PM

I like working on software that people enjoy using. I am currently the VPE at Starburst Data, leading the technical team on evolving the way companies use data to drive business decisions. We manage the open source PrestoSQL project, and are continuing to reduce time to deployment and insight across enterprises. Before that, I was the CTO at Hopper, where we transformed the way people book travel, using cutting edge data science and beautiful UX. Prior to that, I was Head of Engineering at Rue La La, where we brought personalization to the front of our consumer experience and were able to acquire our biggest competitor: the Gilt Groupe. Before this, my background was primarily in Agile software development focused on security, platform building and artificial intelligence, although in more recent years I've developed a passion for data visualization and user experience.

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Consumer Goods
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Horizontally Scaling the Engineering Organization

11 January

Ken Pickering, VP of Engineering at Starburst Data, explains how to structure a product engineering organization to maximize results and address inefficiencies through horizontal scaling.

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Hiring for a Director of Engineering

11 January

Ken Pickering, VP of Engineering at Starburst Data, outlines what skills and qualities he looks for in a candidate applying for a Director of Engineering role.

Cultivating the Company Culture in a Hyper-Growth Startup

11 January

Ken Pickering, VP of Engineering at Starburst Data, emphasizes the importance of cultivating the company culture -- particularly its most important aspects -- during a hyper-growth phase.

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