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Mike Wu

Mike Wu

Head of Engineering at Seesaw Learning

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Seniority

8 Years

Hierarchy

C-Suite

Management Experience

Productivity
New Manager
Team processes
Scaling Team

Hi everyone! My name is Mike Wu and I am currently Head of Engineering at Seesaw, where I lead a team of 16 engineers. Prior to Seesaw, I was the founding CTO at VSCO. At VSCO, I was directly responsible for building a team of over 50 engineers, product managers and data scientists that have developed and scaled a photo editing, discovery and community app used by millions of users everyday. Looking forward to meeting you!

Sorry, I am not currently available for mentoring sessions.

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Taking Ownership and Empowering Your Team
30 January

Mike Wu, head of engineering at Seesaw, admits his career has been a constant stream of learning for him. He now credits his managerial style to hard lessons learned at his previous company which were further reinforced by a book he had read back in 2016, titled, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.

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Mike Wu

Mike Wu

Head of Engineering at Seesaw Learning

Experience

Consulting

Self-employed

Jun 2019 - current

Head Of Engineering

Seesaw Learning

Jan 2018 - Jun 2019

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that helps students take ownership of their learning at school. Seesaw gives students the opportunity to document their thinking, reflect on their progress, and share what they are learning with their parents, classmates or the world at large. Now used in more than 1 in 2 schools in the US (and more than 150. countries around the world!), teachers tell us that their kids do better work because their students have a meaningful audience for their work, and parents say they are connected to their child's learning more than they ever have been before. We're growing fast, and hiring -- join us! (https://jobs.lever.co/seesaw)

Co-Founder

Clariity

Jul 2010 - Mar 2011

Clariity.com is an intelligent financial planning platform that helps consumers to manage their holistic financial planning needs without the assistance of a financial advisor. Responsible for overall technology and product development.

Product Development

VARDA, Inc.

Aug 2009 - Jul 2010

VARDA is a web based estate management system. Responsible for driving the product requirements, development and rollout of the software as a service platform. Drove the initial concept from user stories to working prototype through launch and customer deployment.

Advisor / Consultant

Self-Employed

Jun 2008 - Dec 2011

Provided consulting and development services to clients looking to build web applications, services and corporate websites. Advising entrepreneurs in the area of web technology, hosting infrastructure, and product strategy. Key Clients included: \- Story Desk (2011) - Helped founding team with initial iteration of their presentation software, specifically helped develop backend authoring tools in JavaScript.  \- First Stop Health (2011) - Helped build the initial prototypes of the service that included integrating a light CMS to manage educational and provider data, worked with founders to concept and integrate a tele-medicine service. \- Visual Supply Co (2011) - Technical advisor to the company, helping founders evaluate and iterate on early product ideas, including proof of concepts for a web based CMS targeted at professional photographers. Joined as a founding team member in Summer of 2011. \- VARDA (2008) - Hired to build initial prototype of a web-based physical asset management platform for high net worth individuals primarily aimed at documenting assets for insurance policies. Joined staff as full time employee July 2009 - Dec 2009, and continued as consultant until June 2010.

Director of Product

Newser

Jan 2007 - Jul 2008

Newser is an online news service that scans Internet news sources and, using human and machine-driven aggregation, delivers the best information in concise, efficient summaries, together with photos, video and audio and links to original stories. Worked with the founding team to conceptualize the product while Newser was incubated within HighBeam. Developed initial prototype including the Newser Grid and the editorial management system used by a geographically dispersed editorial team. Responsible for driving overall product strategy and roadmap, directly managed product managers, UX/Designers, and front end developers Worked closely with engineering team to adopt Agile development methodology and transition from prototype to production quality site. Helped drive the product launch to over half a million visitors a month within 6 months of launch.

Sr. Product Manager

HighBeam Research

Apr 2006 - Jan 2007

Responsible for driving product strategy and roadmap of HighBeam's two websites: www.highbeam.com and www.encyclopedia.com. At the end of 2007, moved over to work on a prototype of a news aggregation site, that has since become newser.com

Sr. Product Manager

WebEx

Apr 2004 - Mar 2006

Identified bottlenecks in core desktop sharing technology and worked with engineering that led to the improvement of desktop sharing performance by over 100% . Defined processes and metrics that helped engineering team measure application performance predictively and consistently.

Product Manager

Ensim Corporation

Dec 1998 - Apr 2004

Initially conceptualized and led engineering team that developed one of the first software based web hosting control panels on the market: WEBppliance. Later on, was the product manager responsible for all of Ensim's Web Hosting product line. WEBppliance was deployed on thousands of servers and used by over a million domains prior to being acquired by Plesk (now Parallels).

Software Engineer

WANDL, Inc.

Jun 1997 - Dec 1998

Designed and developed a JAVA based User Interface to replace existing terminal based interface for the company's Network planning and analysis tools.

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