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Will Wagner

Will Wagner

CTO at Coffee Meets Bagel

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Seniority

17 Years

Hierarchy

C-Suite

Management Experience

Company Culture
Career Path
Team processes
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Diversity
Delegate
Leadership
Scaling Team

Hi everyone! My name is Will Wagner and I am currently CTO at Coffee Meets Bagel, where I lead a team of 25 people. Prior to that I was CTO of YouCaring that eventually got acquired by GoFundMe. I also worked at SurveyMonkey as the VP of Engineering for 7 years and grew the engineering organization from around 16 to over 150 across 4 locations. Looking forward to meeting you!

Hey, I'm available every Friday at 5:00 PM (GMT)

Next time slot available
  October 2, 2020
  5:00 PM (GMT)

Stories

Being managed by a non-technical manager
27 February

Will Wagner has developed some actionable tips for working with a non-technical manager.

Collaboration
Convincing
Reorganization
Internal Communication
Managing Expectations
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Will Wagner

Will Wagner

CTO at Coffee Meets Bagel

You acquired a new company -- now what?
6 February

Will shares his tried and true strategies for managing an acquisition.

Reorganization
Career Path
Delegate
Changing company
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Will Wagner

Will Wagner

CTO at Coffee Meets Bagel

Managing through a seismic departure shift within an org
6 February

Will describes how he and his colleagues help the organization bounce back following the unexpected death of the CEO.

Company Culture
Succession Planning
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Hiring
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Will Wagner

Will Wagner

CTO at Coffee Meets Bagel

Experience

Chief Technology Officer

Coffee Meets Bagel

Oct 2018 - current

Coffee Meets Bagel is one of the leading online dating services that uses the power of technology to help people find and connect to establish meaningful relationships. We're a fast growing company that invests in machine learning and AI to provide a well curated list of matches as well as building great user experiences on mobile devices. We hire data engineers and scientists, python engineers, infrastructure engineers, as well as client engineers in iOS and Android. If you are looking for female founded and led organization with a strong culture and mission and want to help us build products, systems, and algorithms at scale, we want to hear from you.

Chief Technology Officer

YouCaring

Jan 2018 - Apr 2018

YouCaring is the leader in the compassionate crowdfunding space, helping people raise money for medical, educational, and other need-based expenses. The platform connects charitable givers on our trusted platform to those with real needs. As CTO, I oversee a strong engineering culture and a great geographically diverse team. YouCaring is a technology and data driven company that is growing quickly with a strong mission of innovation to help people succeed in charitable fundraising. YouCaring had a successful exit and was acquired by GoFundMe.

Senior Technical Consultant

Hearsay Systems

Aug 2017 - current

Reporting to the CEO, working with Engineering, Product, and Design leadership to help organize and grow the EPD team at Hearsay

SVP of Engineering

SurveyMonkey

Sep 2010 - Jun 2017

SVP of Engineering at SurveyMonkey, managing a team of over 150 talented people as we continue to grow both organically and through acquisition. We have engineering teams spread 4 offices within North America. Originally hired as a Sr. Software Engineer but quickly transitioned to managing the staff. While running our engineering department, we grew the team from 8 to it's current size of around 150. Helped acquire and retain top talent and organize the team and processes for high velocity and quality delivery of new product features. As part of our impressive growth, we made a huge investment to a new platform based on micro-services, python, and client side web applications from it's original monolithic stack. We currently have around 70 independent micro-services that power our platform that receives millions of new survey responses each day. Help on technical evaluations of possible acquisitions as well as integrating teams and products from successful acquisitions into the SurveyMonkey family.

Software Engineer

Foxmarks / Xmarks

Jul 2008 - Aug 2010

Responsible for the firefox extension used actively in 4M browsers using AJAX, XUL, Javascript, and CSS.

Sr Software Developer

Ask.com

Aug 2005 - Jul 2008

Worked on the Bloglines.com frontend as well as the Ask.com Today page with others to develop new features and user interfaces for the service using AJAX, CSS, DHTML, Javascript, and the Dojo Toolkit. Previously, developed a prototype XUL desktop application using the Mozilla XUL framework with both hands-on development of XPCOM components and XUL. Originally hired for the desktop search team. Included working on Windows application with MFC, COM, and ATL, as well as web integration including an AJAX web interface using Browser Helper Objects, JavaScript, and DHTML.

Owner

TVHarmony.com

Jan 2004 - Dec 2007

Blogged about consumer electronics and issues surrounding television and computer technology convergence. Also developed freeware application that automatically downloaded and converted video from a TiVo DVR to a variety of handheld devices including the iPod and PSP using C++ and COM.

Director Engineering Services

Visioneer

May 2003 - Aug 2005

Developed software for scanners.

CTO & Founder

Echobahn

Jan 2000 - May 2003

Developed Bookmarking Client/Server Software

Director of 3rd Party Products

Visioneer

May 1993 - Dec 1999

Developed software for scanners including working with 3rd party vendors and partners to produce Visioneer branded products for our users.

Project Manager / Sr Software Engineer

Claris (Apple Computer)

May 1990 - May 1993

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