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Dan Drew

Dan Drew

CTO, VP Engineering at Didja Inc

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Seniority

25 Years

Hierarchy

Executive

Management Experience

Cross-functional collaboration
Scaling Team
Dev Processes
Handling Promotion
Underperformance
Company Culture
Leadership
Firing
Roadmap
Career Path
Agile / Scrum

Hi everyone! My name is Dan Drew and I am currently VP Engineering & CTO at Didja, where I lead a team of 7 people. Looking forward to meeting you!

Hey, I'm available every Tuesday at 10:00 PM (GMT)

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  August 18, 2020
  10:00 PM (GMT)

Stories

Organizational Scalability
6 June

Dan Drew discusses how he helps to ensure his organization’s scalability.

Feelings aside
Scaling Team
Team processes
EM
Dan Drew

Dan Drew

CTO, VP Engineering at Didja Inc

Ensuring Technical Scalability
6 June

Dan Drew discusses the importance of staying ahead of technical scalability issues.

Feelings aside
Scaling Team
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
EM
Dan Drew

Dan Drew

CTO, VP Engineering at Didja Inc

Handling Prematurely Promoted Employees
6 June

Dan Drew explains how he handles inheriting a team that has a team member who has been promoted despite not being qualified for the role.

Underperformance
Handling Promotion
Career Path
Feedback
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
EM
Dan Drew

Dan Drew

CTO, VP Engineering at Didja Inc

Upfront With Underperformance
1 June

Dan Drew explains the importance of being upfront with underperforming employees.

Underperformance
Feedback
Managing Expectations
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
EM
Dan Drew

Dan Drew

CTO, VP Engineering at Didja Inc

How To Fire An Underperforming Employee
1 June

Dan Drew explains how he dealt with firing an employee who was badly underperforming.

Underperformance
Firing
Feedback
EM
Dan Drew

Dan Drew

CTO, VP Engineering at Didja Inc

Firing Someone When They Are No Longer A Good Fit
1 June

Dan Drew explains how he went about respectfully firing someone who was no longer a good fit for the company due to his lack of technical skills.

Feelings aside
Firing
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Company Culture
EM
Dan Drew

Dan Drew

CTO, VP Engineering at Didja Inc

Experience

VP Engineering

Didja Inc

Oct 2017 - current

VP Engineering

MyTime

Apr 2017 - Sep 2017

Chief Architect

Ooyala

Jun 2014 - Mar 2017

Responsible for the company-wide technical vision and convergence across multiple products and a global engineering team. Supporting Ooyala’s vision to be the leader in video monetization by maturing and unifying our products into an integrated and configurable business-critical SaaS platform and product suite that meets and exceeds the expectations of a growing, more diverse and more demanding customer base.

Director, Engineering

Proofpoint

Jan 2011 - Jun 2014

Director, Engineering of the Targeted Attack Protection and Spam Protection products which together account for more than half of Proofpoint’s net revenue. Drove Target Attack Protection to a quality, on-time production release in a short period of time, generating $1M revenue during its first quarter sold and now responsible for the most net-new revenue. Quickly improved the success of the products by resolving challenging team issues, hiring crucial leadership and talent, providing technical guidance and playing a fundamental role in gaining the trust of Fortune 100 customers.

Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Brilliant Software Inc.

Mar 2010 - Dec 2010

Brilliant Software created KidStarter, a desktop replacement designed to provide an easy to use, safe and isolated environment for younger children on the computer. Provided product vision and design, developed the desktop software and web site.

Senior Software Architect

Brightspark

Dec 2008 - Feb 2010

Senior Software Architect for a Toronto startup developing multiple web sites and mobile applications.

Senior Software Architect

MySpace

Sep 2007 - Nov 2008

Senior Software Architect responsible for architecting and implementing critical site components on the Infrastructure team for the highest-scale web site of the time. My work underpinned every web request that involved retrieving or storing user data, processing millions of requests a minute.

Development Lead

Microsoft

Apr 1999 - Aug 2007

Managed a key team of developers in bringing critical Operating System deployment and migration features to the System Center product. The feature provides a highly flexible, automated solution that allows IT administrators to fully deploy and configure servers and desktops from any state, including bare-metal deployments.

Sr Software Engineer

Symantec / Delrina

Sep 1995 - Mar 1999

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