July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR
Michael Lopp

Michael Lopp
Engineer, Rands


Michael Lopp is a Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both people and software at companies such as Borland, Netscape, Palantir, and Apple. While he’s not worrying about staying relevant, he writes about pens, bridges, people, poker, and werewolves at the popular weblog “Rands in Repose.” He currently works as the head of engineering at Pinterest in San Francisco where he’s furiously working on helping humans curate their inspiration. Michael has written two books. His first book, Managing Humans, 2nd Edition is a popular guide to the art of engineering leadership, and clearly explains that while you can be rewarded for what you build, you will only be successful because of your people. His second book, Being Geek, is a career handbook for geeks and nerds alike. Michael surfs, plays hockey, mountain bikes, and drinks red wine in the redwoods of Northern California whenever he can because staying sane is more important than staying busy.


1:30pm–2:30pm Monday, 07/20/2015
Cultivate Portland 256
Michael Lopp (Rands)
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