Julia Grace has built teams at IBM Research, startups, and Slack and has done due diligence for venture capitalists to determine how well a startup’s engineering team is working together. Drawing on this knowledge, Julia attempts to answer the question, Why do some teams ship features rapidly, support each other, and effectively communicate while others struggle?
Julia loves solving challenging engineering problems at scale, growing businesses, and leading teams. She’s currently the Head of Infrastructure Engineering at Slack, having grown the team from 10 to 60+. She excels in high-velocity environments especially during hyper growth: Slack engineering headcount grew from 100 to over 350 during her first two years, with her team growing 5x in size. She advises early and mid-stage startups, having extensive experience not only raising venture capital funding (including from top tier investors such as Andreessen Horowitz), and sold her previous company, Tindie, where she was the co-founder and CTO. She has also founded and sat on several advisory boards for startups and as well as large, multi-billion dollar non-profits. She holds a BS with Honors and MS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina where her research focused on operating systems, including building a distributed system that allowed peer-to-peer data sharing from internet browser caches in low connectivity. She is an avid athlete and former collegiate rower, always trying to squeeze a run in (including chasing her young daughter)!
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