Engineer for the future of Cloud
June 10-13, 2019
San Jose, CA

Infrastructure first: Because solving complex problems needs more than technology

Everett Harper (Truss)
10:05am10:30am Thursday, June 13, 2019
Location: Grand Ballroom 220
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 14 ratings)

The infrastructure-first approach explores how the crucial interactions between people, software, and operations can evolve into repeatable, sustainable systems for change. Drawing from work in technology, community development finance, social psychology, complexity theory, and championship sports, Everett Harper moves to the edge of these disciplines, centering on the key practices that are crucial for solving our most critical challenges.

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Everett Harper


Everett Harper is the CEO and cofounder of Truss, which builds software and infrastructure to help companies scale and enterprises and public agencies modernize their digital services. Notable projects include, Nuna, and DOD Transcom. Previously, Everett worked at innovative companies in tech, such as Linden Lab (maker of Second Life), and in social impact, including Self-Help Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Everett started his career at Bain & Company, a top strategy consulting firm. He’s a board member of and CASE at Duke Fuqua School of Business. He’s written for Forbes, Fortune, and TechCrunch and has been a featured speaker at Dent, Techstars, Dreamforce, and Women 2.0. Everett holds an MBA and MEd from Stanford University and a BSEE in biomedical engineering from Duke University, where he was an AB Duke Scholar. He won the NCAA National Championship in soccer and was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019. Everett lives in Oakland, California, making limoncello when life hands him lemons.