Build Your Organization to Thrive and Scale

Jan 18, 2018 · Palo Alto, United States of America

GitHub’s Senior Vice President of Technology, Jason Warner, will share his experiences building high trust, low drag, efficient organizations that scale. He'll share the principles of leadership and management he's found that help organizations thrive.

This is an encore presentation of the talk Jason gave to last summer's CTO Summit, just before he left Heroku for GitHub. CTOs' and VPEs' response: Wow!


Jason Warner joined GitHub in June 2017 as the Senior Vice President of Technology. He serves on the company’s executive team and is responsible for GitHub’s product, engineering, support, and security departments.

Jason cares deeply about the future of technology, developer experience, and growing companies. He is a people-oriented product technologist, who is passionate about building both the technical and human systems needed for scale and growth. Prior to joining GitHub, Jason was Vice President of Engineering at Heroku, the world’s leading PaaS and one of the largest cloud computing providers in the world. Before Heroku, Jason worked to make Linux accessible to everyone by leading product engineering for Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Phone at Canonical.

Jason is also an active speaker, writer, and advisor on cloud computing, technology and leadership. His activities include formally and informally advising startup and established executives, as well as active coaching and mentoring future product and technology leaders.

Jason graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Computer Science, and Rensselaer University with an MS in Computer Science. He lives with his family in Victoria, British Columbia, where he writes, sketches and enjoys the water as much as possible.



6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended! Arrive as early as 6 and help John van Heteren set up the room
6:20 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin / Peer coaching opportunities
6:20 - 7:00 Enjoy networking, along with wine, beer, soda, cheese, fruit, cold cuts, courtesy of tonight's sponsor
7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
7:10 - 8:00 Keynote
8:00 - 8:10 Small Group Interplay
8:10 - 8:40 Q&A with the speaker
8:40 - 8:45 Closing announcements / Jobs / Job Seeking
8:45 - 9:00 Informal networking and followup Q&A
8:45 - 8:55 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful
8:55 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!


The Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you map it on Google Maps, the pointer to 3130 Hansen Way, about at the kink in Hansen Way, is actually where the closest parking lot is. The cafeteria building is the buff curvy-winged building due south of the kink in Hansen Way. If you prefer public transportation, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Avenue station.


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