The Role of Engineering Leaders in Recruiting with Aditya Agarwal former CTO @ Dropbox & Dan Portillo Talent Partner @ Greylock #8
The Engineering Leadership Podcast
What should be the role of engineering leaders in recruiting? What levers do they have at their disposal? In this fireside chat, you'll hear the perspectives of two recruiting heavy-hitters, Aditya Agarwal & Dan Portillo, on how engineering leaders can optimize for successful hiring outcomes. ADITYA AGARWAL - Former CTO Dropbox; Partner-in-Residence @ South Park Commons (@adityaag) Aditya Agarwal is a Partner-in-Residence at South Park Commons - a collective of technologists, tinkerers, and entrepreneurs who have come together to freely learn, explore new ideas, and help each other launch their next venture. Aditya was the CTO and VP of Engineering at Dropbox. He scaled the Engineering team from 25 to 1000 and was responsible for new product development, infrastructure, and technical operations. Aditya came to Dropbox via the acquisition of Cove, a company that he co-founded. Prior to Cove, Aditya was one of Facebook’s first engineers. He helped build the first versions of key products like Search, NewsFeed and Messenger. He was Facebook’s first director of Product Engineering, overseeing engineering for products like NewsFeed, Profile, Groups and Events. Aditya serves as an independent director on the board of Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce company, the advisory board of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science and on the board of trustees of the Anita Borg Institute. He is also an active investor and advisor to Silicon Valley startups. DAN PORTILLO - Talent Partner @ Greylock (@dan_portillo) Dan is Talent Partner at Greylock. Previously, he was VP of Success & Engagement at Rypple, and VP of Organizational Development at Mozilla, creators of Firefox. Earlier in his career Dan spent a decade building out successful early-stage, venture-backed consumer and enterprise companies. Dan also served as a Council member for Code2040.org, a non-profit creating opportunities for underrepresented minorities in tech. SHOWNOTES Have you ever not promoted an engineering leader because they couldn’t recruit a good team? (3:18) What is the role of engineering leaders in the recruiting process? (5:21) Sourcing advantages from Aditya’s experiences from Dropbox and Facebook. (7:34) On taking the long view and thinking long term about recruitment. (9:42) How Aditya closes candidates creatively. (11:21) Aditya’s favorite story from Dropbox closing a talented intern. (14:23) How to leverage compensation, even if you’re a small stack at the table. (18:59) What Aditya tells engineering leaders who are building teams for the first time. (21:48) Does comp asymmetry reward good performers or good negotiators? (23:03) Using comp as a tool to value, reward, and recognize performers not on the sexiest problems. (25:32) Recruiting when you don’t have a brand. (27:58) What engineering managers need to know to effectively sell the company and recruit. (29:53) Join our community of engineering leaders at sfelc.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/engineeringleadership/message
Aditya Agarwal | On establishing a multi-million dollar Indian E-commerce company|
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Aditya Agarwal, a Business Economics graduate from the College of Vocational Studies started his e-commerce journey in 2nd year of college and within 3 years, he hit the 1 million dollar mark. He talks about his innovative E-commerce company with a stronghold in digital marketing. He has developed certain proprietary funnels and algorithms for customer acquisition which give us a major edge over the other e-commerce giant. A feat difficult to achieve.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Aditya was CTO at Dropbox, leading every innovation and managing the engineering teams. New product development? He oversaw that. Tech ops? He was in charge of that too. He joined the company when his own startup Cove was acquired by Dropbox. Before that, Aditya was one of the first engineers and Director of Product Engineering at Facebook. Over there, he led the development of core products like news feed, search, profile, and photos. ABOUT THE EPISODE: Key things he told us when he came to The Family: - Working with people you love is more important than finding the perfect or industry project for you. - Patience is needed to build a LT company. - How do you maximize impact during your career? - How do you balance professional & personal life? He did a presentation of his entire career, showcasing what he learned in the process before being interviewed on stage by our Director, Erika Batista. *** Learn more about The Family and apply to join us here: thefamily.co Check out the video of the talk here: Fireside Chat with Aditya Agarwal, CTO at Dropbox Check out other videos on our Youtube channel: Startupfood Join us at one of our events: The Family Events We also write amazing articles: Medium
Mastering The Art Of Recruiting with Aditya Agarwal | Greymatter
Recruiting and hiring great employees is a priority for every company at any stage of their growth. Yet, without question, recruiting is difficult to master. In this episode of Greymatter, we share a fireside discussion from the 2019 SFELC Summit on recruiting and hiring. In conversation with Dan Portillo, Dropbox's former CTO Aditya Agarwal shares his thoughts on how to recruit without having an established brand, advice to effectively sell your company to candidates and guidance for closing hires.