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Building Your Digital Technology Org from the Ground-Up

Posted Apr 22
# Spring Summit - 2022
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Anshu Narula
Anshu Narula
Anshu Narula
VP of Digital Technology @ Rivian

At Rivian, Anshu is responsible for the strategic development of Rivian’s digital ecosystem. She leads teams building products and architecting systems across the technology stack, which has her overseeing a wide range of initiatives from rivian.com to charging software, in order to best serve Rivian B2C and B2B customers. With more than 20 years of experience in product development, technical management and software architecture, Anshu is passionate about technology and building products that are simple, scalable and engaging.

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At Rivian, Anshu is responsible for the strategic development of Rivian’s digital ecosystem. She leads teams building products and architecting systems across the technology stack, which has her overseeing a wide range of initiatives from rivian.com to charging software, in order to best serve Rivian B2C and B2B customers. With more than 20 years of experience in product development, technical management and software architecture, Anshu is passionate about technology and building products that are simple, scalable and engaging.

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Khawaja Shams
Khawaja Shams
Khawaja Shams
Former VPE @ AWS, Co-Founder & CEO @ Momento

Khawaja is a technical hands-on leader, passionate about investing in people, setting a bold vision, and execution with his team. At AWS, he owned DynamoDB, a highly available fully managed database service serving at extreme scales! It powers much of Amazon retail, Amazon Video, and control planes of critical AWS Services. Khawaja subsequently owned product and engineering for all 7 of the AWS Media Services, responsible for streaming some of the most visible events in the world, including the Super Bowl and the world’s first Live 4K Stream from Space. He was awarded the prestigious NASA Early Career Medal for his contributions to the Mars Rovers.

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Khawaja is a technical hands-on leader, passionate about investing in people, setting a bold vision, and execution with his team. At AWS, he owned DynamoDB, a highly available fully managed database service serving at extreme scales! It powers much of Amazon retail, Amazon Video, and control planes of critical AWS Services. Khawaja subsequently owned product and engineering for all 7 of the AWS Media Services, responsible for streaming some of the most visible events in the world, including the Super Bowl and the world’s first Live 4K Stream from Space. He was awarded the prestigious NASA Early Career Medal for his contributions to the Mars Rovers.

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SUMMARY

What does it take to build a digital technology organization from the ground up? This session features a conversation with Anshu Narula and Khawaja Shams exploring how Anshu transitioned away from larger more established companies like PayPal and Ebay to build and scale Rivian’s digital tech org from scratch. They’ll discuss critical cultural values, early guiding principles and processes for the org, Anshu’s approach to scaling out the engineering team/leadership, and a starting point if you’re building from 0.

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