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From Engineering Leader to Venture Investor

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Sri Viswanath
Sri Viswanath
Sri Viswanath
General Partner @ Coatue Management

Sri Viswanath is a General Partner at Coatue, where he oversees private investments in enterprise software companies. Prior to joining Coatue, Sri served as Atlassian’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), where he oversaw Atlassian's cloud-native journey – assuming responsibility over the building and scaling of Atlassian's cloud platform. Before joining Atlassian, Sri was CTO and SVP of Engineering at Groupon, the VP of R&D for mobile computing at VMware, and SVP of Engineering at Ning – where he was instrumental in the company's acquisition by Glam. He also led development of several successful open-source and B2B products at Sun Microsystems. He has served on the Board of Directors for SendGrid, and Splunk. He has a number of patents and holds a M.S. in Management from Stanford University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University.

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Sri Viswanath is a General Partner at Coatue, where he oversees private investments in enterprise software companies. Prior to joining Coatue, Sri served as Atlassian’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), where he oversaw Atlassian's cloud-native journey – assuming responsibility over the building and scaling of Atlassian's cloud platform. Before joining Atlassian, Sri was CTO and SVP of Engineering at Groupon, the VP of R&D for mobile computing at VMware, and SVP of Engineering at Ning – where he was instrumental in the company's acquisition by Glam. He also led development of several successful open-source and B2B products at Sun Microsystems. He has served on the Board of Directors for SendGrid, and Splunk. He has a number of patents and holds a M.S. in Management from Stanford University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University.

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Cathy Polinsky
Cathy Polinsky
Cathy Polinsky
CTO @ DataGrail

Cathy recently joined the DataGrail team as CTO where they are developing a privacy platform that modern brands rely on to build customer trust and transparency. We untangle the complexity of data privacy and help brands build privacy programs that work, giving them an easy-to-use platform to scale privacy and stay compliant with regulations like GDPR, CCPA, and CPRA.

Prior to DataGrail, Cathy was VP of Engineering at Shopify where she led the Merchant Services engineering division which spanned key products that merchants use to run and grow their business like Money (Payments, Capital, Balance and Blockchain), Marketplaces, Shipping, Retail POS, Transactions (Taxes, Shopify Markets), Inbox and more.

Before Shopify she served as CTO at Stitch Fix.

Cathy holds a B.A. with a special major in Computer Science from Swarthmore College.

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Cathy recently joined the DataGrail team as CTO where they are developing a privacy platform that modern brands rely on to build customer trust and transparency. We untangle the complexity of data privacy and help brands build privacy programs that work, giving them an easy-to-use platform to scale privacy and stay compliant with regulations like GDPR, CCPA, and CPRA.

Prior to DataGrail, Cathy was VP of Engineering at Shopify where she led the Merchant Services engineering division which spanned key products that merchants use to run and grow their business like Money (Payments, Capital, Balance and Blockchain), Marketplaces, Shipping, Retail POS, Transactions (Taxes, Shopify Markets), Inbox and more.

Before Shopify she served as CTO at Stitch Fix.

Cathy holds a B.A. with a special major in Computer Science from Swarthmore College.

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SUMMARY

This session covers the career journey of Sri Viswanath, General Partner at Coatue and previous CTO of Atlassian, from engineering leader to venture and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Sri will share stories of the pivotal learning moments from his early career navigating the transition from IC to executive leadership, and insights from leading across small and large scale companies. He will also discuss how he translated his experience as an engineering leader into a career as a venture investor - and what you can do now to prepare yourself for a successful transition into a career in investing.

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