Heavybit Team

James Lindenbaum

James Lindenbaum

After founding Heroku, James spent years watching developer-focused startups struggle with unique challenges. He founded Heavybit to bring together the best entrepreneurs and start-ups building the next generation of products for developers.

Tom Drummond

Tom Drummond

Tom looks after the day-to-day operations of Heavybit. He's responsible for managing Heavybit's program, supporting all of our members, and fostering the Heavybit community.

Dana Oshiro

Dana Oshiro

Dana manages Heavybit's marketing, PR and speaker series curriculum. Previously she's worked as the Marketing Manager for Code for America, the Sr. Media Analyst for NetShelter (sold to Ziff Davis) and as a content strategist for both Heroku and Salesforce.

Ted Carstensen

Ted Carstensen

Ted is Heavybit's Producer. He's responsible for all of Heavybit's video content, including coverage of our world-class Speaker Series, our quarterly DevGuild and Wheelhouse events, and other educational videos produced specifically for our members.

Malia Powers

Malia Powers

Malia manages public and analyst relations for Heavybit’s brand and community. She is responsible for raising awareness about how developer tools and services are shaping the world.

Sarah Zanoli

Sarah Zanoli

Sarah is a part of the Vibe Team here at Heavybit, she manages Heavybit’s reception, food and beverages and conference rooms. She’s in charge of greeting guests, supporting the Vibe Manager, and ensuring that everyone's stomachs are full.

Madeline Edwards

Madeline Edwards

Maddie manages Heavybit’s facilities, culture and community. She is in charge of the clubhouse budget, socials and the majority of Heavybit's meetup events. When she's not working, she's either exploring the vast beauty of Northern California, experimenting with urban gardening or diving into her next DIY project.

Nicole Andris

Nicole Andris

Nicole is the Executive Assistant to Tom Drummond and the Heavybit team. Her role is to take care of all the little details so Tom and the team can focus on the big picture. Her background as an EA in start ups and finance, as well as her former career as a preschool teacher has her perfectly suited to manage this task.

Heavybit Investors

Steve Anderson

Baseline Ventures

Steve is the founder of Baseline Ventures & one of the most successful early-stage investors in Silicon Valley. Steve's backed some of the most exciting companies in the developer-services market including Crashlytics, CircleCI & Pantheon.

Tony Askew

Reed Elsevier Ventures

Tony is a founding partner of Reed Elsevier Ventures and an investor & board member at several big data, infrastructure & enterprise software companies including SpaceCurve, Netli (acq. by Akamai) & Siperian (acq. by Informatica).

Kevin Brown

Reed Elsevier Ventures

Kevin has been involved in early-stage technology for over 20 years both as an entrepreneur & as an investor. He was a founding partner of RE Ventures & invests in media, cloud & big data including companies such as GigaOM, Inxight & Palantir.

Derek Collison


Derek is the founder & CEO of Apcera and has over two decades of large-scale, distributed systems experience. Prior to Apcera Derek was CTO & Chief Architect at VMware where he designed & architected the CloudFoundry platform.

John Connors

Ignition Partners

John is a Partner at the early stage venture capital fund, Ignition Partners. He's an active investor in developer-focused companies & sits on the board of Splunk, Opscode & Parse and was previously on the board of Heroku & Xensource.

Michael Dearing

Harrison Metal

Michael is the founder of Harrison Metal. He's an investor in several developer-focused companies including PagerDuty, StackMob & Recurly and is an expert on productizing emerging technologies, going-to-market, product marketing and pricing.

Roger Ehrenberg

IA Ventures

Roger is the founder & managing partner of IA Ventures, an early-stage venture fund. Roger's been an active seed & early-stage investor since 2004 backing start-ups like Bitly, Metamarkets & DataSift that create competitive advantage through data.

Eric Frenkiel


Eric is cofounder and CEO of MemSQL. Previously, he was a Partner Engineer at Facebook and Product Specialist at Marin Software. Eric was named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list of technology innovators.

Chris Howard

Fuel Capital

Chris is the co-founder of Fuel Capital, an early stage venture fund. Previously at Ignition, Chris invested in Parse, Pagerduty, Zencoder, Mashape, WePay & Hipmunk. Before Ignition, Chris worked in marketing/advertising for Gear.com, Lexus, New Balance, & T-Mobile.

Ethan Kurzweil

Bessemer Venture Partners

Ethan is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners where he leads the firm’s developer platforms roadmap. His investments include Twilio, Sendgrid, Intercom, Nitrous.io, and npm. In 1999, he was a co-founder of SSB-Bart Group, an early developer company and currently a leading provider of web and mobile accessibility software and services.

Jeremy LaTrasse

Message Bus

Jeremy LaTrasse is co-founder & CEO of Message Bus. He knows how to scale large infrastructure & platforms having previously been co-founder & Operations Manager at Twitter. He's also an active advisor & investor in companies such as Square & SightGlass.

David Lee

SV Angel

David is a Founder and Managing Partner of SV Angel and arguably one of Silicon Valley's most prolific early-stage investors. Previously he was a founding member of Google’s New Business Development team and led business development at StumbleUpon.

Ping Li

Accel Partners

Ping is a partner at Accel Partners & has over two decades of experience as a technology investor and operating executive. He focuses on cloud computing, networking & security and is responsible for Accel's Big Data fund.

Matt Ocko

Data Collective

Matt is the co-founder of Data Collective, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on big data. Matt & the DCVC team have backed great companies developer-focused companies such as Couchbase, Cloudability, Appurify, Firebase, MongoHQ & Parse.

Scott Raney

Redpoint Ventures

Scott is a partner with Redpoint Ventures. With an emphasis on cloud computing & enterprise infrastructure, Scott has invested in & helped grow some of biggest developer-focused success stories including Heroku, Stripe, and Twilio.

Chris Sacca

Lowercase Capital

Former Google exec Chris Sacca was an early investor in Twitter. Chris’ fund Lowercase Capital includes Kickstarter, Uber, Lookout, Instagram, Twilio and Heroku. Chris has been named to Forbes’ Midas List.

Brad Silverberg

Fuel Capital

Brad is the co-founder of Fuel Capital, an early stage venture fund. Brad is also a founding Partner of Ignition. He has invested in TellMe, Heroku, Xensource, Sourcelabs, Seven, Skytap, Hipmunk, & Keas. Prior, Brad led the Windows, Internet, and Office businesses at Microsoft.

John Somorjai


John is EVP of Corporate Development & Strategy at salesforce.com, where he handles mergers, acquisitions, and investments. Previously, he was VP of Business Development at Ingenio and Sr. Director of Corporate Development at Oracle.

Program Advisors

Our advisors are seasoned operators and investors who are passionate about helping start-ups grow. They can help with everything from go-to-market and pricing, to scaling platforms and operations, to fundraising. They work with our members through the Heavybit speaker series, hands-on office hours, and one-to-one advising.

Orion Henry

Founder, Heroku

Orion Henry is a Heroku co-founder and the mad scientist behind much of the company's infrastructure. Throughout his career he's been solving tough engineering challenges and building & managing large distributed systems.

Adam Wiggins

Founder, Heroku

Adam Wiggins is a Heroku co-founder. As one of Heroku's product visionaries, he's been instrumental in rethinking the modern development life-cycle & how to scale engineering teams effectively.

Nisha Ahluwalia


Nisha is VP of Marketing at PagerDuty, responsible for demand gen, building the brand, and community activities. She previously built marketing functions and managed global teams at RingCentral and Cisco WebEx.

Marty Cagan

SV Product Group

As the founder of SVPG, Marty works with & advises many of the leading technology teams in the world. A real product & design maven, Marty is the author of the best-selling book "INSPIRED: How To Create Products Customers Love."

Arup Chakrabarti


Arup is the Operations Engineering Team Lead at PagerDuty. He started out as an Operations Engineer at Amazon, and both managed and built operations teams at Amazon and Netflix to help improve availability and reliability.

Michael Cote

451 Research

Michael is Research Director of the infrastructure software practice at 451 Research. Previously, he worked on cloud strategy at Dell and was an industry analyst at RedMonk as well as a developer.

Jon Dahl


Jon co-founded Zencoder, a Y Combinator-backed cloud audio & video encoding service. As an engineer-founder, Jon wrote software, raised funding, and helped grow a developer-focused business to 1,000 paying customers & real revenue.

David Dollar


David Dollar, an architect and head of the Developer Experience (DX) team at Heroku, has worked on many of Heroku's developer-facing tools, including the API, command line client (CLI), foreman, Heroku toolbelt, and many others.

Kris Duggan


Kris is Founder and CEO of BetterWorks. Previously, as founder & CEO, he led Badgeville from its bootstrap phase to a high-growth venture-backed company. He’s an investor and advisor for Koality, MongoHQ, WePay and Palantir.

Jeremy Edberg


Jeremy is the lead reliability engineer for Netflix. Before Netflix he was Chief Architect and Lead Technologist / Operations Manager for Reddit, where he was responsible for system architecture, hiring and managing all engineers.

Adam Ely

Blue Box

Adam is the co-founder of Blue Box Security. Adam can help start-ups design security strategies & understand how security impacts their ability to close deals. Previously he was CISO at Heroku & before that headed up security for TiVo & Disney.

Todd Feinroth


Todd has mastered the art of building and leading sales teams. As CRO at Opscode, he successfully created and managed the multi-channel sales infrastructure. He’s now creating the sales roadmap for CFEngine as VP of Sales.

Ilya Grigorik


lya Grigorik is a web performance engineer at Google. Ilya cofounded AideRSS Inc. in 2007 and serves as its Chief Technology Officer and served as its Chief Architect. He also has extensive experience running his own internet hosting company.

Adam Gross


Adam's an expert marketer who's brought new technology platforms to market both at Dropbox & at Salesforce.com. He's also been an active investor in and advisor to several developer-facing start-ups including Heroku, Dotcloud & Pantheon.

Les Hazlewood


Les is the founder of co-founder and CTO of Stormpath. He's an open source leader and enterprise architect with a particular focus on building large-scale and distributed computing and application security.

Dave Hersh

Jive Software

Dave was Founding CEO and then Chairman of Jive, where his leadership grew them from an open source project to a $55M pre-IPO company. Prior to Jive, Hersh was the CFO at 4charity and a management consultant at VIA International.

Tyler Jewell


Tyler is CEO of Codenvy, the cloud development environment, & a venture partner at Toba Capital where he leads investments in middleware & app development. He sits on the board of WSO2 & Exo Platform and has invested in Cloudant, Trigger.IO, ZeroTurnaround, InfoQ, and AppHarbor.

Ivan Kirigin


Ivan is a founder of YesGraph and helped Dropbox achieve 12X growth in just over 2 years. Ivan worked on Facebook's virtual currency and cofounded social micropayments system, Tipjoy which attracted funding from both Chris Sacca and Y Combinator.

Bill Lapcevic

New Relic

Bill is a business development pro & application performance management industry veteran. He currently runs Business Development for New Relic and has extensive experience working with the major Cloud & PaaS providers.

An Le

Trinity Ventures

An Le is an experienced business development executive specializing in partner platform growth and management. She led cloud partner strategy for MongoHQ, built the team behind Yammer’s Partner Platform, and served as Director of Business Development at New Relic.

Andrew Levy


Andrew is co-founder and CEO of Crittercism, a mobile APM solution. Previously, he co-founded the YC startup AdThrow, and was an engineer at HP who led teams focused on agile programming methodologies and rapid product iterations.

Mike Miller


Mike is co-founder and Chief Scientist of Cloudant, where he executes their technical vision, manages long-term product R&D, and directs special projects. Cloudant began in YCombinator and was acquired by IBM in 2014.

Danielle Morrill


Danielle Morrill joined Twilio in 2009 as Director of Marketing, and grew community from a few hundred developers to more than 100,000. She is currently the co-founder & CEO of Mattermark, which provides startup analysis and insight to firms.

Vasant Natarajan

Accel Partners

Vasant leads early and growth-stage investments in the developer services, creative tools, Big Data, SaaS, and new media sectors at Accel. Previously, he invested in a variety of growth-stage startups at Insight Venture Partners.

Geva Perry

Geva Perry is an expert on go-to-market for developer products. He's helped build the go-to-market strategy for companies including Sauce Labs, Heroku & SnapLogic and has been an advisor for New Relic, Twilio, Xeround, JFrog, CloudScaling and many more.

Jesse Robbins

OnBeep & OpsCode

Jesse knows DevOps inside out. He's the founder of Opscode & the Velocity Conference and was previously responsible for website availability at Amazon.com. He's also an active investor in & advisor to developer-focused start-ups such as PagerDuty, MessageBus & Fastly.

Alex Salazar


Alex is the CEO of Stormpath and former top sales leader at IBM. While at IBM, he achieved “Sales Person of the Year” honors and successfully carried quotas as high as $30M. Prior to IBM, Alex was an enterprise software developer.

Geoff Schmidt


Geoff was an inventor of 'audio fingerprinting' and one of the original authors of Miro, the decentralized Internet TV platform. Geoff is the founder of Meteor and also proprietor of Monument, a live/work community for scientists and artists in San Francisco.

Max Schoening


Max is a product designer at Heroku where he both manages the design team and build software. He also founded, designed, and runs the hugely popular CloudApp (cl.ly) that lets designers quickly share large files.

John Sheehan


John is the co-founder & CEO of Runscope. He knows first hand how to get developers engaged and how to drive grass-roots adoption of developer products having led developer evangelism at Twilio and API/Platform at IFTTT.

Matt Soldo


Matt is an marketing executive specializing in early-stage, growth-oriented products. He's an alumni of PayPal, Amazon.com (A9), and Cisco, and his professional interests include enterprise software, linked-data, sales operations, and business development.

Alex Solomon


Alex is the co-founder & CEO of PagerDuty. As an Amazon operations veteran he's an expert at keeping large-scale systems up and understands what it takes to make developers & ops teams happy.

Javier Soltero

Redpoint Ventures

Javier knows what it takes to commercialize developer-facing start-ups. As a founder of Hyperic, he grew revenues to over $1m without raising VC, before a successful exit to become VMWare's CTO of SaaS & Apps. Javier is CEO at Acompli.

Chris Stolt


Chris is the Director of Technical Support and Account Management at Heroku. He's an expert on creating and growing technical support organizations. He knows how to make a personal connection with customers while addressing their technical needs.

Olivia Teich

Jive Software

Olivia Teich led the releases of Jive 4.5, 5, 6, and Cloud, and now leads the product teams focused on personal mobile and real-time experiences. Prior to Jive, she led product, marketing, and UX for successful consumer and business products including platforms at Yahoo!.

Des Traynor


Des Traynor is the co-founder of Intercom, responsible for product strategy and customer success. He also co-founded Exceptional, an error tracking & reporting platform that was bought by Rackspace.

Trenton Truitt


As VP of Worldwide Sales at PagerDuty, Trenton is responsible for all revenue and contributes to go-to-market strategy. He’s held sales positions at both startups and Fortune 200 companies, including Appcelerator, EMC and PTC.

Zack Urlocker


Zack Urlocker is an executive, investor, advisor and board member with over twenty years of experience in the software industry. He has held executive positions at Active Software, MySQL and most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Zendesk.

Morgan Mackles


As Vice President of Sales for Iron.io, Morgan Mackles is responsible for the company’s sales strategy and revenue growth. Morgan supported the HeavyBit community by creating the "Sales Master Class" speaker-series, and also serves on the advisory board of RainforestQA. Morgan holds a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University, where he was also a graduate of the Leavey School of Business CAPE Entrepreneurship Program.