About People

Heavybit Team

James Lindenbaum

Founder

After founding Heroku, James established Heavybit as the only community and program to focus solely on developer company go-to-market strategy.

Tom Drummond

Managing Director

Tom manages Heavybit’s investor and member relations and helps developer companies with go-to-market strategy, fundraising and operations.

Dana Oshiro

General Partner & GM

Dana manages the day-to-day operations of Heavybit’s developer company program, clubhouse, events, content and marketing.

Ted Carstensen

Content Marketing Manager

Ted manages Heavybit’s educational content and facilitates knowledge sharing through production of meetups, speaker series, and member-powered podcasts.

Malia Powers

PR Manager

Malia leads PR efforts for Heavybit and works closely with our members providing both strategic counsel and tactical support on PR and marketing initiatives.

Sarah Zanoli

Vibe & Facilities Manager

Sarah is responsible for Heavybit’s vibrant culture, manages our state-of-the-art clubhouse, and keeps our community meetups and mixers running smoothly.

Sam Noland

Events Manager

Sam leads Heavybit’s events and community initiatives including conferences, meetups, strategic meetings, and corporate briefings.

Aimee P.

Administrative Assistant

Aimee is Heavybit’s reception go-to, handles administrative responsibilities for Tom Drummond, and fosters Heavybit’s strong network.


Heavybit Investors

Steve Anderson

Baseline Ventures

Steve is the founder of Baseline Ventures with a number of successes as an early-stage investor. Anderson’s existing portfolio companies in the developer marketing include Crashlytics, CircleCI, and Pantheon.

Tony Askew

Reed Elsevier Ventures

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

Kevin Brown

Reed Elsevier Ventures

Kevin is a founding partner of RE Ventures and is an investor in media, cloud and big data companies. Past investments include GigaOM, Inxight, and Palantir.

Derek Collison

Apcera

Derek is the founder and CEO of Apcera and has over two decades of large-scale, distributed systems experience. Prior to Apcera, Derek was CTO and Chief Architect at VMware where he 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 and sits on the board of Splunk, Opscode, and Parse. Previously he was on the board of Heroku and Xensource.

Michael Dearing

Harrison Metal

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

Roger Ehrenberg

IA Ventures

Roger is the founder and managing partner of IA Ventures. Roger is an active seed and early-stage investor since 2004 backing startups including Bitly, Metamarkets, and DataSift.

Eric Frenkiel

MemSQL

Eric is co-founder 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.

Chris Howard

Fuel Capital

Chris is the co-founder of Fuel Capital, an early stage venture fund. Previously at Ignition Partners, Chris invested in Parse, Pagerduty, Zencoder, Mashape, WePay, and Hipmunk.

Ethan Kurzweil

Bessemer Venture Partners

Ethan is a partner at Bessemer Venture Parnters where he leads the developer platforms vertical. His investments include Twilio, Sendgrid, Intercom, Nitrous.io, and npm.

Jeremy LaTrasse

Message Bus

Jeremy is co-founder and CEO of Message Bus. He was previously a co-founder and Operations Manager at Twitter and the Operations Lead at Odeo.

David Lee

SV Angel

David is a founder and managing partner of SV Angel. 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 and has over two decades of experience as a technology investor and operating executive. He focuses on cloud computing, networking and security, and is responsible for Accel’s Big Data fund.

Matt Ocko

Data Collective

Matt is the co-founder of Data Collective. He has backed developer-focused companies such as Couchbase, Cloudability, Appurify, Firebase, MongoHQ, and Parse.

Scott Raney

Redpoint Ventures

Scott is a partner at Redpoint Ventures. His expertise in cloud computing and enterprise infrastructure has helped him invest and grow a number of dev-focussed success stories including Heroku, Stripe, and Twilio.

Chris Sacca

Lowercase Capital

Chris Sacca was an early investor in Twitter. His fund Lowercase Capital has invested in portfolio co’s including Kickstarter, Uber, Lookout, Instagram, Twilio, and Heroku. He’s been named to Forbes’ Midas List.

Brad Silverberg

Fuel Capital

Brad is the co-founder of Fuel Capital and a founding partner of Ignition Partners. He has invested in TellMe, Heroku, Xensource, Sourcelabs, Seven, Skytap, Hipmunk, and Keas.

John Somorjai

Salesforce

John is EVP of Corporate Development & Strategy at Salesforce, where he handles mergers, acquisitions, and investments. Previously, he worked at Ingenio and Oracle.


Program Advisors

Adam Gross

Salesforce

Adam is the current CEO of Heroku and specializes in platform marketing for developers. He’s helped scale and grow world-class developer communities for Personify, Salesforce, and Dropbox.

Adam Wiggins

Heroku

Adam Wiggins is a Heroku co-founder and author of definitive work “The 12 Factor App”. As a product visionary and CTO, he’s been instrumental in shaping the modern development lifecycle and effectively scaling teams.

Alex Polvi

CoreOS

Alex is responsible for pushing forward the application container industry. He is the CEO of CoreOS, the creator of Tectonic, and many open source projects such as CoreOS Linux, rkt, and etcd.

Arup Chakrabarti

PagerDuty

Arup is a master at scaling complex architectures and has managed and built operations at Amazon and Netflix. He currently helps improve availability and reliability for his many customers at PagerDuty.

Bridget Gleason

Sumo Logic

Bridget advises members on sales management including go-to-market strategy, recruiting, lead generation, and customer retention. She’s held executive positions at Yesware, Engine Yard and is now at Sumo Logic.

Claire Hunsaker

Stormpath

Claire helps technology startups increase marketing performance and develop strategic messaging. She is an expert in product marketing and PR with previous experience at Samasource and LiveOps.

Craig Kerstiens

Citus Data

Craig is a developer marketing expert and blogs frequently about Python, Django, and Postgres. He is an early member of Heroku where he launched the company’s Python support and ran the Heroku Postgres team.

Dave Hersh

Zag Partners

Dave helps early-stage companies create and win markets, and assemble rockstar teams. Previously, he was founding CEO of Jive, where his leadership grew them from an open source project to a $55M pre-IPO company.

Des Traynor

Intercom

Des is an experienced interaction designer with a passion for designing web applications. He is the co-founder of Intercom and writes regularly on topics including product strategy, user experience, and the business of startups.

Don MacLennan

Bluenose Analytics

Don advises Heavybit companies on post-sales, customer success, and preventing churn.  He is the CEO and cofounder of Bluenose Analytics.

Geva Perry

Startup Advisor

Geva is an expert in software pricing and product and helps developer companies move from developer traction to enterprise sales. His blog, Thinking Out Cloud, is widely read and he has been named as one of the 12 Top Thinkers in Cloud Computing.

Hiten Shah

Quick Sprout & Crazy Egg

As a serial entrepreneur passionate about growth hacking and helping other founders, Hiten is a frequent startup advisor. He is co-founder and President of KISSmetrics and previously co-founded CrazyEgg.

Ilya Sukhar

Parse

Ilya is an investor, entrepreneur, and advisor to startups, both individually and as a part-time partner at Y Combinator. Previously, Illya founded Parse, a mobile infrastructure company acquired by Facebook.

Ivan Kirigin

YesGraph

Ivan has run countless growth experiments and is an expert in crafting and optimizing referral programs. He helped Dropbox grow 12X in 2 years and is now serving as a founder at YesGraph.

Javier Soltero

Microsoft

Javier shines at designing and developing infrastructure management companies. He’s held senior engineering positions at VMware and Netscape, and is the founder of Acompli which was acquired by Microsoft for $200M.

Jeff Burkland

Burkland Associates

Jeff is an expert in tactical financial management with a specialization in business plan development, financial modeling, executive and board-level reporting, and process improvement. He is the founder of Burkland Associates.

Jesse Robbins

Orion Labs

Jesse is the creator of Chef and an investor/advisor to developer startups PagerDuty, MessageBus, and Fastly. He is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder of the Velocity Conference where he helped start the DevOps movement.

John Sheehan

Runscope

John has 15+ years of developer evangelism experience at Twilio and IFTTT. He is the co-founder and CEO of Heavybit member company Runscope where he continues to scale a loyal community of API fanatics and contributors.

Jon Dahl

Mux

Jon is an expert at running lean startups, increasing revenue growth, and managing scalable cloud platform architecture. As a co-founder and CEO he grew Zencoder to become the world’s largest and fastest encoding platform.

Kris Duggan

BetterWorks

Kris knows developer sales and sales teams inside out. He ran enterprise sales at WebEx, and as founder and CEO of Badgeville, he grew sales to 8 figures in revenue in under 36 months.

Krithika Muthukumar

Stripe

Krithika  leads product marketing at Stripe, where she works on everything from their website and launches to sales collateral and international marketing. She’s previously worked on marketing at Dropbox and Google.

Les Hazlewood

StormPath

Les is an open source guru and enterprise architect with a focus on building large-scale and distributed computing. He is now the co-founder and CTO of Stormpath.

Marcy Campbell

Qubole

Marcy is an expert in early-stage sales and business development for developer startups. Previously, she has had sales roles at Engine Yard, CA Technologies and is currently at Qubole.

Marty Cagan

Silicon Valley Product Group

Marty is an expert in product strategy and the author of the book, Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love. He has held executive product positions at eBay, AOL, Netscape, and HP.

Matt Soldo

Docker

Matt specializes in early-stage, growth-oriented products. He’s an alumni of Heroku, PayPal, Amazon, Cisco, and PeopleSoft. His professional interests include enterprise software, sales operations, and business development.

Melissa Smolensky

CoreOS

Melissa has extensive experience in developer-focused public and analyst relations, thought leadership, and strategic messaging. She leads Marketing at CoreOS and previously ran PR for Chartio and Rackspace.

Michael Dearing

Harrison Metal

Michael is the founder of Harrison Metal. He’s an investor in several developer companies including PagerDuty, StackMob, and Recurly and is an expert on productizing emerging technologies, SaaS go-to-market, product validation, and pricing.

Morgan Mackles

Iron.io

Morgan Mackles: Morgan is the SVP of Sales at Iron.io where he works to scale his team and build out commercial sales processes. He is an advisor to RainforestQA and is host of Heavybit’s Sales Master Class.

Nisha Ahluwalia

VoiceBase, Inc.

Nisha is an expert in product marketing, demand generation, branding, and community building. She is currently is at PagerDuty and previously managed product marketing and global teams at Cisco WebEx.

Oren Teich

Canvas

Oren is an expert in managing people, product, and processes. Previously, he was the GM of Heroku where he helped grow the company from 9 to 150 people.

Peter van Hardenberg

Heroku

Peter is an expert in building products, systems, and teams. As a founding member of the Heroku Postgres team he has been responsible for designing, developing, and operating the largest cluster of Postgres databases in the world.

Rachel Chalmers

Ignition Partners

A noted author and speaker on enterprise-IT topics, Rachel specializes in helping software companies solve complicated and urgent business problems. She joined Ignition Partners after a career as a technology analyst and journalist.

Tiffany Spencer

Bessemer Venture Partners

Tiffany works with Bessemer Venture Partners’ portfolio providing strategic counsel on communications and marketing initiatives. She was named one of Business Insider’s “Best 50 Communications Pros In Technology.”

Todd Feinroth

BlazeMeter

Todd is a master at managing enterprise software sales motions and building multi-channel commercial organizations. He has previously worked for companies including Distelli, CFengine, and Chef Software.

Trenton Truitt

PagerDuty

Trenton is an expert in large enterprise sales and designing sales strategies for SaaS companies. He is responsible for all revenue at PagerDuty and works closely with the executive team to define and execute go-to-market strategy.

Waqas Makhdum

Amazon

Waqas advises on developer marketing. He leads AWS’ Mobile Services developer marketing and is a mentor at mobile technologies incubator Scaler.co.

Priyanka Sharma

Wakatime

Priyanka is the co-founder of Wakatime and specializes in early-stage product marketing and demand generation. She is a trusted advisor to CitusData, RainforestQA, and LightStep.