Abstract/excerpt: Startups often require employees to take on multiple roles, and one such combination is for an engineer to take on product management functions. In this talk, you will learn what a product engineer role looks like, why you should be a product engineer, and how to become one. I will discuss why product engineers are an invaluable asset to an early-stage startup, and how having product engineers result in better products and happier developers. This talk relates my experience over nearly a decade in the trenches of early-stage startups, as a founder, and most recently as CTO at Coach.me.
Bio: Alicia Liu is the CTO of Coach.me, an app to help people achieve their goals through personalized coaching. Alicia is a full-stack web and mobile engineer, and has cofounded two startups in the past. She writes and speaks about development best practices and engineering culture.