For the fourth year in a row, we’re hosting our annual Summit to bring together the leaders of our 50+ portfolio companies. We’ve condensed the most requested support, content, and connections into a full day of workshops, breakout groups, and lightning talks designed to help you and your team solve your most pressing challenges and to celebrate your accomplishments. We have capacity for each company to bring 4 members of your leadership team, so please send to the leaders of your company and have them register directly.
Come meet your fellow teams and enjoy bagels & coffee to start the day.
Welcome from Colin Beirne, Founder & Partner at Two Sigma Ventures.
1. From Start to Scale: Reliability Engineering (TSV-2)
What is Reliability Engineering? What is DevOps? If you put 10 engineers in a room, you’ll get 10 different answers. Join us for a workshop with Two Sigma’s Mark Astley (Managing Director, Reliability Engineering & Engineering Management) and Dan Hoffman (VP, Head of Critical Services Reliability Engineering) on the ins and outs of reliability engineering, from why you should test what happens when you triple the volume to what you should monitor in production. Come hear from your peers and learn what tools they’re using, what problems they’re facing, and what keeps them up at night, as we share what we look for when evaluating new products, how we conduct readiness reviews, and how we think about reliability engineering from start to scale.
2. Construction and Evolution of your Sales Structure (CR-1)
Our friends at CloserIQ will provide a crash course overview in how startups can build a high performing sales function. Topics they will cover include:
- What is modern sales?
- Typical mistakes made by startups as they scale
- How to align sales strategy to your talent strategy
- Evolution of org charts, responsibilities and titles
- NYC benchmarks for compensation levels and best practices for compensation design
- How to interview sales candidates and best practices during the recruiting processBig Change with Small Acts of Inclusion (CR-2)
3. Big Change with Small Acts of Inclusion
In order to leverage the competitive advantage diversity offers, organizations can manage their greatest asset with a holistic diversity & inclusion approach. Inclusion is when employees from all backgrounds can experience personal success and contribute to the organization’s mission. This interactive workshop introduces the concept of small acts of inclusion, behaviors that have the potential to gradually transform the culture into one that recognizes and affirms the diversity of others. These behaviors are designed to ultimately become an ingrained part of day-to-day operation. The objective is to create a critical mass of participating employees so that inclusion becomes the dominant mode of operation. This learning experience is exceptionally hands-on, interactive, and focused on real-world organizational scenarios.
- Managing Remote Teams (Security Scorecard)
- Lessons in Engineering (Enigma)
- Building Successful Partnerships (RapidSOS)
1. People Matters Technology Can’t Solve (TSV-2)
No matter your size, all companies struggles with the calibrating the most effective methods to share different types of information streams, which can range in complexity from a quick text message (“Meeting changed to eleven”) to a detailed discussion about company-wide policies. Technology is great on the shallow end of this spectrum, but isn’t always helpful on the deeper end. In this discussion group, Two Sigma Engineering Manager Brad Wellington and CIO Matt Greenwood will share their extensive experiences with and insights into developing the right communication channels, identifying common trends and behaviors of teams, and figuring out the best way to keep everyone on the same page.
2. Threading the Needle: Managing through Cash Constraints and Pivots (CR-1)
The only consistency in running a startup is that things are always changing. For many startups, these changes bring pivots in focus, strategy, and even in the overall business structure. Join Stefan and Adam, as they share their experiences in navigating different paths towards becoming cash flow positive.
3. Employee Relations: Preventing Harassment and Managing Conflicts in your Startup (CR-2)
What do we do to prevent harassment in the 21st century? What are the most recent harassment laws and how can you ensure you’re compliant? How do you handle harassment issues that come up? These are some of the questions Ann and Lisa will address in this discussion group. We’ll save plenty of time for questions and discussion, so please bring any pressing questions with you!
1. Growing a Data Engineering Team (TSV-2)
Two Sigma has seen its data engineering organization grow and change many times and in many ways. Come here lessons learned in growing you data engineering function in a scalable, effective way.
2. Growth Hacks in Enterprise Sales + Customer Experience Strategy (CR-1)
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3. HR Metrics: What to Track and How to Track it (CR-2)
If your company is data-driven in its business objectives, it only makes sense to apply the same approach to HR and People Operations. Learn best practices for measuring people analytics for the whole employee lifecycle: before they are hired, during their employment, and as they move onto their next opportunity. Karyn will share how and when to start tracking, what metrics are most important, and what to share with executives.
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What makes some products so engaging while others flop? Nir Eyal, Author of Hooked, explains the psychology behind the world’s most habit-forming technologies and provides practical advice for increasing user engagement.