Wine on the Terrace: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Wine on the Terrace ~ Ingredients for Success: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

PAST EVENT: A networking social for experts in business, technology, and leadership. Includes a fireside chat with friends from Hulu, Microsoft, Modern Electron, Twistle and more!

Julie Madhusoodanan has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has been in the tech industry for almost 20 years. She has served in various roles and organizations ranging from developer jobs in startups that delivered financial and education software packages, to being a tech consultant at Ernst & Young, to ~20 years at Microsoft in groups like Office, Windows, and Windows Services in Engineering, PM and technical management roles. In her current role at Hulu as Vice President of Engineering Quality, her team is responsible for delivering delightful experiences for Hulu subscribers. She naturally gravitates towards logic and thrives in the intersection of technology and delighted customers. Julie hails from India and grew up learning 5+ languages, learning Carnatic music, playing national level tennis and enjoying spicy food. She has a 7 year-old son who has been her greatest source of joy and learning to date.
Amongst other things, she is also focused on learning more about spirituality, community service, and martial arts. In her spare time, she is a meditation instructor offering free courses at various corporate settings and the University of Washington.

Dave Ross is the CTO and Co-Founder of Twistle, Inc, a Seattle-based healthcare technology company founded in 2011. The Twistle platform focuses on improving health outcomes by delivering automated care journeys for patients and their families. Dave has spent over 20 years in Healthcare IT, leading software development and deployment over a wide range of technology and product areas, with a special focus on mobile apps and interoperability. Prior to joining Twistle, Dave spent over 8 years at Albany Medical Center in upstate New York as Director of Information Services. Dave has a background in software engineering and holds a BS in Information Systems from the State University of New York.

Max Mankin is the co-founder and CTO of Modern Electron, an energy startup company building technology to make home energy use more efficient and clean. Max himself has over a decade of experience building and leading diverse and interdisciplinary technology teams, as well as designing, fabricating, and characterizing semiconductors, electronics, and energy systems. He currently leads a team of 25 brilliant engineers and scientists. Max earned a BS in chemistry from Brown and a PhD in physical chemistry/materials science from Harvard, where he held fellowships from the Hertz and National Science Foundations. Max is also an inventor, with a few dozen patents pending and granted. His accolades include one of Inc. Magazine’s most brilliant entrepreneurs under 30 (2017) and Forbes 30 Under 30 (2016). His hobbies include squash, skiing, and home automation.

Mekonnen Kassa is passionate about leading the transformation of enterprises through technology, as well as consulting and illustrating innovative technology products and services that can help Fortune 500 enterprises seize opportunities and address challenges. Mekonnen has collaborated to incubate multimillion-dollar service offering to enterprise customers by developing IT operational excellence procedures. He has also worked with teams that significantly improved the reliability of IT services and migrated workloads to cloud services. Currently, Mekonnen leads a global engineering team that designs, deploys, operates, and continuously improves the Compute Service at global Microsoft data centers. During his 13+ years at Microsoft, he was previously a team leader who managed infrastructure for their mission-critical Line of Business (LoB) applications, and a Senior Program manager in the Premier Services – IT Operational Excellence organization.

Haresh Sangani is the founder of Hitech Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in contract and full-time talent acquisition and project consulting. Haresh has over twenty years in leadership and technical contributions at AT&T, Amazon, Kronos, Emtec, and various startups. His is a co-founder of Faira and is on the boards of SeaSIM and Armman.
A skier and trail runner, Haresh is a Husky through and through, with an MS Comp Sci, MSEE, BSEE, and BS Physics, all from the University of WA.

This event was attended by local business leaders, technology experts, and executives from these successful companies:

Intellectual Ventures
Seattle Children's Research Institute
Scope 5
Set Tech LLC
Premera Blue Cross
Modern Electron  
Eco-Bridge LLC.
Blue Origin
Think Automatic
Intellectual Ventures
Transparent Systems
Blue Origin
Center for Threat Intelligence
Amazon Web Services
Box Inc.
Modern Electron
Rock Bridge Executive Advisory
Incyde Labs
My-Orion LLC
Hitech Advisors
Aruca, LLC
Hitech Advisors
South Shore Armory
Newman Du Wors LLP
Hitech Advisors

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