TBLP025 | Farhan Thawar: Building Together is Genius

Farhan Thawar is the CTO and Co-Founder of a Helpful.com. Most recently he was the CTO, Mobile at Pivotal and the VP of Engineering at Pivotal Labs.

Farhan is best known for scaling Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world.  He is an avid writer and speaker and was named one of Toronto’s 25 most powerful people.

Prior to Xtreme, Farhan held senior technical positions at Achievers, Microsoft, Celestica and Trilogy.

Farhan completed his MBA in Financial Engineering at Rotman and Computer Science/EE at Waterloo.

 

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The  experience growing Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world
  • The benefits of paired growing and the best practices to managing it successfully
  • Mobile and the enterprise, what is missing
  • How the acquisition of Xtreme Labs by Pivotal helped change his leadership style
  • How businesses can utilize AI for talent selection and how it will impact future jobs
  • Some leadership myths not to follow

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP024 | Chris Eben: Growth Through Diversity

Chris Eben is a Managing Partner at TWG, a software consultancy with holistic expertise in digital strategy, product design and engineering. He is a mentor, speaker and active investor with a portfolio of more than 20 startups throughout the US and Canada.

Chris joined TWG after a lengthy career running product teams in the Enterprise Software Market, focused on Business Intelligence, Analytics and Performance Management. He’s worked for startups and with large organizations and has helped to build teams in Silicon Valley, London, England and his hometown of Toronto.

At TWG, he leads a growing team of over 100 product managers, designers, and engineers that work with innovators from funded startups to large enterprises building software used by millions. Chris holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The power of software as a change mechanism
  • Why targeting recognizable brands helped them grow
  • What the first acquisition meant for the company
  • How looking back at career experience and choices helps
  • Growing through diversity

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.