Building & Managing an Early-Stage Engineering Team

On November 3rd, 6-8PM, join us at Union Square Ventures for a panel discussion for early-stage entrepreneurs: "Building & Managing an Early-Stage Engineering Team" with Orna Albus (Extend) Arjun Bhatnagar (Cloaked) and Austin Woolridge (Players' Lounge).

Other perks? Cocktails and networking with other amazing entrepreneurs based in NYC!


For the non-technical among us, from day 1, we're wondering about whether it might make sense to work with outsourced teams and consultants till we "learn more" about the product. Either direction we choose, we have to figure what qualities and skills we need in an early-stage lead developer for our particular mission, product and team. And technical and non-technical founders alike face the challenges of building an engineer team, from planning and recruiting to creating an environment in which their team will thrive.

Join us for a panel discussion on November 3rd as we cover what it takes to build an engineering team from 1, to 10, to 30+. We’ll discuss:

  • Prioritizing types of technical talent you need
  • Planning team roles and growth
  • Sourcing candidates and conducting technical interviews
  • Managing your engineering team
  • Compensating your team
  • Outsourcing options


Orna Albus is the Chief Product Officer at Extend. Orna has been a product leader for over 15 years. She has launched and managed several payment products for leading card issuers and has led development of product solutions in the travel and communication industries. As the CPO at Extend, Orna has been helping banks innovate like fintechs, so small and mid-sized businesses get a simple, powerful way to streamline spend management while keeping the financial partners they know and trust.

Arjun Bhatnagar is the CEO of cloaked -- a consumer-first privacy startup dedicated to bringing humanity back to the internet. Recently, Arjun, along with his brother Abhijay, raised $25-million in series A funds to catapult cloaked to the forefront of consumer trust. Arjun has experienced a lifelong love of technology, people, and innovation. Over the course of his career, he has successfully started two companies, taught undergrad and grad students coding at MIT, designed a prosthetic arm for a 3-year-old, worked as the 22-year-old partner at a venture firm, and founded a non-profit dedicated to bringing education to those who may not have access to it otherwise. In 2016, Arjun and his brother Abhijay sold their first startup – Hey! HeadsUp, and shifted their focus to the world of consumer trust. In addition to Techcrunch, Arjun has been featured in CNBC, Built in Boston, and a variety of other publications. He understands more than 15 coding languages, and is dedicated to making the world a better place through people-centric innovation.

Austin Woolridge is the CEO and co-founder of Players’ Lounge (YC W18), a platform that gives gamers the ability to earn and win money playing their favorite triple-A video games. Players’ Lounge services millions of dollars in prize money each month and has been featured in ESPN, Sports Illustrated and TechCrunch. Austin holds a bachelor degree in History from Wesleyan University, where he was a four year starter on the men's soccer team. He is also an accomplished music producer, scoring hits for French Montana, Fabolous, Pusha T, and Kid Ink.

  • November 03, 2022 at 6:00pm – 8pm
    817 Broadway 14th Floor
    New York, NY 10003
    United States
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  • $30.00 USD
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