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KEYNOTE: Cortex - Eight Hours Ahead: How to Build a Successful Remote Engineering Team


Cristina Buenahora
Cortex, Founding Engineer

Cristina is a Founding Engineer at Cortex, the first system of record for engineering which enables engineering teams to drive adoption of developer best practices, funded by Sequoia Capital and YCombinator. Prior to joining Cortex, Cristina led an engineering team at Bridgewater Associates, where she developed a portfolio analytics platform for the largest institutional investors in the world. Cristina is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Systems Engineering and Computer Science. 


Remote teams are here to stay and now is the time to figure out how to manage them effectively. The first hurdle is understanding that what normally works in the office is not going to be effective across time zones (and especially continents). Managing remote teams requires a focus on over communicating, over planning, and over empathizing. It requires a different type of management style and skill set that relies on our tools and our emotional intelligence more than ever. This talk will draw on years of experience building and managing a remotely distributed team that delivered great code reliably, and give you the tools you need to do the same.