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KEYNOTE: VMware - Advanced Development and Accelerated Enterprise Innovation with xLabs and VMware


Tasha Drew
VMware, Senior Director of xLabs

Tasha has been an innovative product leader in Silicon Valley for over a decade. She is Senior Director of xLabs in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) at VMware. This program focuses on what we call advanced development, which is taking technically validated projects from incubation and research, and partnering with customers, partners, and our internal business groups to productize these technologies and get them into our customers hands as fully realized technology. She is co-chair of the Kubernetes Working Group for Multi-Tenancy and co-chair of the Kubernetes SIG Usability. Previously, she launched VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid for vSphere and was a member of the team that launched Project Pacific, Tanzu for SDDC, and vSphere with Tanzu at VMware. Tasha has also held product roles at Chef, Rentlytics, Engine Yard, and Lockheed Martin. She was a core maintainer of Chef Habitat. Tasha holds a B.S. in Computer Science from USC and an M.S. in Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship from RPI. Follow Tasha @tashadrew on Twitter, @tashy on LinkedIn, and @tashimi on GitHub. 


xLabs is an advanced development program in VMware’s Office of the CTO that focuses on designing, launching, and exiting highly strategically aligned technology projects that are 1-3 years ahead of the business’s roadmap. We operate a little bit like an incubator, a little bit like a VC portfolio, and we run our teams like startups that need to build in an iterable, agile fashion, learning and failing and pivoting fast to drive the best outcome. Our goal is to be the best place in the world to launch your new idea into meaningful product, accelerating participants’ careers. This talk will go over how we run the program and teams to drive results, and our lessons learned along the way as we bootstrapped, found success, and began to scale.