WHO IS THAT
Nick Caldwell is a VP of Engineering at Twitter responsible for all consumer-facing products. Previously he was Chief Product and Engineering Officer at Looker (acquired by Google) and VP of Engineering at Reddit. He also spent 13 years at Microsoft, culminating in a role as General Manager of the Power BI product family where he rapidly transformed the company's business intelligence suite.
Nick holds a degree in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT, an MBA from U.C. Berkeley Haas, and holds 10 patents related to natural language processing. Nick is a board member for /dev/color: a non-profit whose mission is to maximize the impact of Black software engineers, and founder of Color Code: a scholarship fund dedicated to future leaders of color in technology fields.
Nick is a native of P.G. County Maryland, but is happy to call San Francisco home.
Ran the product and engineering organizations for Power BI and Looker, the two most innovative BI tools in recent years. Took Reddit through hyper-scale. Now leading engineering for consumer products at Twitter.
Jun 2020 - Present
VP OF ENGINEERING
Lead a talented team of 700 engineers responsible for all consumer-facing Twitter products. Still learning...
Feb 2020 - Jun 2020
Leading the Looker product organization through acquisition and growth at our new home in Google Cloud Platform. Responsible for Engineering, Product, Design, and Product Marketing. Learned about integration.
Oct 2018 - Feb 2020
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Lead Engineering, Product, Design, and Product Marketing at Looker. We're a next-generation platform for building data experiences to power any business need. Acquired by Google. Learned about SaaS go-to-market, sticking to the plan, and time to shred.
Sep 2016 - Sep 2018
VP OF ENGINEERING
Reddit is the world's largest collection of online communities and 5th most visit website. Rapidly scaled a 35 person engineering organization to more than 150. Accomplishments: site-wide redesign, mobile applications, creation of data pipeline / experimentation platform, launch of ad platform, replacement of Search backend, video streaming service, and more. Also responsible for IT and two product teams. Learned about hypergrowth and monetizing cat pictures.
Jun 2003 - Sep 2018
Multiple leadership roles. Most memorable project was Power BI, an internal-startup which became one of Microsoft's breakout products. Grew and led a team of 300 engineers, product managers, designers, and contractors across four countries. Learned about managing large teams and equity.
May 2013 - Jun 2015
Business degree from Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Specialized in general management. Learned how to do anything.
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
MIT, EE AND CS
Graduated from MIT with degree in electrical engineering and computer science. Specialized in machine learning. Minor in creative writing. Learned how to survive anything.
Feb 2017 - Present
Creating environments where Black software engineers learn from one another & hold one another accountable for reaching ambitious career goals. Learned about purpose.