This Is What Impactful Engineering Leadership Looks Like

Three years ago, Jessica McKellar and a group of friends from MIT started stealthy chat startup Zulip. Less than two years later, it was acquired by Dropbox. And this wasn’t an anomaly. They’d done it once before, selling Ksplice to Oracle just as fast. This wild ride has given McKellar a more diverse set of management opportunities than the average engineer ever sees — she’s been a team lead, a founder, a technical leader at a massive corporation, and today, is the manager of dozens at a rapidly growing global startup. (Oh, and on the side, she’s a major figure in the Python community.)

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By Mounica Raj Tata
Mounica Raj Tata Graduate Career Ambassador