Julia is Head of Engineering at Tindie where she was the first employee and built the engineering team. Prior to joining Tindie, she was CTO of WeddingLovely (a 500 Startups company), Product Manager at a mid-stage startup, VigLink, and a Research Engineer as part of one of the world's top User Experience Research groups at IBM Almaden Research. While at IBM Research she published 8 original research publications in peer-reviewed, top-tier Human Computer Interaction conferences and holds several patents. She is an experienced and sought after speaker having given invited keynote talks at industry conferences such as O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0 Conference, PyCon and FooCamp. Julia holds a BS with Honors and MS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where her research focused on both distributed systems and human computer interaction.