Hi! And welcome to my little piece of cyberspace.
My name is Kate Matsudaira. I live in Seattle, WA.
My background is in technology and computer science. Although I have spent the last few years on the management side of things. I specialize in building and operating large-scale web applications/sites (and wrote a chapter on this topic in the second version of the AOSA book). More recently my focus has been with SaaS (software as a service) applications and cloud computing (and as it pains me to say it – big data). I have extensive experience building and managing high performance teams that create really amazing technology to solve important problems. While I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all development process I am a fan of some aspects agile development practices and the lean startup movement (especially as it applies to software process), but have experience and opinions on lots of other methods.
In the past, I have worked at several great companies including Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, and Amazon.com. More recently I have tended to veer towards the start-up world where 1 year is like 5 years in big company time. I have worked on large-scale platforms (most recently in online video and search) but have also helped build smaller high traffic e-commerce sites. I have held roles as developer, project manager, product manager, and people manager. Although the last 7 years I have been a VPE/CTO for companies like Moz, Decide (acquired by eBay), and prior to that Delve Networks (acquired by Limelight).
In 2013, I started my own company Popforms. Our mission was to help superstars shine at work and we built all kinds of amazing courseware and content to help companies train their employees to be better at their jobs. This year (2015) I sold my company to Safari (part of O’Reilly Media) and am working on my next thing (which is going to be founding another startup).
I also created a little notebook all about setting goals and achieving your dreams, called the Volt Planner, that I launched on Kickstarter and then turned into an ecommerce company designed to make you more successful in your work life.
Thanks to my accomplishments I am fortunate enough to work with lots of technology companies (both locally in Seattle, and in other areas of the US) and am invited to speak at various industry events.
Outside of tech I recently (May 2014) became a mom, and so that was new and exciting. I was always ambivalent about children and wasn’t sure I wanted to have one, and he changed my life in a big way. I am a new person and it is pretty awesome. Of course, now I have the challenge of balancing motherhood, family, work, side projects, and my passions. I have a very full cup.
I also love beaches, glitter, cupcakes and cotton candy. Oh and of course my puppies. You will seldom find me without my high heels, giant handbags, and my iPhone . Besides my love of all things glamorous, I am still a geek at heart (ask me to tell you some math jokes
or raid with you in a game of WoW).
Below is more information on interesting press some of the past events I have attended….
Video Coverage & Awards
- ACM Profile Video – May 2013
- Interview at Velocity Conference on tech leadership with Silicon Angle – June 2013 (video)
- 40 under 40 Honoree September 2012
- Stories on Data Science and Analytics – March 2013
- Interview on the AWS Report (video)- August 2012
- Video Interview on NextCast about technology and life – March 2012
- Podcast on the Food Fight Show about devops and tech culture – October 2012
- Which is easier to tune, humans or machines? interview on O’Reilly Radar including the video interview – May 2012
- Video interview on my style @ Lime Chandelier – August 2012
- Profile on Uses This detailing my personal setup – July 2012
- “Hire of Year” award from GeekWire – including coverage in Forbes, and video of my acceptance speech
- A fun spotlight profile on Venture Alley – August 2011
- Geek of the Week spotlight – April 2011
- Top 100 women in Seattle tech on TechFlash
- An article on Geekwire about my November 2011 career change….
- NY Times coverage from a panel on cloud computing
- O’Reilly video interview from Velocity 2011
- Interview on being awesome at your job in devops – May 2012
- Video of a panel at Lean Startup Seattle: Building on a Great Idea (geek wire coverage of the panel, including more pics)
- Speaking at SurgeCon on Scaling and participating in a panel on Big Data in the Cloud in September 2011 – video here!
And this is a demo of my ACM portait linked to above:
Past Speaking Engagements
- Puppet Conf, September 23-24 2014, San Francisco
- Future Stack keynote, October 2013
- If you don’t know people, you don’t know ops at Velocity Conference, June 18-20th 2013
- Cultivate – a new conference on technology and leadership – NY October 2013
- Talent42, June 2013
- Don’t Believe in Magic keynote at Fluent Conference, May 2013
- Tech talk and Career Q&A at BoxHQ, April 2013 (video link)
- The Science of Managing Data Scientists (slides) at Strata Conference, Feb 26-28 2013 and accompanying video from my interview about the topic
- Engineer Whispering (slides) – Seattle Interactive Conference, Oct 29-30, 2012
- Big Data without a Big Database (slides) – talk given at Surge Conference, Sept 27-28th, Baltimore (watch the video!)
- Participated in a panel at AWS re:Invent, Nov 27-29, 2012
- Moderated the panel on big data for TechNW, October 3, 2012
- Leveling Up (slides)- talk given at Velocity 2012 – June 2012 (watch the video!)
- Spoke on Software Failures at Velocity in June 2011
- Speaking at OSCON 2011 on Big Data for Less and Scaling Rails
- Speaking at the Seattle AWS users group in August 2011
- Mentored at Seattle Startup Weekend in June 2011 and June 2012
- Speaking at the Seattle Hacker News Meetup June 2012
- “Hot in Tech” Networking Event (on the panel), April 2012 Seattle, WA
- Judge for Seattle Startup Weekend – Government big data edition! April 27-29, 2012
- Judging Startup Weekend November 2011
- ACM articles
- Making the mobile web faster – ACM Queue
- A guest post on Smart Blogs about Leadership and Retaining Top Talent
- Here are a few posts I wrote on the Moz Developer blog (when I was the VP Engineering there):
If you are interested in having me speak, teach, or write for your website/team/conference/organization/book – feel free to check out my services page for more information. You can also get a taste from some of my work by clicking on the links above.
The opinions and views expressed on this website are entirely my own. They do not represent the thoughts or ideas of my employer, my coworkers, my husband, or anyone else. For the most part the articles and views presented on this site do not represent real people or events, and are only reflections from my experiences and opinions.