Real Stories Written by Real Tech Professionals
Our expert contributor section publishes thoughtful, solutions-oriented commentary, stories and dispatches written by innovators in the trenches at businesses — from local startups to multinational corporations — across the nation. This detailed, insider content aims to inform and entertain an engaged tech audience by combining competitive insights with artful storytelling. It aspires to be the industry’s definitive destination for sharing compelling, first-hand accounts of overcoming challenges on the road to innovation.
Ideal contributors are problem solvers on development and engineering, data and analytics, design/product and user experience, marketing and sales teams. They can work everywhere from early stage startups to established giants. They can be in the C-suite or just beginning to lead a team. VCs, advisors and tech researchers are also welcome.
Why Should I Contribute?
The Built In network offers our experts an engaged audience of more than two million readers every month — the majority of which are mid- to senior-level technology professionals — on BuiltIn.com and our eight regional sites in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Austin, Colorado, Seattle and Chicago. If you’re published on our network, you can increase visibility for your company, your expertise and your personal brand, as well as recruit top tech talent to your team.
Unlike other contributor networks, Built In also offers careful, professional editing (including developmental, structural, as well as line and copy), of the kind that you would receive as a writer at a major national magazine or newspaper, on every single story. Our team can help elevate ideas, language and headlines so your pieces reach the largest audience and gain the utmost influence within the industry and your specialty.
Because all pitches, ideas and drafts are formally evaluated by an independent team of professional editors, publication in the program also confers you professional prestige. You will be among an exclusive group of expert contributors recognized throughout the industry for the quality and depth of their work.
We’re actively searching for a roster of the brightest tech professionals in their respective fields. And we hope to hear from you soon.
I’m Interested. How Do I Get Involved?
Send us a paragraph outlining the professional challenge or subject you’d like to write about to [email protected]. Don’t overthink it.
Remember, these stories should be highly readable and engaging to people outside of your company. Every story should have a beginning, a middle and an end. When possible, they should avoid the heavy use of jargon, or seek to define it in a compelling way. They should endeavor to entertain other experts in your field without alienating junior-level professionals.
These pieces should aim to reveal solutions that might help others think through similar challenges. Map the hiccups you overcame on the way to specific innovations. Use this space to show how you solved a thorny problem, write frankly about challenges that momentarily stumped you and speculate about what you think the future might hold in your specialty.
If our team is interested in your story, they’ll be in touch.
The very best contributors across the network will be offered the opportunity to contribute on a regular, ongoing basis (weekly, monthly, or quarterly) and will receive the title of expert columnist. Each of their stories will be more prominently placed on the Built In site and will be heavily promoted through our various distribution channels. They will also receive a small fee for every story they publish.
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Rahul Agarwal is a senior data scientist with WalmartLabs. He really likes working with data-intensive problems and is constantly in search of new ideas to work on.
Rubens Cantuni is an Emmy-awarded digital product designer, currently working as UX design manager for one of the biggest tech companies in the world.
Peter Evans is the CTO of Built In.
Edward Hearn has a Ph.D. in economics and now works as a data scientist for Truist Financial. Most of his career has been in workforce analytics and human capital modeling.
Shannon Hogue is the global head of solutions engineering at Karat. She has over 20 years of experience managing distributed software teams and building structured hiring programs.
Karan Kanwar is the head of engineering at Wing.
Meriam Kharbat is a senior software engineer at Field Intelligence Inc.
Vihar Kurama is a machine learning engineer who writes regularly about data science.
Will Pearson is the co-founder and managing partner at Scalero, a platform and consultancy for email marketing. Prior to Scalero, he worked in a variety of roles at Target Corporation before joining Vivino, where he was responsible for launching its e-commerce business.
Joe Procopio is a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. He is currently the chief product officer at Spiffy, an on-demand vehicle care and maintenance startup. In 2015, he sold Automated Insights to Vista Equity Partners. In 2013, he sold ExitEvent to Capitol Broadcasting. Before that, he built Intrepid Media, the first social network for writers.
Omar Rabbolini is an entrepreneur, management consultant and personal coach with 20 years of experience in software engineering. He previously worked as VP of engineering at Divide, a startup acquired by Google, and as head of engineering at GoAnimate, now Vyond.
Lucas Simpson is a software developer from Toronto, Canada.
David Vandegrift is the co-founder and CTO of 4Degrees, a Chicago-based startup using AI to help professionals build stronger relationships. He is also the author of The Future of Business and regularly writes on AI, technology and relationship development.
David Wang is a product manager who takes a human-centered design approach when shipping a product. His current work involves developing and enriching the customer experience at Nordstrom (Trunk Club) throughout the native (mobile) app experience.
Ying Wang is a software polymath with professional experience in full-stack web development and data engineering. He’s currently on sabbatical.
Michael White is an assistant professor of genetics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In the lab, he works on developing biotechnologies and understanding the mechanics of gene regulation. He previously wrote a column for Pacific Standard.
Russ Wilcox is a partner at Pillar VC. He was previously the founder and CEO of E Ink, Transatomic Power, and Piper Therapeutics. He’s actively investing in AI/ML, digital health, synbio, quantum, robotics, 3D and other hard technologies. He is also a venture partner at the Harvard Rock Center and mentors student teams at the Harvard Innovation Lab.
Tony Yiu is a data scientist at Solovis.