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Built In's Expert Contributor Network

Built In’s expert contributor section publishes thoughtful, solutions-oriented stories, commentary 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.

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Built In’s Expert Contributor Network

Our expert contributor section publishes thoughtful, solutions-oriented commentary and dispatches from innovators in the trenches at businesses — from local startups to multinational corporations — across the nation. This detailed, insider content informs and entertains 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.

Become a Contributor

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.

Our roster of contributors includes some of the biggest names in the tech industry, including former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Netflix co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph, LinkedIn co-founder and former CEO Reid Hoffman, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff, Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson, former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Spotify former Chief Economist Will Page, and a16z Partner Andrew Chen, among many others.

Why Should I Contribute?

The Built In network offers our experts an engaged audience of more than three million readers every month — the majority of which are mid- to senior-level technology professionals — on BuiltIn.com and our 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 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.

As you think about your own piece, here are some great examples from each area of expertise to guide your work.  

Content/Legal

These Small Changes in Interface Design Could Save You From Big Legal Headaches

How We Made a Movie by an AI Script Writer

Data + Analytics

Spreadsheet Organization Is All About Data Processing

Taking the Data Analyst Role Beyond ‘Data Janitorial Work’

Design + UX

Can Design Thinking Corner the Market on Our Attention Economy?

Emotion-Focused Design Is Your Sharpest Competitive Edge

Software Development + Engineering

A Software Engineer’s Job Satisfaction Is About More Than Just High Pay

When MVPs Hurt

Finance

Don’t Make This Easily Avoidable Mistake in Your Investor Pitch

When Should You Reach Out to VCs?

Marketing

The Rise of the Influencer CEO

Avoid Technical Jargon When Writing About a Product

Operations

Why Startups Make Major Pivots Before They Succeed

Why Your Startup Should Avoid Corporate Partnerships at Seed Stage

Product/Project Management

What Are Survival Metrics? How Do They Work?

How to Survive a Crisis, According to Eventbrite’s CEO

Sales

Forget B2B and B2C. The Real Startup Money Is in B2X.

Customer-Led Growth Is the Future of B2B Software Sales

If our team is interested in your story, they’ll be in touch.

Expert Columnists

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.

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Rahul Agarwal is a senior data scientist with Meta.

Vikas Agrawal is a start-up investor and co-founder of the Infographic design agency Infobrandz.com. He is also a research analyst and strategic marketing consultant. Vikas advises and plans the visual marketing campaigns for medium-to-large-sized companies and has worked globally across multiple industries including retail, financial services, logistics, manufacturing, telecom and pharmaceuticals to deploy effective strategic marketing plans and methodologies. He is also a writer on technology, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Bushra Anjum has a Ph.D. in computer science and expertise in statistical analysis, predictive modeling, distributed systems engineering, and distributed data processing. She has been recognized by Tribune as a Top 20 under 40 Professional. Dr. Anjum is currently serving as a senior analytics manager at Doximity.

Nick Babich is a UX architect and writer with more than 15 years of experience in the field of product design.

Olivia Belitsky is a fintech and e-commerce product manager based in Boston.

Marianne Bellotti is the principal engineer and engineering manager at Rebellion Defense.

Kate Brodock is CEO of Women 2.0 and founding partner of W Fund.

Rubens Cantuni is an Emmy-awarded digital product designer, currently working as UX design manager for one of the world’s biggest tech companies.

Przemek Chojecki has a Ph.D. in mathematics and was named on a Forbes 30 under 30 list. He runs Contentyze, a content generation platform.

Jason Cottrell is CEO of Myplanet.

Brandon Edenfield is managing director of app modernization at Advanced.

David Finkelstein is co-founder and CEO of BDEX. He is an internet pioneer, tech entrepreneur and founder of numerous internet companies dating back to 1994.

Anthony Franklin is the VP of Sales at Curate, an SaaS platform that automates the tedious parts of event planning. He serves as a consultant and an advisor to high-growth SaaS startups.

Billy Frazier is a writer and tech consultant who has explored the trifecta of tech careers: freelancing, founding and full-time consulting. He is currently a senior consultant at Slalom.

Samuel Garcia is a senior associate at Amplo, a venture capital fund. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is a legal tech contributor to Law.com.

Peter Grant is a building energy efficiency expert at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who teaches the skills needed to excel at scientific research.

Benjamin Goldman is director of InVision films.

Hailley Griffis is the head of public relations at Buffer and a co-host of the MakeWorkWork podcast. She writes about remote work, public relations and career progression.

Tiffany Hale is a UX designer.

Edward Hearn has a Ph.D. in economics and works at Resolution Economics. Most of his career has been in workforce analytics and human capital modeling.

Russ Heddleston is the head of commercial for DocSend at Dropbox.

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.

Artturi Jalli is CEO and co-founder at Nodesk and founder of Codingem.

Karan Kanwar is the head of engineering at Wing.

Zack Kertcher is a clinical assistant professor at Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an accomplished data scientist, instructor and thought leader with an extensive record of directing, designing and executing large-scale data projects.

Meriam Kharbat is a senior software engineer at Field Intelligence Inc.

Mark Kinsella is the VP of engineering at Opendoor.

Eric Kleppen is a software product analyst II at Infinite Campus.

Will Koehrsen is a full stack data scientist at Wärtsilä.

Vihar Kurama is a machine learning engineer who writes about data science.

David McFarlane is a board member and instructor for the MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge and venture partner of VC firm Companyon Ventures.

Sara A. Metwalli is a Ph.D. student researching Quantum Computing at Keio University in Tokyo. She is a content writer for SheCanCode and Lead for Women Who Code.

Manav Mital is CEO of Cyral.

Artem Oppermann is a research engineer at BTC Embedded Systems.

Parul Pandey is a data scientist at Weights & Biases and a Kaggle grandmaster.

Charna Parkey is a data science lead at Kaskada and has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Will Pearson is the co-founder and managing partner at Scalero, a platform and consultancy for email marketing.

David Ryan Polgar is an international speaker and expert regarding tech ethics, content moderation and how emerging technology is changing what it means to be human. He is the founder of All Tech Is Human and a founding member of TikTok’s content advisory council.

Joe Procopio is a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. He’s currently leading product at GetSpiffy and is the founder at Teaching Startup. Exits include Automated Insights and ExitEvent.

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.

Karen Rhorer is director of strategy and analytics at Twilio.

Tissa Richards is a technology entrepreneur who has founded and invested in software companies and holds over a dozen patents.

Leia Ruseva is the co-founder of EllisX.

Jye Sawtell-Rickson is a data scientist at Meta.

Zach Servideo is chief growth officer at Value Creation Labs, founder and host of Boston Speaks Up, and entrepreneur-in-residence at Endicott College’s Angle Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Vikas Solegaonkar is a technical manager at Tech Mahindra. 

Mitchell Telatnik is an associate security consultant at Insight. 

Jack Theis is a partner at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP and a former associate White House counsel and Department of Justice trial lawyer.

Adam Thomas is the managing director of Approaching One. You can also read his work in his biweekly Substack newsletter and daily tidbits of product advice on Twitter and Instagram.

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.

Nancy Wang is the general manager of backup and data protection services at Amazon Web Services.

Ying Wang is a software polymath with professional experience in full-stack web development and data engineering.

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.

Russ Wilcox is a partner at Pillar VC and a venture partner at the Harvard Rock Center who mentors student teams at the Harvard Innovation Lab. He was previously the founder and CEO of E Ink, Transatomic Power, and Piper Therapeutics.

Casey Winters is CPO at Eventbrite and a partner at Reforge.

Tony Yiu is the director of quant R&D at Solovis.

Julia Zolotarev is a software engineer at JupiterOne. 

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