Real Stories Written by Real Tech Professionals
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.
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.
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Rahul Agarwal is a senior data scientist with WalmartLabs.
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.
Nick Babich is a UX architect and writer with more than 15 years of experience in the field of product design.
Deborah Bone is a partner at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP. Bone counsels clients on a broad range of regulatory issues, including data privacy matters.
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.
Peter Evans is the former CTO of Built In.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vihar Kurama is a machine learning engineer who writes about data science.
Manav Mital is CEO of Cyral.
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.
Tissa Richards is a technology entrepreneur who has founded and invested in software companies and holds over a dozen patents.
Adam Thomas is the managing director of Approaching One, a firm that helps companies and product managers find alignment using tools and strategies that he’s learned running product teams in SaaS, finance and AI.
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.
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.
Tony Yiu is the director of quant R&D at Solovis.
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