Episode 13

#13 How Does Diversity Impact Team Culture? Tami Reiss, Nikki Kuritsky, and Allessandra McGinnis on Diversity and Building Team Culture

How does diversity help startups build great products? This week on BroadMic Bonus Cuts, listen to Tami Reiss, Nikki Kuritsky, and Allessandra McGinnis on…

  • Why diverse hiring is important to building a world class team and product
  • Their practical tips on managing diverse teams
  • The core engineering hires you need for your startup
  • What agile means in layman’s terms
  • Choosing the computing language you need to launch your business


Lean Case Study: Just Not Sorry by Tami Reiss, Medium

Additional Reading

How Do You Define Startup Culture? by Corey McAveeney, Wired

Startups Are Personal: Focus On Company Culture by Mary Juetten, Forbes

80% of Your Culture is Your Founder First Round Review

Diversity debt: how much does your startup have? by Andrea Barrica, 500 Startups

Do Tech Startups Need More Diversity? Tell Me More, NPR

It’s Time to Innovate Inclusion… The #ProjectDiane Report is Here by Kathryn Finney, Medium

The tech industry’s “diversity” focus favors one group over pretty much any other by Erica Joy, Quartz

Women and Minorities Are Penalized for Promoting Diversity by Stefanie K. Johnson and David R. Hekman, Harvard Business Review

We’re Making the Wrong Case for Diversity in Silicon Valley by Todd L. Pittinsky, Harvard Business Review

What does being Agile mean to you? Quora

Choosing the Right Programming Language for Your Startup by AWS Startups, Medium

Guest bios & transcripts are available on www.broadmic.com.


Allessandra McGinnis

ALLESSANDRA MCGINNIS - Allessandra is currently a product manager at Autodesk on their Spark 3D Printing platform. She focuses on making it easier to automatically customize products to be manufactured by a variety of 3D printers. Previously, Allessandra was a product manager at Shapeways, the largest 3D printing service and marketplace, where she was responsible for envisioning and executing the product roadmap for the easy customization and visualization of 3D printed products. Before moving to New York City, she was at Microsoft building Bing’s developer platform and integrating Bing’s nascent technologies such as natural voice recognition into Xbox and other consumer products. Originally a Chicago native, she graduated from the University of Michigan magna cum laude with a degree in materials science and engineering.

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NIKKI KURITSKY - is a senior product leader with over 10 years of experience developing successful, consumer-centric products and bringing them to market with close attention to schedule, quality and user experience. She is passionate about creating products that solve customer pain points and delight the user in unexpected ways.

In her current role as VP of Product at Shutterstock, Nikki is responsible for defining strategy and leading the product team to drive innovations that enable a market place for creative business professionals to find the highest quality content. Previously, Nikki was the VP of Product Development at Christie's auction house and held various positions in the entertainment and publishing industries, overseeing product teams at Viacom and Rodale. Nikki is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Columbia University Publishing Course. In her down time, Nikki is an active runner, foodie and world traveler. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and son.

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TAMI REISS - Tami leads the Cyrus team to deliver great results for our clients. She focuses on ensuring that Cyrus is a great development partner, guiding clients through tough times and helping them grow. She is an experienced product person who has worked with dozens of companies of all sizes to bring their products and services to market. Over the past 10 years, Tami has worked with teams to develop technology solutions on platforms ranging from mainframe systems to modern microservice architectures and iOS. She is a public advocate for Agile development, Lean strategies, and cross team collaboration to accomplish business goals. Prior to joining Cyrus, Tami was a Sr. Product Manager at Pivotal Labs where she consulted with companies on employing best practices to turn good ideas into great products. Tami introduced the Female Founder initiative to Cyrus. She provides pro-bono product strategy guidance to help women led and community profit organizations. In her free time she chairs a charity bike ride, volunteers for different women in tech organizations, and is trying to visit 50 countries and all 50 states by the time she’s 40.

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