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Interviews with the world’s leading engineering managers - so we can learn from their experience and ideas.

Aug 27, 2018

Zak Stengel is the SVP of Engineering at The Trade Desk, which is a global technology company that provides a platform for advertisers to reach target audiences across any device in real time.

Since 2013, Zak has led The Trade Desk’s Engineering team through massive growth, from a single team of 8 people to a global organization of nearly 200 across 12 offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. In this time, the team has driven a technological expansion to a scaled platform that now services more queries than searches by Google, tweets by Twitter, and snaps by Snapchat – combined.  

Zak is most proud of the fact that this has all been achieved while maintaining an agile culture based on trust, connection, and empathy, where every team member works closely across geographic and functional lines to ship product to our clients, every single week.

Depending on how you count, Zak has between 15 and 30 years of experience as a professional software developer and technology leader.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Throughout his career, he has always been the happiest when he is making others better.