Spoken, Not Stirred

Derek Parham

As the dust settles on a historical election season and people continue to comb through all of the factors that lead to its results – one thing remains top of mind: the role of digital. Derek Parham, who acted as Deputy CTO of the Hillary Clinton campaign, offers some behind-the-scenes insights into the most internet-centric campaign to date; his integral role within the digital team which operated much like a well-funded startup. Over bourbon at Fool’s Gold in New York City he recounts his trajectory leading to this very unique role – starting with software development with his dad in the basement of his family’s Bedford, MA home to helping create Google’s suite of apps, to his startup trials and errors. It’s an experience that exemplifies tenacity and one that certainly gets our vote.

What You’ll Learn:

- The value of learning all parts of the digital product process.

- Why sometimes leaving a job without another lined up can be the best way to find the next opportunity.

- The many unexpected pitfalls of tech-adoption within the political realm.