Fireside Chat with April Underwood and Dean Rich Lyons

April Underwood, FTMBA 07, Vice President of Product, Slack; and Rich Lyons, BS 82, Dean, Berkeley-Haas

As part of several of the fastest growing technology companies in the world — Google, Twitter and Slack — and the creator of her own angel investing arm, learn what Berkeley-Haas’ April Underwood thinks about leadership and culture in tech firms as well as the future of work and the enterprise tech economy.

April Underwood, FTMBA 07, is VP of Product at Slack, where she oversees product vision and strategy. April also drives key growth initiatives, including the development of platform products, partnerships, API integrations, and developer relations.

A technology industry veteran, prior to Slack April was at Twitter for nearly five years. During this time, she was part of Twitter’s growth from groundbreaking startup to IPO, and led the development and launch of both the Tweet Button and Twitter API. April also managed strategic partnerships with Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.

Prior to joining Twitter, April was a product manager and software engineer at Travelocity and a senior partner technology manager at Google.

April has an MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at Berkeley, is a co-founder of #Angels—an angel-round investment group consisting entirely of former and current female Twitter executives. She was named one Fortune’s “40 Under 40,” as well as one of the “Most Creative People of 2015” by Fast Company magazine.


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