Dick Brouwer is a technology executive and serial entrepreneur based in the Bay Area. Currently he is working on backtick.com (next-gen agile project management) and advising companies on strategy, team building, and technical architecture.
Previously he was the VP of Engineering at Stella.ai - the first Shared Talent Network in the world, which uses artificial intelligence to network recruiting teams across top companies. Stella is an audacious idea and came to life with the support of 100 large enterprises (including 50 of the Fortune 500), $25 million in funding top investors, and a truly world-class team who fight each day to make it happen.
Before Stella, Dick was a Sr Director of Engineering at TripAdvisor where he built the mobile team in both Palo Alto and Boston (HQ) from scratch to over 50 engineers. He led the engineering teams which launched the native iOS and Android apps, growing them to 325mln downloads, and scaled their APIs and web infrastructure to support over 350mln MAUs. The mobile efforts were hugely successful, with mobile traffic now surpassing desktop. As the head of the 50-person Palo Alto office, which included product managers, designers, and engineers, he led the efforts to build TripAdvisor’s location-based recommendation engine (Travel Timeline) in the cloud, moving away from their existing data centers, allowing them to grow to a petabyte-scale infrastructure.
In 2011 he co-founded Tiny Post which acquired by TripAdvisor in 2013 and founded several other successful startups before that. He holds an MBA from Stanford and an MSc Aerospace Engineering from Delft University. He originally hails from The Netherlands.
You can reach me at dick[at]dickbrouwer[dot]com for questions, advice, or consulting requests.