Innovators: Zappos Director of Engineering, Will Young

Will Young

Innovators. They come in many forms. They dream big but they aren’t just dreamers. They form raw ideas into cool products with disruptive business models. They shatter entire industries and leave established leviathans running scared with their tails between their legs. The Innovators interview series connects you with the most driven people on the planet. What makes them tick? What advice do they have for tech founders? What tools do they use to get the job done? Read on to find out. 

As the Director of Engineering, Will currently leads the San Francisco team, goaled with developing partnerships and building great products through experimentation, incubation, and off-roadmap projects. Will’s innovative and practical solutions fuel his passion for technology and interest in solving business problems. He is also one of the most prolific donut eaters in Zappos history (23 donuts in 20 minutes).

Prior to joining in 2010, Will gained over ten years of experience in creating great web experiences. He has worked as an independent consultant, as well as for leading organizations including Yodlee Corporation and Sapient Corporation. In these roles, Will played an integral role in designing and implementing large-scale enterprise applications, product management, scalable application development, process definition, direct client engagement, as well as plan and scope management.

Will has a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, ...

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