Ep. 039: Everett Harper Unplugged

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Episode 039 features Everett Harper, the CEO and Co-Founder of Truss. Truss builds software and infrastructure to help companies and public agencies scale and modernize digital services. They apply expertise in human-centered design, engineering, product, infrastructure, and security to clients such as healthcare.gov, Nuna and DOD-Transcom, enabling them to deliver impactful, sustainable products and services to over 20 million customers and end users.

Everett’s expertise is in customer development, combining behavior research and ethnography to define winning products and services. Before Truss, Everett worked at innovative companies in technology like Linden Lab (maker of Second Life) as well as social impact, like Self-Help CDFI. Everett started his career at Bain & Co, a top strategy consulting firm. He is a board member of CARE.org and the Center for Advancement of Social Enterpreneurship (CASE) at Duke Fuqua School of Business.

Everett graduated from Stanford University (MBA, M.Ed) and Duke University (BSEE, Biomedical Engineering), where he was an A.B. Duke Scholar. Everett won the NCAA National Championship in soccer, the first in any sport in Duke’s history. He was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019.

Everett has written for Forbes, Fortune and Techcrunch, and has been a featured speaker at conferences such as O’Reilly Velocity Conference, Dent, Techstars, Dreamforce, and Women 2.0.

Everett lives in Oakland, CA, making limoncello when life hands him lemons.

On this episode Everett & I discuss:

  • His journey as a tech entrepreneur
  • How to get your diversity numbers up
  • Great advice about how to get on a board

& much more!

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Mentioned On This Episode:


Everett Harper Care.Org Board

SV Academy

Why Can’t Soap Dispenser Recognize Black Hands

Weak Ties Matter, Techcrunch, 2015

Move to the Edge, Declare it Center, Dent the Future Conference, 2016

Infrastructure First (excerpt), O’Reilly Velocity Keynote, 2019

Still a Leader, Still a Target, Forbes, 2019

Truss Distributed Playbook, (downloadable PDF), 2020

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