SIMON YOUNG

Head of Development, TradeMe

Simon looks after Development and Test at Trade Me, supporting a team of more than seventy super-smart technical folk mostly located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. He also moonlights as a Product Owner on a couple of high-performing squads, and champions the company’s regular Fed Ex days.

Recruiting, growing and empowering world-class technical talent is critical to the success of a company like Trade Me. In the three years since Simon returned from the UK to join Trade Me, the team has doubled. Twice. He’ll talk about that a bit, and thoughts on what inspires smart people to ship code more than ten times a day.

Simon enjoys Agile, coffee and talking about himself in the third person.