We want to help you have better relationships at work and do the best work of your lives.
Our team is building a digital coach to help every boss become a great one.
Kim Scott is a co-founder of Candor, Inc. Kim is the author of a book called Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity, to be published by St Martin’s Press in March 2017. Kim has been an advisor at Dropbox, Kurbo, Qualtrics, ReelGoodApp, Rolltape, Shyp, Twitter, and several other Silicon Valley companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google. Known for her ability to generate billions of dollars in revenue from millions of small customers while keeping her team happy and margins high, her unofficial title was High Priestess of the Long Tail. Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at Delta Three and Capital Thinking. Earlier in her career, Kim worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. She is the author of three novels; she and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins.
Russ Laraway is a co-founder of Candor, Inc. Russ has had a diverse 22 year management career. He was a Company Commander in the Marine Corps before starting his first company, Pathfinders. From there Russ went to the Wharton School, and then onto Google and Twitter. Over that span, Russ has managed 700 person teams and $700M businesses facing a vast array leadership challenges along the way.
Now co-founder of Candor, Russ is bringing all of that operational leadership experience to the table for the benefit of our customers.
Matt is a software engineer helping bring Candor’s products to life. Prior to Candor, Matt led the Search team at Palantir. He enjoys mobile development and evangelizes React Native and Firebase.
John is a serial entrepreneur that equally loves leadership, management, and technology. Prior to Candor, John co-founded a construction software startup, co-founded a molecular biology startup, worked at Adobe Systems for 20 years, and worked at Apple Computer during the late 1980s.
Head of Product
Howie leads product management for Candor. Before joining Candor, he was Director of Product Management at the Wikimedia Foundation and PM at PayPal and Rhapsody. Learning to be a manager was both tough and rewarding for him, and he’d like to help others by lessening the pain and increasing the rewards.
Elisse leads Candor’s marketing efforts. Before joining Candor, she managed digital marketing, demand gen and design teams in the cybersecurity industry. She wishes Candor, Inc. had existed when she first became a manager to help her navigate the challenges.
Robert is a developer using his coding wizardry to transform the vision and philosophies of Candor into actionable software. Before joining Candor, he worked in a microbiology lab, ran datacenters, and built custom software.
TJ is a self described “Jack of all trades” software engineer who thrives at wearing his PM hat. A former developer on the Amazon FireTV, he plans to leverage his experience launching products and services at scale as well his customer obsessive attitude to help bring the Candor products to fruition.
We are lucky to have an amazing group of people backing us.
Key investors and advisors:
Dr. Shona Brown
Chair of the Board
Shona Brown joined Google’s executive team in 2003. She served as SVP of Business Operations, led Google’s technology for social impact efforts, and was an advisor to the company. She now spends her time as a board member and advisor to several companies, including a portfolio of technology start-ups and several non-profit organizations.
Michael Dearing is the Founder of Harrison Metal. He has been a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. Prior to founding Harrison Metal, he spent six-and-a-half years at eBay, leading teams in category management, corporate strategy, U.S. marketing, and finally as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager for eBay.com
Aileen Lee is Founding and Managing Partner at Cowboy Ventures. Prior to Cowboy, she was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), where she worked hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies. She was also founding CEO of RMG Networks, the leading digital out-of-home media company, backed by KPCB.
Hunter Walk is a Partner at Homebrew. He previously led consumer product management at YouTube, starting when it was acquired by Google. He originally joined Google in 2003, managing product and sales efforts for AdSense, Google‘s contextual advertising business. He was a founding member at Linden Lab, creators of Second Life.