About Lance Willett

As a leader, I combine 15+ years of experience in the open-source free software community with the desire to cultivate a culture of quality and innovation. A culture of purpose for people around the world to do their best work together.

As head of product and technology for Tumblr at Automattic, I lead both strategy and execution across 150+ people working in product management, engineering, data science, software testing, and internationalization. Before Tumblr, I held a similar role for WordPress.com and Jetpack, contributing to both user and revenue growth for the flagship app used daily by millions of bloggers and site owners. As an early employee at Automattic, I’ve led teams at each stage of the company’s strong growth, from launching 300+ WordPress themes and a theme marketplace to redefining the new user experience on our flagship web application. I’ve scaled product and engineering teams from 50 people to over 1,500 across ten years.

Born and raised in Mexico, I earned my BA in French & Spanish from the University of Arizona.

See also Lance on the Go for photos and links on-the-go, and follow me on Tumblr and Twitter.

At a Glance

SpeakingProductCon September 2021, keynote speaker. Topic: Your First 90 Days: Listen, Learn and Act.
PressTumblr Introduces Paid Subscription Tool to Woo Younger Bloggers, Wall Street Journal, July 2021.
Board / AdvisorTribe Labs, Inc. Advisor to CEO on technical, product, business, and team/organizational design. July 2021—present.
Board / MentorShareOrb, Brain.fm, ChiselStrike, and Featureform, and various others.

Startup or scaleup founder? Contact me for details on how I can help you grow your team and business effectively.
Podcast / InterviewPath Into Product with Aaron Airmet and Ashley Roberts (episode 13, October 18, 2021)

Remote Leadership at Tumblr on PM for the Masses with Cesar Abeid (episode 137, September 2021)

The Muse: “Meet the Chief Product & Technology Officer, Tumblr an employee at Automattic.”

Soon: Turing.com Distinguished Leader Series

More to come…

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