The OKR Podcast

Hosted by Deidre Paknad, WorkBoard CEO

Leadership & OKRs Fuel Growth, with Chris Cravens, former CIO of Zynga and Uber

Chris Cravens, former CIO of Zynga and Uber as well as former VP, Software Engineering for Splunk shares what he learned about OKRs from Zynga, his passion for clarity, and how servant leadership leads to better business outcomes. Chris is one of few people who has ridden three high growth rockets — his lessons are worth learning, including how ruthless prioritization helps people thrive as fast growth companies scale.

About Chris Cravens
Chris Cravens is a technology executive who has built, scaled, and transformed global teams for some of the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley. Currently on Sabbatical, Chris is investing in family, health, and wellness while considering what’s next.

Through Chris’ career, he’s had the opportunity to build and scale teams in some of the fastest growing companies in the Valley, including building multiple technology and operations teams at Uber as the company was doubling quarterly, heading IT at Zynga through the explosion of Farmville and the rise of social gaming, and leading transformation at Splunk as they scaled from $800M to over $2B in revenue.

Chris is a practitioner of Servant Leadership and OKRs management, seeking always to bring greater understanding of purpose and a clear vision of success. Mentorship, coaching, and personal development give Chris’ great joy and he enjoys working with emerging leaders.

When not building, advising, or investing in companies, Chris enjoys time with his family, cooking, and playing music.

About Deidre Paknad
Deidre Paknad has founded and led three tech startups, acquired companies and been acquired, and led a high-growth business as an executive at IBM for several years; this affords her a unique perspective on using both speed and scale to drive growth. In her role as CEO at WorkBoard, she works with senior leadership teams at some of the world’s largest companies to clarify, align, and drive strategic priorities with greater speed and agility. She is a frequent speaker on Outcome Mindset™ and tapping into ambition.

Deidre has over a dozen patents and has twice been inducted into the Smithsonian Institution for innovation. Goldman Sachs named her one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2019. Deidre hosts The OKR Podcast, which focuses on accelerating outcomes and fostering an outcomes culture.

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