Erica Brescia
1 Hour Video

Fireside Chat With Erica Brescia, Chief Operating Officer at Github

Erica Brescia is a master at getting things done. During her days as Co-founder of Bitnami, her leadership across operations, partnerships, and sales drove levels of efficiency and growth that enabled the startup to remain mostly bootstrapped. Now as GitHub’s COO, she’s applying her skills as an ops leader in a large, global, fast-paced environment—starting in the role just eight months before the pandemic hit.

In this conversation moderated by Richard Dulude, Underscore VC Co-founder and Partner, Erica shares key lessons learned on building a support network as a founder, hiring the right talent for a specific startup environment, leading teams in a remote world, highly effective cross-company communication, and the ever-evolving nature of the COO role at a high-growth tech company. Plus, as an Open Source enthusiast, she shares insights on the state of the community and the future of the space.


This event was a part of our Core Collective Series, a string of events aimed at uncovering and sharing collective learnings from the Underscore Core community.

Want more Core Collective Series insights? Learn about the future of ethical AI with Affectiva’s Co-founder and CEO, Rana el Kaliouby. Or, if you’re an experience design enthusiast, you may want to watch back our chat with Des Traynor, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Intercom.