Brenda Jin

I'm an entrepreneur, software engineer, and non-profit board member.

I'm the founder of Guanyin Labs, a company that's helping employees reach their full potential. Before Guanyin Labs, I taught myself to code in 2013 and became a Senior UI Developer at, then a Staff Engineer at Slack.

My leadership in technology centers on the customer and user. I designed and built the DLP and eDiscovery products for Slack's first enterprise product. At, I led the prototyping and development of the first responsive tablet-optimized browse experience and first web-based responsive checkout experience.

As a Board Member for Girl Develop It, I am proud to guide an organization that empowers thousands of women and non-binary adults with software skills every month. In this role, I led strategic planning, recruited and added new board directors, and advised on staffing strategy and executive compensation.

Under my leadership, the San Francisco chapter of Girl Develop It grew from 2000 to 9100 members and over 40 software development workshops and events per year. Together with a team of chapter leaders, teachers, and teaching assistants, we transformed the chapter from in-debt to $30,000+ annual revenue.

I write about work and software design. I'm a co-author of Designing Web APIs (O'Reilly). Check out my popular posts Technical Leadership: Getting Started and Not Technical Enough: What Does That Mean?.

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