Julia Grace

I'm the Head of Engineering at Tindie where I was the first employee and built the engineering team from the ground up (you can read about Tindie in WIRED and TechCrunch).

Prior to joining Tindie, I was CTO of WeddingLovely (a 500 Startups company), Product Manager at a mid-stage startup, VigLink, and a Research Engineer as part of one of the world's top User Experience Research groups at IBM Almaden Research.

I have a BS with Honors and MS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where my research focused on both distributed systems and human computer interaction.


I mentor and occasionally speak at the Hackbright Academy (10-week accelerated software development program designed to help women become awesome programmers).

I also mentor and coach women studying computer science at Stanford, Cal Poly, and my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Women I have mentored have accepted offers at companies such as Square, Buffer, GetSatisfaction, Trulia, Etsy, attended Hacker School and even started companies. If you are interested in this or looking for a software engineering job you can contact me, but first please read my Tips for Finding Software Engineering Jobs.

Startup Advising

Having been on the founding team of 2 startups, raised venture capital investment and grown an engineering team, I occasionally advise other female founders/CTOs on fundraising, hiring, technical decision making and other aspects of building a company. If you are interested in this, contact me. I also am an advisor to several startups, so if you are interested in having me sit on your advisory board, let's talk.

Philanthropic Involvement

I sit on the advisory board for the Computer History Museum. I am head of the Growth and Engagement Committee, where I lead the effort on use data to quantify and improve awareness about the museum among young professionals.

I have moderated and led panel discussions, as well as organized events in the museum's "Future History Makers" event series, which have included the founders of startups such as Uber, TaskRabbit, Eventbrite, AirBnB, Getaround, CloudFlare and many others.

Last but not least, I sit on the industry advisory board for the California Polytechnic State University's Computer Science Industry Advisory Board, helping to shape Computer Science curriculum for the next generations of engineers, and created a mentorship program connecting industry board members with women studying computer science.

Fun Facts

I am a former collegiate rower and avid runner; my favorite distance is the half-marathon. I still write code everyday (mostly in Python, but also JavaScript).

I am married to Luis Cheng-Guajardo and live in Silicon Valley, California.