I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Raghavendra Prabhu (RVP) as Chief Technology Officer. A senior leader at Thumbtack for the past 3.5 years, he currently leads our engineering, IT, business applications, and data science teams. One of the most broadly talented individuals that I know, RVP is deeply technical, customer oriented, ambitious, and impact driven. But, what I value most is his ability to make everyone around him better.
During his career, RVP has worked at some of the most innovative technology companies in the world – Microsoft, Google, Twitter, and Pinterest. At each, he helped build great search across different categories with different challenges at scale.
When considering his own startup in the local services space, RVP came for an interview at Thumbtack. He was fixated on the same problem – why is it so hard to hire a plumber? Seeing our collective passion for this challenge and our technology-driven approach, RVP opted to join forces. I’m grateful he decided to come aboard, bringing with him his many talents alongside an infectious passion and positivity.
In RVP’s first year at Thumbtack, we made the decision as a company to rebuild from the ground up – changing everything from the customer experience and business model to the underlying technology stack. RVP led our engineering teams in rearchitecting Thumbtack’s infrastructure, building new AI models that could scale to instantly make matches in more than 1,000 categories. As a result, customer engagement and usage of Thumbtack are stronger than ever.
Looking ahead, we will build on this strong foundation and his teams will continue to push the experience to new heights – all with an eye towards helping people hire an electrician or local mover as easily as buying a book.
RVP has helped grow our engineering organization from a small group to nearly 200 team members. We’re just getting started. To learn more, visit https://www.thumbtack.com/careers/