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Aug 16, 2022

Daniel Danker Joins Andela Board of Directors

New York. 16.08.2022. Andela, the global marketplace for remote technical talent, announced today the appointment of Daniel Danker to the board of directors, effective 9th August 2022. The news follows Daniel’s recent promotion to Chief Product Officer at Instacart.

An experienced executive with a proven track record of driving product success, Daniel currently oversees product strategy, direction, and consumer experience for Instacart. In the last year, he has driven dozens of product launches, including Instacart+, Instacart Platform, Priority Delivery, and the Cart Star program. Daniel will support Andela with their product-led strategy as a board member, using his deep product and marketplace experience.

Michael Starkenburg, Andela’s Chief Product and Technology Officer, said: “Few people have Daniel’s depth of knowledge about scaling a marketplace product. It takes real-world experience to hit the needs of both sides of a market, and I’m excited to learn from Daniel’s time at Instacart and Uber as we perfect the dynamics of the Andela Talent Marketplace”. Starkenburg, who joined Andela earlier this year, has himself helped many multisided marketplaces navigate hypergrowth, including Zocdoc, GoStudent, Udemy, HackerOne, and many others.

Jeremy Johnson, CEO, and co-founder of Andela said: “Andela is uniquely suited to define the future of work, and I am thrilled to bring both Michael and Daniel’s significant product experience to our team. Not only does Daniel offer extensive marketplace insight which will allow us to provide more value to our customers, but deepening our relationship with technology will ensure more rapid and sustainable growth. Our expertise is in helping companies to build remote engineering teams efficiently, and it is invaluable to have both Daniel and Michael support us as we accelerate towards the next generation of global workforce.”

Andela is a global talent network that connects companies with vetted, remote technical talent in emerging markets. Launched in 2014, hundreds of leading companies, including GitHub, Goldman Sachs, and Cloudflare, leverage Andela to scale their engineering teams quickly and cost-effectively. Following the launch of its new platform and rebrand, the company, already known for its focus on high-quality global engineering talent from over 100 countries, uses data-driven technology and algorithms to make smart match recommendations instantly.

Daniel Danker, Chief Product Officer at Instacart, said: “Andela has been at the forefront of connecting brilliance with opportunities at scale and has built a strong and highly experienced executive leadership team, with whom I’m excited to connect and collaborate. Andela is exceptionally well-positioned to unlock human potential globally, build globally relevant and scalable products alongside its global, borderless community of technical talent, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to support the team at such a pivotal time.”

Before joining Instacart, Daniel was instrumental in defining the strategy and roadmap for Uber Eats across consumers, delivery people, and restaurants. Prior to his role at Uber Eats, he led the Uber Driver product team, focusing on the millions of drivers on their platform. Daniel was previously the Product Director for ‘Video at Facebook’, launching products such as Facebook Live and Facebook Watch, and was previously Chief Product Officer of Shazam, where he sat on their executive board and led the expansion of their role in music.

Daniel joins ten other board members and advisors, including:

  • Jeremy Johnson
  • Julia Gillard [Chair Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education],
  • Laurie Hodrick [Audit Chair, Roku],
  • Lydia Jett [Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers],
  • Alex Finkelstein [General Partner, Spark Capital],
  • Joseph Kim [CTO, SolarWinds],
  • Sheel Tye [Founder and CEO, Amplo],
  • Vivian Wu [Managing Partner, Ventures, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative],
  • Anthony Woolf [Partner, London Growth, Equity Strategy]
  • Angela Du [Investment Director, SoftBank Investment Advisors].

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