Adrian McDermott

Adrian McDermott, Zendesk

Since 2010, Adrian has led Zendesk’s product management and engineering teams, constantly creating new paths for product innovation and development. As the company’s chief technology officer, he is currently responsible for defining its long-term strategic product direction that will shape the future of customer service. He also helps guide the company’s global customers on how to enhance their customer experience to create better relationships.

Previously, Adrian served as chief technical officer at Attributor, where he managed web-crawling and content-identification systems for text, video, and images. He was the first engineer hired by Plumtree Software, and remained with the company through its IPO and subsequent acquisition by BEA. Adrian has been actively involved on the boards of Mandiant, Be My Eyes, and Street Soccer USA and is an advisor to Chainlink Labs as well many startups through Y Combinator. He is also an active angel investor in startups including Netlify,, and Doppler.