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About Sandy Jen

Sandy Jen is the co founder of Meebo.

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2016 Bay Area CIO of the Year Innovation/Transportation winner: A conversation with Honor’s Sandy Jen

Jul 1, 2016

Sandy Jen Co-founder and head of technology, Honor | Year joined company: 2015 |… more Todd Johnson | San Francisco Business Times Sandy Jen , the winner in the Innovation/Transportation category in our 2016 Bay Area CIO of the Year Awards, shares her thoughts on her impact, her priorities and how she strikes a balance between information sharing and information security. What do you feel has been your biggest impact/success at this company? Honor's product is its workforce of amazing care professionals. All the technology we build is to ensure that a wonderful human being is able to care for an older adult who needs help, and that the interaction between them is of the highest quality. I'm most proud of the team I've helped build because we've been able to completely transform the way home care operates, while keeping Honor a service company first and foremost. Folks at Honor come from all walks of life and very non-traditional Silicon Valley backgrounds -- without that kind of diversity, we could not be as successful. Sandy Jen Co-founder and head of technology, Honor | Year joined company: 2015 |… more Todd Johnson | San Francisco Business Times What are your top three priorities for 2016-2017? This year will be a year of more growth and learning. My first priority is to continue finding the best talent — folks who can help us achieve our mission of changing the way we care for our parents. Secondly, continue to create and innovate on systems and infrastructure that will help us grow and expand even faster, in a sustainable and efficient manner. My third, but not last, priority is to make sure Honor reaches the folks that need it. How do you strike a balance between information sharing and information security? Honor's business has its foundation rooted in trust. Customers trust Honor to keep their information safe and only use it in a way that helps them get the best care possible. We are transparent and open with customers and Care Professionals about what data is shared and not shared. Our software is HIPAA compliant so clients and partners know we take security seriously. How do you predict your company will be different in two years, and how do you see yourself shaping that change? Honor will be helping older adults in many new cities. I predict we will be successful in “modernizing” the home care industry — in leveraging technology to streamline processes and lead to improved care. In two years, the caregivers who perform such an important job of caring for our loved ones will be able to build stable careers where they are given respect and ability to improve their own lives so they can focus on doing their jobs well. I predict Honor can be part of healthcare reform, by providing the type of care that leads to better outcomes for patients recovering from hospital stays or those who simply want to age in place as they grow older — with joy, dignity and grace. How do you keep up with new technology news and trends? I like meeting with other entrepreneurs who are taking risks and solving for problems connected to improving lives. I also chat with students who are passionate about new trends and opportunities. My co-founders and I often discuss and debate the latest trends — they are a smart group who pretty much curate the most interesting articles, blogs, and research and expect me to do the same. What is the single biggest issue standing in the way of you as a CIO in achieving your objectives? Time! There is always so much to do, many problems to solve, many folks to talk to. There is an urgency to our mission and it's something that drives everyone on the team, especially the leaders. As a more experienced entrepreneur, I'm very cognizant of balance and pace... Honor is a marathon not a sprint. It's important to be able to see the big picture while keeping my finger on the pulse of the day to day. What are the fastest-growing skills in demand in information technology? For technologists who are designing systems to keep a business moving or developing products it’s not enough to be up to date on the hottest systems and programming languages. The skills that differentiate great tech talent are the “human” ones — I look for people who are great at understanding the human condition. Do you know how to design and develop a product experience for a woman over the age of 65? Do you understand how to implement and troubleshoot systems that are as diverse as the people who use them? Are you passionate about the mission? Cybercriminals are getting better and better at what they do, and a recent report from CloudPassage revealed that out of the top 10 computer science programs in the U.S., not a single program requires a cybersecurity course to graduate. How can this gap in trained cybersecurity professionals be filled? Just like writing code that is well structured and maintainable, security is something that engineers should incorporate into the way they think and design software. There's always a balance that needs to be met, tradeoffs that need to be thought through, and smart decisions that can be made if folks have the right perspectives. Awareness is the best medicine. What is your can’t-do-without technology? Anything communication-related, I rely heavily on constant contact with my team! What keeps you up at night? Most nights, it's my newborn! But on nights that I have a good stretch of sleep, I think about how to grow Honor as fast as I can ... building the right team, innovating on the right things, not making the same mistakes twice. Lynn Peithman Stock is Special Projects Editor of the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She oversees SVBJ's special sections. Related Content

Sandy Jen Investments

1 Investments

Sandy Jen has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in HipChat as part of their Angel on August 8, 2010.

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Sandy Jen Investments Activity

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Amount

New?

Co-Investors

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8/19/2010

Angel

HipChat

$0.1M

Yes

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8/19/2010

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Angel

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HipChat

Amount

$0.1M

New?

Yes

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Sources

Sandy Jen Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Sandy Jen has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was HipChat on March 07, 2012.

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3/7/2012

Acquired

$99M

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3/7/2012

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Acquired

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$99M

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