For seeing the people behind the code
Kakul Srivastava has worked for a photo-sharing service (Flickr), a multiplayer game developer (Tiny Speck, which evolved into Slack), and a coworking juggernaut (WeWork). So when she signed on as product chief at code-sharing community GitHub in August 2015, it was only natural that she saw the challenges ahead as being as much about community as coding. Historically, GitHub users have been engineers working together on open-source projects, but Srivastava is rethinking its capabilities for the masses, in an era when everyone from farmers to animators is learning to program. She’s helped introduce such approachable features as word processor-style editing tools and easier ways for members to help others improve their code.