“Grow your role enough so that when you hire your replacement, they’re 10x as good as you.”

I first heard that that definition of entrepreneurial success from Tom Kalil, one of President Obama’s top advisors on tech, shortly after I joined the administration. This philosophy of building teams was key to my early conversations with Eric when I came to Mapbox two years ago as our first in-house counsel. Today, legal at Mapbox is a team of three — and I’m now thrilled to welcome Sai Sriskandarajah to lead this team as VP of Legal. Sai is going to take our legal work to the next level, reporting directly to Eric as part of the executive team.

Sai with his daughter

Sai joins us from Twitter, where he led the data licensing legal team. Before that, he was General Counsel at Peel Technologies, on the technology transactions teams at Intel and Gunderson Dettmer, and a litigator at Clifford Chance. Somewhere in between all of this, Sai got a master’s in digital art and design at NYU.

As for me, I’m transitioning into my new role as VP of Data, supporting our teams to source the best data in the world for our platform; whether that’s increasing our investment in open communities, sourcing directly from governments, or engaging in strategic partnerships.

Welcome to Mapbox, Sai!