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Everett Harper

Everett Harper

CEO + Founder, Truss

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Everett is the CEO and co-founder of Truss, the Infrastructuralists. We build software infrastructure to solve complex problems in the public interest. In 2014, we were part of the elite engineering team that helped save Healthcare.gov. In addition to working with startups, F200 and federal agency clients, Truss is distinctive in Silicon Valley with 3 diverse founders and an engineering team that is 50% women and 25% people of color.

Everett’s expertise is customer development, combining behavioral research and ethnography to define winning products that people love. He headed the worldwide Community & Customer Acquisition team as a Director at Linden Lab (maker of Second Life) during their growth phase in 2007-09. Before that, Everett was at Bain & Co, Ninth House Network, and Self-Help Credit Union.

Everett graduated with degrees from Stanford (MBA & M.Ed Learning, Design and Technology) and Duke (Biomedical & Electrical Engineering). He also was a starter on Duke’s NCAA National Championship soccer team, the University’s first in any sport. Everett lives in Oakland, CA, making limoncello when life hands him lemons.