Everett Harper is the CEO and Co-Founder of Truss, a Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company for 2020. Truss builds software and infrastructure to help companies and public agencies scale and modernize digital services. They apply expertise in design, research, product, security, infrastructure and engineering to clients such as healthcare.gov, Nuna and DOD—Transcom, enabling them to deliver efficient, sustainable products and services to over 20 million customers and end users.
Everett’s expertise is in customer development, combining behavior research and ethnography to define winning products and services. Before Truss, Everett worked at startups like Linden Lab (maker of Second Life) as well as companies in social impact, including Self-Help Community Development Finance Institution. Everett started his career at Bain & Co, a top strategy consulting firm. He is a board member of CARE.org and CASE at Duke Fuqua School of Business.
Everett graduated from Stanford University (MBA, M.Ed) and Duke University (BSEE, Biomedical Engineering), where he was an A.B. Duke Scholar, a 100% tuition academic award. Everett won the NCAA National Championship in soccer as a starter, Duke’s first in any sport. He was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019.
Everett is the author of the upcoming book, “Move to the Edge, Declare it Center: Navigating Complex Decisions in Uncertain Times”. He has also written for Forbes, Fortune and Techcrunch, and has been a featured speaker at conferences such as Dent, the Commonwealth Club, Techstars, Dreamforce, Women 2.0 and the O’Reilly Velocity Conference.
Everett lives in Oakland, CA, making limoncello when life hands him lemons.
Selected Speeches and Articles
◆ Business Resilience, The Commonwealth Club of California, 2020
◆ Weak Ties Matter, Techcrunch, 2015
◆ Move to the Edge, Declare it Center, Dent the Future Conference, 2016
◆ Infrastructure First (excerpt), O’Reilly Velocity Keynote, 2019
◆ Still a Leader, Still a Target, Forbes, 2019
◆ Truss Distributed Playbook, (downloadable PDF), 2020