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Zach Lloyd

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Founder, UpSwerve, Inc. Previously Principal Engineer, Google. Eng lead on Google Docs. Stanford and LSE grad. Love building software.

Founder, UpSwerve, Inc. Previously Principal Engineer, Google. Eng lead on Google Docs. Stanford and LSE grad. Love building software.

6 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Back End Engineering
  • Front End Engineering
  • Full Stack Engineering
  • Mobile Engineering
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Front End Engineering
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering

Involved In


UpSwerve, Inc




Founder UpSwerve, Inc January 2015 - present
Principal Engineer Google May 2007 - November 2014
Lead Developer February 2006 - March 2007
Grad Student Yale Law School September 2004 - May 2005
Grad Student The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) September 2003 - August 2004
Analyst NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory May 2003 - September 2003
Software Engineer Internship Amazon August 2002 - February 2003


Yale Law School 2004 - 2005
London School of Economics and Political Science Philosophy of Science 2003 - 2004
Stanford University Symbolic Systems 1998 - 2002

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Product
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Entrepreneurship
  • • Startups
Markets of Interest
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Enterprise Software

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

JavaScript • Java • Web Development • Android Development • Objective-C

Key Accomplishments

I spent the past seven and a half years working at Google on Google Docs. Towards the end of my tenure I was the overall eng lead on the Docs, Sheets, and Slides editors. Prior to that I was the lead and manager of the Sheets team, where I lead the design and implementation of several major overhauls of the frontend and backend of the product.

After Google, I spent the past 6 months working on a private group photo sharing app called Camera Club which is currently in the iOS app store.

I have extensive experience in designing web and mobile applications from the bottom of the stack to the top. I am very comfortable in Java, JavaScript, Objective C, and have some knowledge of Python and Go.

Most of all, I really like learning new tech and finding smart people who I can work with and learn from.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

The ideal cofounder would be someone really smart with about my same level of professional experience. They would have a similar time horizon to me - ready to start working now, and able to work without funding for at least some period of time (say 6 months or more). I am open to both technical and non-technical cofounders, depending on the idea we are going to pursue together. The right person is very easy going, doesn't have a huge ego, likes building things, solving problems and exploring ideas.

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Nicholas Schroeck
They're my friends  •  Assistant Professor (Clinical), Wayne State University and Executive Director, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.
Zach is brilliant, sharp and dedicated. He has a great sense of humor and is easy to work with. I would trust him with anything.
Dave Clarke
We worked together  •  Communications, Kashoo - Simple Cloud Accounting and Founder & Owner, AuthenticMatters.
Because has an engineer's perspective for solving real-world problems.
Dennis (DJ) Lee
We worked together  •  Software Engineer, Flatiron Health. Previously Lead Software Engineer, Spotify. Harvard grad.
Zach is one of the strongest engineers I have ever worked with. During my time working with Zach on the Google Sheets team, he displayed gre ... at leadership as TL of the team. Zach was able to mentor engineers while avoiding the micromanagement trap. At the same time, he was a prolific individual contributor as well, and continued to be a deeply respected contributor and technical advisor to the broader Google Docs team as the team expanded. Beyond his technical skills, Zach is also excellent at strategic thinking, with the ability to methodically analyze product opportunities and evaluate the risk/reward tradeoff of pursuing a given idea. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Zach again, but sadly the timing isn't right. A great cofounder for Zach would help round out the product and business aspects of the team.
Janet Leland
We worked together  •  Software Engineer, Google. Previously Owner, Designing Patterns. Cornell grad.
Zach is on his way to becoming a fantastic entrepreneur. Zach is brilliant. He is a huge risk taker and he is insanely driven. I worked ... under Zach on Google Spreadsheets. Under Zach, the team underwent a 3 year rewrite of the product in which the spreadsheet calculation engine moved into the browser (much faster, offline capabilities, etc). The project was obscenely challenging and at times it was questionable whether the rewrite would be performant enough. Senior engineers from all over the company transferred to work under Zach due to his collaborative and hands-off management style and the level of challenge and risk taking involved in the project. During these 3 years, he worked as hard (if not harder) than all of the engineers below him- coding, collaborating on designs, etc. Needless to say, it was a huge success. Since then, other teams in the department are adopting a number of the (cutting edge) design decisions made by the Spreadsheets team. I think Zach will become a great entrepreneur because I believe he's capable of anything he sets his mind to.
Ken Leland III
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, UpSwerve. Previously Senior Vice President of Engineering, Monmouth Telecom. Stanford grad.
Zach is a brilliant engineer, a great team leader, and a pragmatic entrepreneur. He moves quickly and decisively towards a realized product. ... He works really well with designers, users, and developers to quickly iterate and improve the product. He definitely maintains a sense of urgency during every step of the product development cycle. Context: I was Zach's co-founder at Upswerve. We built Camera Club together. We met through my sister who was an engineer at Google and Zach's subordinate.
Anish Basu
They're my friends  •  Founder, Stealth Mode Mobile Startup. Previously World Traveler, Sabbatical.
Zach has a lot of raw engineering and management talent. He is a very good communicator and constantly has new ideas for startups and projec ... ts he wants to work on. But what truly makes him a great entrepreneur is his thorough and diligent approach to finding a solution to a problem or vetting a new idea.

John Hjelmstad
We worked together  •  Head of Google Identity Platform, Google. Previously Consultant, TalentBin. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
John is a brilliant engineer, truly one of the smartest people I know. He is also a great problem solver, able to dig in deep to come up wi ... th creative solutions to difficult problems. He has a lot of industry experience from Amazon to Google. He is also a very strong engineering leader, having led some very important efforts at Google over the years. He is driven, creative, and, most importantly, just a good guy to work with. Even though he's brilliant he has no ego, and just wants to get s**t done. He'll be a great entrepreneur.