Hi! I'm Frankie. I'm a startup engineering leader, speaker, and powerlifter based in Las Vegas.

I'm focused on building maintainable, extensible software systems. Experienced in developing durable engineering strategy, building cohesive teams, and solving complex business problems.

Recent Talks

📺 Watch "Don't Forget the Trees: Integrative Change Leadership" Keynote at Recipes for Winning 2023

📖 Read "How engineering leaders can promote urgency in teams" for LeadDev.com


Tech is for everyone. Tech is for women, LGBTQ+, people of color, people from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Tech was meant to be disruptive but it hasn't disrupted system oppression, equity and inclusion, or even corporate America. Impostor syndrome is environmental, not pathological. Tech is not a meritocracy; meritocracy is not the right goal. Engineering interviews should measure relevant skills like whether someone is coachable, not ability to regurgitate algorithms from memory. Soft skills are just as important as "technical" skills. Management is not the natural progression for an engineer; individual contributors are just as valuable and people deserve the opportunity to progress in their career without managing others. Software development is a people problem; sometimes the best solution isn't the most technical one. I believe that we can fix the industry, focus on psychological safety, and create a playing field where everyone wins.

Francesca Kerberos Nicoletti (she/they) is an engineer, leader, educator, and polymath, and currently VP of Engineering at SoLo Funds and on the 2024 Advisory Board for LeadDev. Previously they were AI Engineering Lead at a martech unicorn, Head of Engineering at a seed stage grocery startup, interim CTO at a big data startup, and an IC at several early-stage startups ranging from ecommerce to social media. They have been a career coach for 7 years. They hold several state records in power lifting.

"Debugging People Problems" at CTOCraft WinterCon 2022

"Be a better partner to product management" at LeadDev SF 2022

"Paying down management debt without burning out" at LeadDev NY 2022

Find more of my talks & podcasts on Polywork.
Guides & Tools
The Hunt: A job search project plan