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Plato's Focus on Engineering Leadership

Our mission at Plato is, and will always be, to help our users become the best leaders they can possibly be. We believe, with strong conviction, that the right conversation, at the right time, with the right mentor can be the key to unlocking massive untapped potential, and we want to be the ones to help you have that experience.

In order for us to make sure we are able to execute on that promise, and to deliver the most amount of value for our users in the right ways, the best decision that we can make as a company is to narrow our focus fully on Engineering Leadership.

While this means that we will no longer be producing features that specifically benefit our Product Management and TPM users, we are confident that this narrowed focus will allow us to create valuable and impactful features and processes for our Engineering Leadership users.

For our Product and TPM users, while we will not be producing new features for you in the near future, we encourage you to continue with your existing mentorship on Plato’s platform. We will not be turning off any of our core services for these communities, so you can continue your existing mentorships, and you may still benefit from new features directed for Engineering Leaders instead. We will, however, no longer be accepting Product and TPM mentees and mentors, so the pool of potential mentorship partners will no longer be growing. We will sunset the Product and TPM communities, and all users will become part of one Plato community.

This decision was a difficult one to make, but we are extremely excited by the amount of potential our renewed focus will have on our product. We are getting ready for one of our biggest product updates to date, with features, such as:

Double Opt-In: Successful mentorship relationships start with strong connections between mentee and mentor. This feature ensures both parties are committed and ready to grow together.
Time-based Mentorship: We know the nature of mentorship relationships change over time. We want to make sure both parties stay committed to growth by adding structure to our mentorship programs.
Mentorship Call Canvas: Get more out of Plato mentorship calls with collaborative whiteboards and action items displayed on the same screen as your mentorship call video.
Plato Levels and Matching: Finding the right Engineering Leadership mentor requires detailed knowledge of the experiences of our users. Plato Levels aims to create a unified, company-agnostic career leveling system that will help our Engineering Leaders find their perfect match faster, and with more confidence.

Thank you all for your continued engagement with Plato. We’re excited for this next phase of Plato’s development, and hope you continue to grow with us along the way.

Updated on: 09/22/2022