Santa Cruz Tech Beat


Tricia Timm guides Looker through its legal obligations as it expands and evolves

By Amanda Heidt

March 26, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA

It’s hard to live in Santa Cruz without hearing about Looker, even if you don’t understand what it means to be a data platform company that deals in big data analytics. But perhaps we can all agree that data touches many parts of our life. From the targeted ads we see to the way a business presents itself, companies are using information about the industry, the market, and the consumers to set their priorities and goals.

In this way, Looker is a company that helps other businesses harness their data to make better decisions. Currently used at more than 1600 companies such as Sony, Amazon, The Economist, IBM, Spotify, Etsy, Lyft, and Kickstarter, they’re no small name in the tech world.

It can be difficult to separate the people from the business, but Looker is truly populated by a diverse and vibrant staff. Ask anyone who works there what they appreciate about Looker and they will likely answer with a sentiment shared by this week’s featured woman:

“I admire the founders and the culture they brought to Looker. Having worked in Silicon Valley and in tech for over two decades, I can say there’s honestly nothing like it. The values they promote are not just there in words, they’re there in practice and we are living them every day.”

Tricia Timm was recently hired as General Counsel at Looker. As a lawyer who specializes in technology-focused companies, it is her job to guide Looker through its legal obligations as it expands and evolves.

But when asked what she took the most pride in during her first year, she was quick to point to her efforts to increase diversity and representation in the company. In addition to her position as General Counsel, Tricia is also an Executive Sponsor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Her passion for DEI is realized in her conduct; as a graduate of Santa Clara University of Law, for example, she continues to mentor law students through the Entrepreneur’s Law Clinic.

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