Said Armutcuoglu
LSH Partners Securities LLC
John Ayton

Julio Avalos

Chief Business, Strategy & Operations Officer; General Counsel

GitHub Inc.

San Francisco, US

Julio Avalos


Julio Avalos "was present at the founding of the internet as we know it" and "helped shape the social phase of the digital era." (WSJ, May 2018). Equally acclaimed as one of the leading attorneys, business executives, and thinkers of the time, Julio most recently served as both Chief Business, Strategy & Operations Officer as well as General Counsel for GitHub, Inc., the world's most important software development platform. Julio was also a member of GitHub's Board of Directors.

Previously, Julio represented or helped build some of the world's most important technology companies, including Yelp, Apple, and LinkedIn. He represented Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg through its formative years, including in the case that became the subject of the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network."

Julio joined GitHub in 2012 at the time of the company's Series A. Until its acquisition by Microsoft in 2018, Julio oversaw the company's business operations, including its marketing, branding, communications, finance, policy, HR, and diversity and inclusion efforts, in addition to defining and scaling its mission, values, company strategy, and global community.

A trenchant speaker on contemporary social and digital issues, Julio has been interviewed by CNBC, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been named legal innovator of the year (The Recorder, 2014), the top in-house technology attorney in the United States (GC Magazine, 2015), as well as one of the country’s top 100 Latino Business Executives (HITEC 2019). His approach is rooted in his experience as a first-generation American, yogi, intellectual, and writer. His philosophical and theoretical work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including American Imago, founded by Freud and published by Johns Hopkins University.

Julio Avalos’ Background

Chief Business, Strategy & Operations Officer; General Counsel
Dec 2012 - Present
San Francisco, CA, USA
GitHub is a software coding platform which supports a community of over 36 million people, where they can learn, share and work together to build software.
Apr 2011 - Dec 2012
San Francisco, CA, USA
Yelp was founded in 2004 with the aim of helping people find good local businesses by connecting with other Yelp users and their reviews.
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Apr 2019
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Transcript from a recent keynote at Stanford Law School.

Awards & Endorsements

Top 100 Latino Business Executives
New York, NY, USA
The HITEC 100 is comprised of the 100 most influential and notable Hispanic professionals in the technology industry.
Legal Innovator of the Year
New York, NY, USA
The Recorder recognizes the legal industry's leading innovators for a variety of actions. This includes disrupting the system and changing the way things are done, restructuring an organization, and, among other factors, building a more efficient decision-making process within a firm.
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Speaking Engagements

Keynote Address
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Julio Avalos was the Closing Keynote Speaker for Stanford Law School's FutureLaw 2019 Conference.

Julio Avalos’ Education

Juris Doctor, Law
2003 - 2006
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University of Florida
BA English & Philosophy
1999 - 2003