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0111 Member Retreat: October 2019, San Diego, CA

By 0111 CTO Conference, Meeting, San Diego

What is 0111?

0111 provides you with endless opportunities to learn and grow with your fellow attendees through:

Innovative Processes: multiple opportunities to work and learn in diverse groups, experimenting with new ways of working together

Real-world Learning: we have lined up a suite of timely, relevant topics delivered by in-the-trenches CTOs using multiple learning modalities

Unexpected Connections: build authentic relationships that will bring meaning and life-long value to your world

Our 0111 San Diego 2019 Speakers

It's no easy feat to keep 70+ CTOs engaged for two days, but the mix of presentations, discussions, and introspection, combined with opportunities to meet new people were the right fuel for an amazing conference!

Irwin RodriguesOrolia, Chief Product Officer

Another amazing event! 7CTOs outdoes themselves year after year. Great speakers and a wonderful group of friendly people.

Jonathan DownCTO @ Proposify

I've never seen a conference with such an air of humility. All the tech leaders I spoke with were willing to get curious and engage in wonderful, authentic conversations. I learned my challenges aren't unique and there's a group of empathetic CTOs willing to listen and share their thoughts, regardless of org size.

Eric LawlerSilversheet. Senior Engineer

7CTOs is a must-have for the successful technology leader.

Lu SaenzFlock Freight (formerly AuptiX), VP Engineering & Product

0111 is a not only a gathering of some of the smartest people but also some of the best humans I’ve been to. This will make you come out of this as a better individual and leader

Jerome BonhommeCTO, American Specialty Health

Attending the 0111 event was refreshing, invigorating and thought-provoking. Can't wait for next year's!

Julia DuranSouth Geeks, CEO

This is a very special conference that brings together relevant topics for technology leaders of companies of all sizes. The speakers are amazing and the venues are fun. Being able to share experiences with peers from all over the globe is both enjoyable and valuable.

Sigalit TsadokCo-Founder PermitDocs

7CTOs is an awesome place to refine the craft of being a manager in a group of dedicated, thoughtful people. Very focussed on goals but still fun and engaging. Definitely recommended for any manager looking for a place to learn

Daniel CroftGitLab - Engineering Manager, Package

I'm constantly guided by the principle of surrounding oneself with those who you would like to be like. 7CTOs is a community likely to change the career trajectory of any young technical leader

Valeed MalikSaRA Health, CoFounder & CTO

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0111 Past & Present

0111 Portland: A Chief Technology Officer’s Conference 5/10/19

By 0111 CTO Conference, Meeting, Portland

The 0111 CTO Conference comes to Portland for the very first time!



Thursday, May 9, 2019

Please join us for an intimate pre-conference reception at 7 pm with light bites and a few drinks at the AC Hotel in Downtown Portland.

The address to the hotel is: 888 SW Third Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Friday, May 10, 2019


8:00 am Check In/Registration

8:45 am Welcome!

Etienne de Bruin, Founder 7CTOs

9:00 – 9:45 am Keynote: Making the Product Engineering Marriage Thrive

Vidya Dinamani, Previous Director, Product & Customer Experience Development, Intuit
Heather Samarin,  Chief Product Officer, Arista MD

What makes a great product family work is having the product parents, Product & Engineering, in a great relationship. So, what goes into making this work? This talk explores the root causes of most dysfunctions and provides the product perspective in not just identifying and overcoming, but put you on the path to thriving.

10:00 – 10:30 am Lessons From the Black Box

Heather Rivers, CTO Mode

When planes crash, we tend to assume technology is to blame, but black box recordings prove that far more tragedies are caused by human problems than by machine malfunctions. The airline industry has spent decades studying these patterns and creating frameworks to prevent them. How can we, in software, apply what they’ve learned?

10:45 – 11:15 am Distributed team: Benefits and Challenges

Oleg Pashigorev, CTO Promomash

How to assemble team on a small budget, without sacrificing speed or quality? We usually hear 2 type of answers: it’s impossible or go hire dev shop from India and we all know what to expect from it. But sometimes we do hear a story that somebody managed to build a great product with offshore team. How did they do it?

In this talk I will share with you what it took to create a successful distributed development team. We will go over benefits and challenges as well as restrictions that we had to put in order to work with people from countries that are at WAR. We will also discuss specifics in the hiring process and practices that help us create the culture we all desperately seek and want.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm When Scrum/XP/Kanban isn’t enough

Jerome Bonhomme, CTO American Specialty Health 

The technology group starts using Scrum and troubles begin… Opacity, misunderstanding, misaligned expectations and growing frustrations are generally the outcome. My journey through the agile evolution and why agile/scrum/lean/XP… development isn’t enough and how to move the rest of an organization to become agile.

12:00 pm Break for Lunch


1:30 – 3:00 pm Workshop: Building Products that Customers (and your team) Love

Heather Samarin,  Chief Product Officer, Arista MD
Vidya Dinamani, Previous Director, Product & Customer Experience Development, Intuit

Building products that customers love is the goal of every product team. In this workshop, we work through three core components that every leader can take back to their teams to sharpen product focus, improve team collaboration, and raise overall engagement. This highly interactive workshop is fun, immediately applicable and will help you develop a better rapport and partnership with your product leader.

3:15 – 3:45 pm Building SaaS Analytics Platform

Sergey Sundukovskiy, Co-Founder, CTO and Chief Product Officer at Raken, Inc.

Capturing and reporting on data provides critical insights that ultimately drives the business. However numerous data points, tools, technologies and stage of the business makes choosing an approach for the SaaS Business Analytics a complex question. In this talk, Dr. Sundukovskiy will use a primary case study and other examples of SaaS companies to:

Explore how you can collect and analyze key product and business SaaS metrics. Consider different technical approaches for capturing, integrating and reporting on various data points. Examine the framework for selecting your own stack from the project inception, through the evaluation process and the eventual implementation. Consider how these choices likely will vary based on the stage of the business and the particular business needs. Discuss approaches to more complex issues such as cross device measurement, company level reporting and attribution.

4:00 – 4:30 pm Design Thinking and Agile for Family Life

Alex Zub, CTO Handsome

Many of us use the Agile methodologies and the Design Thinking approach in design and development activities at work. What if we could apply things that make our work so effective and efficient to family life? This talk will discuss the value of leveraging professional methodologies in our everyday life.

4:45 – 5:15 pm Mechanical Confidence

Adam Cuppy, COO ZEAL

More often then not “confidence” is taught as a practice of positive self-talk; that confidence is the result of belief and time. While this appears to be true, it isn’t. Confidence can be developed, mechanically. We can be more confident without having to solely believe we’re confident.

Confidence, in fact, is the result of engrained habit. This talks looks at how you can develop a process to instill what so many of us wish we had more of.

5:15 pm Closing & Thank you


5:30 pm Break for Cocktails

We’ll be heading to Punch Bowl Social after the conference. Join us to end the conference with a few drinks and some good times.
Your first drink is on us! 🙂

Who is it for?

Anyone and everyone who is in a technology leadership position.

Location details & directions

The conference will take place at the World Trade Center Portland. The address is World Trade Center Portland 121 SW Salmon St. Building Two Portland, OR 97204. Click here for directions by car or by local transit.

0111 Room Block Information

The 0111 CTO Conference Portland Room Block for conference attendees and speakers is at the AC Hotel in Portland Downtown.

Click here to reserve your room
0111 CTO Conference Code of Conduct

Sponsored by


Vidya Dinamani

Previous Director, Product & Customer Experience Development, Intuit

Heather Rivers

CTO, Mode

Oleg Pashigorev

CTO, Promomash

Jerome Bonhomme

CTO, American Specialty Health

Heather Samarin

Chief Product Officer, AristaMD

Sergey Sundukovskiy

Co-Founder, CTO and Chief Product Officer at Raken, Inc.

Alexander Zub

Co-Founder, Handsom

Adam Cuppy

COO, Coding ZEAL


0111 Las Vegas: A Chief Technology Officer’s Conference 3/29/2019

By 0111 CTO Conference, Las Vegas, Meeting


The 0111 CTO Conference comes to Las Vegas for the very first time!


8:00 Check In/Registration

8:30 Welcome!

Etienne de Bruin, Founder 7CTOs

9:00 Keynote: The Coming Wave of Human-AI Augmentation

Alex Bates, CEO Neocortex Ventures, former CTO Mtell.

After a decade on the front lines of AI, applying machine learning in the IoT and working with human users of AI prediction engines, Alex discovered that humans and AI are highly complementary. The coming wave of Human – AI Augmentation applications will unlock massive value. The talk will cover specific use cases for hybrid human-AI applications, and a different way to approach machine learning.

10:00 Architect For Success!

Larry Heminger, CTO Sapiens Data Science

Let’s assume our company and business will be a huge success. As CTOs, what technology decisions can we make each and every day to best set ourselves up to win, both short and long-term, and to minimize technical debt and refactoring downstream? Examples of system & cloud architectures will be discussed, calling out both decisions that stood the test of time, as well as poor decisions which required major re-work.

10:40 Your Customers Hate You: And Other Lies

Heather Wilde, CTO ROCeteer, Inc, TWIP

When you release your software and products into the world, you open yourself up to the gamut of possibilities. This includes negative feedback from customers that can leave even the most experienced developer unprepared. How can you stay on track when everything you hear tells you you’re wrong?

11:20 Start-Up CTO Stress Triggers

Vladimir Baranov, CTO AdvisorEngine

It’s already difficult enough to build out an application in a familiar environment. In a start-up, with a new team, new product, and new processes, the task is even more challenging. This talk will explore these sources of start-up workplace stress from the CTO’s perspective.

12:00 Break for Lunch

1:30 From Data-driven to Reasoning-driven

Dr. Khai Minh Pham, Founder & CEO, ThinkingNode Inc.

In January 2019, Harvard Business Review indicates that in the next 5 years AI “… will rely less on bottom-up big data and more on top-down reasoning that more closely resembles the way humans approach problems and tasks.” This talk is about explaining why it’s so important and that is actually already possible today!

2:10 Serverless War Stories: My Journey So Far

Steve Bjorg, Founder & CTO MindTouch

The serverless application model is a brilliant new way to build and deploy solutions, but it comes with its own set of unique complications. In this talk, I share the challenges we encountered, the solutions we embraced, and the bumps we see on the journey ahead.

2:50 Right Job – Left People

Emily Deere, CTO Ad-Juster

You have all the right jobs – but are you leaving a lot of good candidates out of your job search? What people are being left out of your hiring practices. This talk will discuss often left out qualities of job searches that transcend gender, age and the reality of being ‘real’ in a job interview.

3:30 Mob Programming, A Systems Approach

Matt Ferguson, CTO Zeeto

How many of you would like to improve efficiency reduce overhead? Did you ever wonder why your team can’t get to the next level? It’s my belief that the feedback loops in software development teams do not incentivize the right outcomes Many of us have experience with the many tried and true software development methodologies. They fail to deliver on the promise of agile and lean.

4:10 Strategies and models for building effective teams

Alo Sarv, Co-Founder SOCi, Inc.

Building and leading teams that deliver results consistently is very hard. Effective communication is rooted in trust and empathy, which are the building blocks for successful teams and organizations. Through understanding of key mental models, recognition of systems leverage points and deliberate practice, it is possible to intentionally create a culture of high-performing teams, focused around collaboration and alignment.

4:50 Mechanical Confidence

Adam Cuppy, COO Coding Zeal

More often then not “confidence” is taught as a practice of positive self-talk; that confidence is the result of belief and time. While this appears to be true, it isn’t. Confidence can be developed, mechanically. We can be more confident without having to solely believe we’re confident. Confidence, in fact, is the result of ingrained habit. This talks looks at how you can develop a process to instill what so many of us wish we had more of.

5:30pm Break for Cocktails


Who is it for?

Anyone and everyone who is in a technology leadership position.

Where to eat?

Tahiti Village has many options on site and nearby to grab a quick bite during lunch. There are 2 restaurants located on the resort: 17° South Booze & Bites and Denny’s. There are also a number of places to eat within walkable distance from the conference just up South Las Vegas Boulevard.

Location details & directions

The conference will take place at Tahiti Village in South Las Vegas. The address is Tahiti Village Resort: 7200 Las Vegas Blvd, SouthLas Vegas, Nevada 89119. Click here for directions from the McCarran International Airport.

Thank you to our sponsor


Alex Bates

CEO, Neocortex Ventures

Larry Heminger

CTO, Sapiens Data Science

Heather Wilde

CTO, ROCeteer, Inc.

Vladimir Baranov

Co-Founder & CTO, AdvisorEngine

Dr. Khai Minh Pham

Founder & CEO ThinkingNode, Inc.

Steve Bjorg

Founder & CTO MindTouch

Emily Deere

CTO, Ad-Juster

Matt Ferguson


Alo Sarv

Co-Founder, SOCi, Inc.

Adam Cuppy

COO, Coding Zeal


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