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The 9th CTO Colloquium: Austin 9/19/19

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On 9/19/2019, in Austin TX, technology leaders will lead a discussion among peers.

Agenda

  • 7:30 – 8 pm: Eat, Drink, Mingle
  • 8 – 8:30 pm: Talk 1
  • 8:30 – 9 pm: Talk 2

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

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The 8th CTO Colloquium: Carsbad 9/10/19

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On 9/10/2019, in Carlsbad, CA, in partnership with Proven Recruiting, 7CTOs presents:

Tackling Scalability & Microservices – A Case Study

Led by technology leaders and fellow 7CTOs members Anup Marwadi and Benji Koltai.

Scaling systems requires out-of-the-box thinking. Many of the traditional rules of programming do not apply when it comes to building systems that scale.

Over the past 5 years, Anup has built distributed systems that need to scale up to perform thousands of transactions a second. In this open forum, we would like to focus some of the techniques that were applied to achieve scale and also chat about how so many of these techniques are now being replaced by micro-services oriented serverless architectures such as Lambda functions.

Bring your questions and be ready to contribute. The goal of this discussion is to setup a forum to exchange ideas and discuss pros and cons of some of the approaches used

Agenda

  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Eat, Drink, Chat, Geek Out

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Moderators

Anup Marwadi

CEO, HyperTrends Global

Benji Koltai

Co-founder & CTO, Galley

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0111 San Diego: October 10 & 11, 2019

By | 0111 CTO Conference, Meeting, San Diego
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0111 comes back to San Diego for the 3rd year!

October 10 & 11, 2019 for a special 2-day retreat for Chief Technology Officers (or similar)

Venue

Agenda

Wednesday, October 9: Hang with 7CTOs

Let’s kick off the retreat at 7 pm with a few drinks. Location TBD.

Thursday, October 10: Blow Your CTO Mind

9:30 am: Check-in & Welcome

Etienne de Bruin – Founder, 7CTOs

10 – 11:30 am: The Wisdom of Nature, The Hubris of the Engineer

Aaron Longwell – Director of Engineering, Justice Sector Support Program in Afghanistan

Today’s most innovative teams—those who embraced microservices and then serverless—allow data and functionality to be repeated throughout their infrastructure. The inefficiency and duplication makes the engineer in us cringe, but these approaches seem to work. Why? What if our engineering instincts are blinding us to better approaches?

This irreverent talk introduces concepts from modern evolutionary biology to explore better strategies for innovation and problem solving. We’ll go beyond the tropes of iterative design and capital-A Agile see what software communities can learn from the reigning champion of adaptability: nature. You’ll learn how biological principles like the evolutionary landscape, fitness functions, and robustness apply to software and business. You’ll leave with a new appreciation for diversity, randomness, and junior developers and rethinking what it means to be an engineer or an architect.

11:30 am – 1 pm: Developing a “learnings” framework to fuel innovation

Matt Aimonetti – CTO & CO-founder, Splice

Companies consider investing in “R&D” because they want accelerated and impactful innovation. It’s really hard to focus on delivering short term objectives (OKRs/KPIs) while also exploring risky hypotheses. Leaders often love “Innovation”, but the meaning and expected output are often unclear to set an R&D team up for success. We will discuss what success look like, how to setup a framework and evaluate progress.

1 – 2:30 pm: Offsite Lunch

See map of lunch recommendations below 🙂

2:30 – 4 pm: When your startup needs a VP AND a CTO

Manijeh Noori – VP Engineering, TheZebra

Early on at a startup, the titles CTO and VP of Engineering often have no distinction in their roles and responsibilities. As the company grows, however, there comes a time when one person can’t effectively manage delivery and execution while focusing on the architecture, the business, and the product. As the classic contrast between the maker and the manager emerges, it’s time for the head of engineering to choose one of the roles and hire for or promote to the other. Let’s discuss how you know when it’s the right time and how the CTO and VPE are complementary roles.

4 – 5:30 pm: Solving Hard Problems at Amazon – How Amazon continues to Re-Invent Customer Experience

Ilse de Bruin – Director Global Logistics, Amazon

As Amazon expands its reach of products and services across the world, we are increasingly challenged to match the cost/service expectations of the customers in the most economical way.  New customers are connected through mobility around the globe but are accustomed to innovations local to their areas. Those that are in remote areas, do not benefit from the cost savings that density economics provides. However, Amazon customers expect vast selections at low prices and convenience which extends across multiple geographies, borders and regulators.  Our solution to this problem is a robust global logistics infrastructure and in this talk we will review a couple of use cases in our consumer retail division aimed at filling the gaps in product selection around the globe.   

5:30 pm: Sunset Bonfire on the bay with s’mores

Friday, October 11: Dare to Lead

6:30 am: Sunrise Beach Volleyball

9:30 am: Check-in

10 am: Dare To Lead

Leona deVinne – Leadership Coach, Accendo

How do we stand out above the competition when it comes to being innovative, maintaining the highest levels of success, and creating a corporate culture that’s engaged and productive? It takes a great deal of courage and some very practical research-based tools.

We will learn some practical skills based on 400,000 pieces of data and decades of working with all types of organizations for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and truly showing up. Daring leadership is a collection skill sets that are 100% teachable and measurable.

We’ll navigate through the top 10 challenges that companies are grappling with and come up with some actionable items to address the top three challenges that your organization is facing. The common thread through these challenges? How we deal with fear. We will teach the skills required to tackle these issues by becoming braver leaders.

Daring leaders are self-aware, know how to have hard conversations, hold themselves and others accountable, build trust, lead with empathy and connection, take smart risks that lead to innovation, reset quickly after disappointments and setbacks, and give and receive feedback – especially when it’s tough

12:30 – 2 pm: Offsite Lunch

2 pm: Dare to Lead Programming Continues

4:30 pm: Close

Speakers

Manijeh Noori

VP Engineering The Zebra

Manijeh transitioned into the tech industry just over 5 years ago. Her background in communications and project management have helped her bring a different perspective to her roles as Director, and now VP of Engineering at The Zebra.

Aaron Longwell

Director of Engineering, Justice Sector Support Program in Afghanistan

Aaron is the Director of Engineering for a US State Department-funded project to support the rule of law and fair administration of justice in Afghanistan. Previously, Aaron led the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes’s migrations to the cloud as CTO at Culture Foundry and led the data science and engineering teams on property valuation products as CTO at Claremont Information Systems. He’s an active member of the Go community and is the maintainer of multiple Go packages.

Ilse De Bruin

Director Global Logistics Amazon

As Director, Amazon Global Logistics, Ilse de Bruin is responsible for developing Amazon’s cross border transportation solutions for Sellers selling on Amazon’s stores across the world. She has extensive experience running multi-geography operations and sales teams, and before relocating to North America, Ilse played a leadership role in UTi’s Southern Africa division (2002-2012), managing the largest division within UTI international. Ilse holds an MBA from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and Honors Degrees in Financial Management and Economics from the University of Johannesburg. Always athletic, she was a member of her school's first hockey team, and today she is a keen golfer and hiker.

Matt Aimonetti

CTO/co-founder Splice

Originally a sound engineer, Matt Aimonetti became an internationally known software developer, technical writer and open source contributor. As CTO and Co-Founder of Splice, he found a way to mix his passions: software, music and entrepreneurship. Matt is based in Santa Monica, CA where he likes building robots with his daughter, playing with sound gear with his son and enjoying a good meal with his wife.

Leona deVinne

Leadership Coach

Leona deVinne is a certified Coach, a dynamic facilitator, and custom program designer. Leona works with innovative leaders and teams, across the globe, in a variety of sectors; from social services to start ups in Silicon Valley. Leona uses her 20 years of leadership and business experience, combined with science based research, to help her clients gain the skills they need to reach the highest level of success.

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The 7th CTO Colloquium: San Diego 6/26/19

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On 6/26/2019, in San Diego, CA, technology leaders and fellow 7CTOs members Benji Koltai and Anup Marwadi will lead a discussion among peers about code and architecture.

Bring your questions and be ready to contribute. We will be walking through topics and testing strategies on:

  • Full-Stack
  • JS
  • Migrating to Typescript
  • Using GraphQL

Agenda

  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Eat, Drink, Chat, Geek Out

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Moderators

Benji Koltai

Co-Founder & CTO, Galley

Anup Marwadi

CEO, HyperTrends Global

The 6th CTO Colloquium: Vancouver 5/8/19

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In collaboration with Thinkific and Vancouver CTO Group, on 5/8/2019, in Vancouver, BC, 7CTOs presents:

“Managing Growth through Transparency & Communication”
“I was an early-stage startup CTO”
“Building and maintaining a good company culture”

Agenda

  • 5:30pm to 6pm – Arrival Food & Drinks
  • 6:00 to 6:30 pm – Bijan Vaez
  • 6:30 to 7:oo pm – Matt Payne
  • 7:00 to 7:30 pm – Karson Enns
  • 7:30 pm – Adjourn to Tap & Barrel Olympic Village

On Managing Growth through Transparency & Communication: An actionable overview of techniques used to manage effectively at times of change and growth in a startup environment. Strategies to implement in bringing your team closer together when you as a CTO are getting stretched and have less and less time to spend in the trenches alongside your engineers.

On I was an early-stage startup CTO: A talk about the journey building the engineering practice at Thinkific. This talk will include descriptions of the technical, people and process challenges encountered and the lessons learned as a result.

On Building and maintaining a good company culture: Leaders need to build great working environments for their employees, in order to attract and retain the best people. I want to share some of the keys to our success at WineDirect.

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Speakers

Bijan Vaez

CoFounder & Advisor, EventMobi

Matt Payne

CTO at Thinkific

Karson Enns

Head of Software Development, WineDirect

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

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

Agenda

 

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.

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Presenters

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

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