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

By | Colloquium, Meeting, San Diego

On 6/26/2019, in San Diego, CA, technology leaders and fellow 7CTOs members Benji Koltai and Anup Marwadi led 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

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 a future Colloquium. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Check out the video recap:

Moderators

Benji Koltai

Co-Founder & CTO, Galley

Anup Marwadi

CEO, HyperTrends Global

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

By | Colloquium, Meeting, Vancouver

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

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

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 a future Colloquium. Just a heads up that these are invite-only events, but we are always interested in meeting new people. 

Check out the video recap:

Speakers

Bijan Vaez

CoFounder & Advisor, EventMobi

Matt Payne

CTO at Thinkific

Karson Enns

Director Of Engineering, Felix

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.

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

Sponsored by

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

Videos

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

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3/29/2019

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

Agenda

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

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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

Presenters

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

CTO, Zeeto.io

Alo Sarv

Co-Founder, SOCi, Inc.

Adam Cuppy

COO, Coding Zeal

Videos

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The 5th CTO Colloquium: San Diego 3/27/19

By | Colloquium, Meeting, San Diego

In partnership with Sapiens Data Science and Kanani Breckenridge of Kismet Search, on 3/27/2019, in San Diego, CA, 7CTOs presented:

Fabio Traversa
Steve Griset
Kuan-Fu Ding

addressed the CTO Colloquium with presentations on: 

Computation in the 21st Century

Integrating Clinical Metadata and Genomics to Help Individuals Measure, Protect, and Improve Their Health at the Speed of Science

Machine Learning in Computer Vision

On Computation in the 21st Century: Since the EDVAC realized by Von Neumann in 1947, computing architectures have evolved tremendously opening new horizons to both technology and economic advancement. The well established use of transistors and the shrinking of their channel size following Moore’s law for decades, has reached its limit and now we are entering in the “More than Moore” age.

The applications of computing vary from consumers to large corporations, from gaming to data centers and the need for computational resources represents an exponentially growing market. In this picture available architectures, such as CPUs, GPUs, ARM, etc. are sufficient for much of the computing needs of mobile phones and tablets as well as PCs and cloud computing. However, modern computing systems are already falling short when it comes to a growing number of computing needs.
This is only going to get worse unless new computing concepts are developed that represent a radical advancement in computing performance.  Large corporations, academia and start ups, are proposing alternatives such as Quantum Computing, Neuromorphic Computing and MemComputing.  These new technologies promise to solve some of the most challenging problems we face today, such as autonomous vehicles, personalized medicine, financial services and Artificial Intelligence.

On Machine Learning in Computer Vision: Overview of machine learning as it is applied to computer vision. Talk will cover different machine learning model architectures and the trade offs between performance and accuracy. Followed by demonstrations of those architectures as they are applied to object classification and detection in computer vision. Lastly a brief discussion of hardware acceleration and demonstration

On Integrating Clinical Metadata and Genomics to Help Individuals Measure, Protect, and Improve Their Health at the Speed of Science: You will learn how to identify disparate data sources and methods for integration, new opportunities and challenges for model development and validation, and proof of concept: using genomics to improve health assessment.

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 future Colloquiums.

Check out the recap video:

Sponsored by

Presenters

Fabio Traversa

Co-Founder & CTO, MemComputing

Steven Griset

Co-Founder & CTO, alwaysAI

Kuan-Fu Ding

CSO, Sapiens Data Science

The 4th CTO Colloquium: Carlsbad 2/13/19

By | Carlsbad, Colloquium, Meeting

On 2/13/2019, in Carlsbad, CA:

Bryan Hall
Ryan Rusnak
Igor Mameshin

addressed the CTO Colloquium with presentations on:

“Gathering, Analyzing and Learning from Data, the No Buzzwords Edition”
“Bridging the Gap Between Data Science and Software Engineering”
“Machine Learning on Kubernetes”

On Gathering, Analyzing and Learning from Data, the No Buzzwords Edition: Bryan will share the pitfalls and lessons learned from building a data, analytics and machine learning stack from the ground up twice in the last five years. This talk will focus on the pieces that were vital to success and how to understand and explain them to get buy in from your entire team.

On Bridging the Gap Between Data Science and Software Engineering: So your company is growing and now you have tons of data. Data is powerful and there must be key business insights in that data so you hired a data scientist. The data scientist found lots of good data and trained a neural network to spit out beautiful insights that your customers would be happy to pay for. Great! However, the data scientist doesn’t know how to code in your stack your software engineers don’t know how to serve up a Tensorflow model. What do you do? Most companies never make it across this chasm. Come learn how to cross the chasm and start using your machine learning models in production.

On Machine Learning on Kubernetes: Understanding all steps in the ML workflow will help CTOs to make better hiring and technology decisions. In this session, you will learn how to build, train and deploy machine learning models efficiently and at scale on Kubernetes. We will start with an overview of machine learning workflow: prepare data, code your model, train and evaluate the model, deploy the model, get predictions, and monitor the ongoing predictions. We will go into details on what is under the hood to understand more of the magic that is happening. At the end of the demo, you will learn how to deploy a trained model on Kubernetes, and send prediction requests to your model from a web application.

Using Jupyter notebook, we will show how to:

  • Interactively define a KubeFlow Pipeline using the Python SDK
  • Train model – this example pipeline trains a Tensorflow model on Github issue data, learning to predict issue titles from issue descriptions
  • Deploy model – launch a web app which interacts with the TF-Serving instance in order to get model predictions.

The tutorial is based on Kubeflow – open source machine learning stack that runs on Kubernetes. This demo is deployed on AWS, but it can run on any Kubernetes cluster on GCP, Azure, or on-prem.

There is a hands-on session to follow this talk. To participate in the hands-on session, you need to have a laptop with a web browser (Chrome or Safari), text editor of your choice, and Git client.

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 future Colloquiums.

Check out the recap video:

Sponsored by

Presenters

Igor Mameshin

CTO, Agile Stacks

Ryan Rusnak

CTO, Airspace Technologies

Bryan Hall

Principal Architect, Seismic

Videos