1. Joaquin Roca talk on Team Dynamics. Joaquin has a Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology and helps companies scale human systems (1hr)
2. Open forum to ask for help (5 min).
3. Panel: Growing a technology team from 1 to 30+ with 4 of NY's leading CTOs and a CTO-turned-VC. (1hr)
4. After-hours hanging out at a nearby bar / restaurant.
1. Joaquin Roca talk on Team Dynamics (1hr)
Joaquin will talk about growing human systems from the perspective of latest psychology and team dynamics research. http://joaquinroca.com/
Here is a preview of his organizational scaling model.
Joaquin Roca help NY startups gracefully scale their human systems.
Joaquin guide these ventures as their co-founders work through difficult conversations and build relationships; while their teams discover how to work productively together; through the process of mindfully creating culture; and as they mature to help them remain nimble at scale. Over the past 13 years he's consulted for large-scale change initiatives, facilitated trainings, led strategic planning sessions and retreats, coached executives, and conducted applied research projects. As a consultant Joaquin worked with lots of great organizations including Harvest, SumAll, Urtak, numerous agencies in the United Nations system, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Pfizer, to name a few.
2. Open forum to ask for help (5 min). This is a chance for people to ask questions from others, whether about some technology you are evaluating or some management issue you are struggling with.
3. Panel: Growing a technology team from 1 to 30+
If you are one day faced with the issue of scaling your infrastructure, chances are you will be simultaneously working on scaling your technology team. Our panelists will discuss some of the things that changed as they grew teams over their careers e.g., the types of people they hired; processes that scaled and processes that didn't; how they adapted their org structures etc.
Moderator: Liz Crawford, CTO @ Birchbox
- Andrey Akselrod, CTO @ Smartling
- Gil Beyda, Founder and Managing Partner @ Genacast Ventures
- Tom Janofsky, VPE @ Monetate
- Cailin Nelson, VPE @ Turntable
- Ian White, CTO @ Sailthru
Bios of Panelists:
Tom Janofsky is a software engineer with 15 years of experience in successfully building software and teams. Prior to joining Monetate, he started and ran a software development consulting firm, where he designed and developed software as well as led teams that built large-scale, web-facing transactional software for clients that included EMC, FEMA, JBoss, and Pearson. Tom regularly presents at users’ groups and conferences.
Gil Beyda is the Founder & Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures, a seed fund formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures to invest in technology-centric, Internet start-ups. Gil has invested in Invite Media (acquired by Google), Demdex (acquired by Adobe), DoubleVerify, Packlate, Enterproid, Mortar Data, LeadiD and YieldMo.
Gil is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOL’s acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures.
Andrey Akselrod, Founder and CTO, Smartling Inc. Andrey is responsible for Smartling technology development and infrastructure. He has built Translation Management System and Global Delivery Network from the ground up. The software facilitates millions of translations, delivers more than a billion page views a month, works across multiple datacenters with hundreds of servers under management delivering 99.99% uptime. It allows customers to get up and running in multiple languages in a very short period of time.
Prior to Smartling Andrey served as VP, Technology at SpaFinder where he developed and maintained company’s eCommerce platform and web site delivering gift cards and web-based gift certificates across the globe and supporting a worldwide network of 10,000 spas. Previously, he held executive positions at RunTime Technologies working on data asset management and content management systems for various large scale projects.
Liz Crawford is the CTO at Birchbox (http://www.birchbox.com). Birchbox is the leading global discovery commerce platform for both men and women. Birchbox redefines the retail process by offering consumers a personalized way to discover, learn about and purchase the best beauty, grooming and lifestyle products. Liz has published papers on topics ranging from Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Robotics. She has a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon and is a co-organizer of CTO School.
4. After-hours hanging out at a nearby bar / restaurant. We'll walk over after the meetup. We usually have about 20-30 people coming, come out with us!