July Meetup: ”Build vs Buy: Software Systems at Jurassic Park" w/ Todd Gardner

Public group

Virtuwell Office

178 East 9th St · St. Paul, MN

How to find us

The main entrance to the building is off of 9th St. Once inside, take the stairs all the way up to the Virtuwell office on the third floor.

Location image of event venue


Welcome to the July Meetup!

This Month we'll have Todd Gardner from TrackJS talking about when to build software vs. buying something off the shelf. Here's his abstract to help you learn more:

"We were so preoccupied with whether we could, we didn’t stop to think if we should. Nowhere at Jurassic Park was this more true than how we developed software. Having the wrong software and support structures was a key factor in the failures of our first park. We were entrepreneurs launching something new and architects integrating an enterprise. And our decisions had lasting consequences. Deciding which problems were worth our time was foundational to our failure.

Join us for a retrospective of software systems at Jurassic Park. We’ll dig into case studies and explore our successes and failures. We’ll uncover the options, costs, and risks inherent in deciding what software to build, what to buy, and alternatives in between. We’ll explore the opportunity cost of building systems, the sustainability of open-source, and the risks of vendor lock-in. You’ll leave equipped to make better decisions and avoid the pitfalls we made at Jurassic Park."

Big thanks to MidwestJS for sponsoring our food and beverages this month! Tickets are on sale now at http://midwestjs.com/

# Agenda:

6:30 - 7:00 Arrive & socialize (and maybe eat & drink)

7:00 - 7:10 Announcements

7:10 - 8:15 Main Presentation: ”Build vs Buy: Software Systems at Jurassic Park" w/ Todd Gardner

8:15 - 8:30 Giveaways & Wrap-up

## Parking info:

Now we park in the lot *behind Firestone*, on the West / Northwest corner of 9th St and Jackson (kitty corner from the old lot next to Virtuwell, which is turning into a hotel rapidly!). The spots available to Virtuwell and its visitors (us) are marked by pretty obvious signs in that lot, and while they say 6am-6pm I have the assurances of staff that they are free for our attendees to use.

Otherwise, the Jackson Street garage is also fair game, though it is not free, and you can sometimes find street parking in the area.

## Under 21?

You are clearly a wunderkind if you’re coming to an Angular Meetup. But please help us keep these meetings safe and “up to code.”

Steer clear of any alcohol. We appreciate you doing your part. We want to keep having these, so please don’t get us shut down.

• What to bring
An appetite for food, drink and showcasing your best self in conversation, as well as your thoughtful questions for our speaker!