- YES, It is REALLY Happening - Gay Geeks Meetup
After a looooong hiatus, we are ready to bring this group back and reignite our solidarity. We are the Gays, the Lesbians, the Bi-s, the Trans, and the Queers who all contribute to the tech industry. Our key speaker for this Thursday will be: Shar Ghoudsifar - Helpkin [ tech + design + business ] Helpkin is an app that allows you to trade babysitting and petsitting services with a network of friends and neighbors. It’s a beautiful app built with ReactNative + Redux Sagas & Firebase. Shar will talk to us about entrepreneurship, and what goes into building a consumer mobile app from the ground up. Rico Rodriquez Collins - Carbon Five [ tech + design ] The Sketch App API I’ll give an overview of the Sketch App API, the open-source network of plugins, and how to contribute to and create your own plugins, and how as a developer you should learn more about this essential design tool. Also, I'm sorry that this month's meetup is on the same night as JS.LA. I will try to ensure that it doesn't happen again. Hope to see you there! - 7pm - 7:40pm Mixer - 7:45 - 8:45 2 short presentations with Q&A - 8:45 wrap-up This being our first official get together in a long time, I would like to also poll the attendees and get feedback as to how frequently you would like to meet, as well as any particular topics you would like to see or present. On that note: WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR PRESENTERS. Please reach out to me if you are interested in presenting or Sponsoring. Topics are generally: 1. Tech sharing - Mobile and Web Development, Testing, DevOps, useful tools, new tech, how-to's 2. Deep Geek - Advanced programming, devices, etc. 3. Work Life - Inclusion, diversity 4. "Being the ambassador" - share your story, how did you get here, how did you find your way into tech.
- LGBT FOUNDERS & FUNDERS PANEL
Curious about how Founders and Funders of some leading companies got to where they are now? Are you considering launching a business, but unsure if it will get funded? Do you want to know how Funders connect with new startups, what tolerated risks they invest in, and what they look for when funding a startup? Whether these are questions you have now or might consider in the future, we’d love to see you at the next Gay Geeks LA event: LGBT Founders and Funders Panel, hosted by Grindr (http://www.grindr.com/jobs) and StartOut (http://www.startout.org/). The most well respected LGBT angels, founders and venture capitalists will be on hand to talk about how they evaluate business plans, the qualifications of a strong management team and more! This moderated panel will be followed by a Q&A session, then networking with LA entrepreneurs, software professionals and other techies. Panelists: Joel Simkhai, CEO & Founder of Grindr David Cooley, President & Founder of the Abbey Food and Bar Chirag Chotalia, VC of Pritzker Group Greg Wiles – Managing Director, VentureOut Capital Moderator: Carter McJunkin, Grindr COO/CFO When: September 16th Agenda: 6:30-7:00 Networking/Reception 7:00-7:45 Panel 7:45-8:00 Q&A 8:00-8:30 Networking/Reception Join the conversation on Twitter #GayGeeksLA (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23gaygeeksLA&src=typd) RSVP: http://gaygeeks.eventbrite.com
- TechTalk - Building Secure Mobile Applications
In our last six Grindr Tech Talk Meetup series, Lukas Sliwka and the Grindr Tech Team discussed: 1. Using metrics to drive a high performance SCRUM Team 2. iOS Development with Test Driven Development, Unit Testing, Monitoring Code Metrics 3. Scaling Next Generation Apps Using Big Data Technologies. 4. Implementing automated testing of native mobile application for iOS/Android 5. Grindr & MongoDB - Implementing Massive Geo Spatial Infrastructure 6. Globally Distributed Mobile Cloud Architecture This month, Lukas and the Grindr development team will be focusing on: Building Secure Mobile Applications What you will learn: Mobile security is at the forefront of some of the engineering challenges facing mobile development teams today. Attack vectors grow increasingly complex and a robust mobile security strategy is needed to deliver secure native mobile applications. In this session we will focus on discussing native mobile development security best practices. In this session you will learn about three points in the mobile technology chain where hackers may exploit vulnerabilities to launch attacks. You will also learn some of the best security practices to protect your application against such attacks: • Best practices to protect your mobile device and installed mobile applications. • Best practices to protect the network and communication of data between your device and data center. • Best practices to protect data center. About the Presenter: Grindr’s VP of Engineering, Lukas Sliwka is a thirty-something technologist who's lived and worked in many different places around the world including Europe, Canada, and both coasts of the US. Lukas has a background in software engineering, agile methodologies, and agile transformation. He loves the disruptive nature of technology and seeks any opportunity to change the status quo. He recently joined Grindr to further its geo-social mobile platform and how it impacts the dating world. Lukas has also held key roles at Beachbody, Yamaha, and Mazda. ========================================== ** WE ARE HIRING *** Interested in working for one of the most innovative mobile app companies on the planet? Check out http://www.grindr.com/jobs and contact: [masked] ========================================================== When: Wednesday, August 12th Where? Grindr Headquarters - Hollywood, CA Time: 7pm - 9pm PST Registration: grindr.eventbrite.com ( (http://grindr.eventbright.com/)please no recruiters or recruitment agencies) * Free Beverages + Food *
- Hollywood Tech Crawl
Why not stop by for a quick beer, game, snack or just say hi at one of the many Hollywood tech companies from 6pm to 10:30pm? Have a free beer or beverage, drop off a resume, see the office space or just kick back. This is a paid event - register here - http://grindr.me/1Q2heUG What: It's like a bar crawl, but featuring tech companies instead of bars. Each participating business will open its office for the duration of the crawl, giving you a chance to see where the magic happens and meet the team in an informal setting. Why: How often do you get to go behind the scenes at a company and experience where the work is done? Whether you're a networked entrepreneur or just finding your way in the LA tech scene, TZ Tech Crawls give you a fun way to discover new things about the community and each other. When: Thursday, May 28, 6-10:30pm PT. The Crawl happens in waves with team leaders escorting groups from the first venue every 30 minutes, so you can arrive after 7pm and still enjoy the full experience. Registration: This is a paid event - register here - http://grindr.me/1Q2heUG Grindr, which first launched in 2009, has exploded into the largest and most popular all-male location-based social network out there. With more than 5 million guys in 192 countries around the world -- and approximately 10,000 more new users downloading the app every day -- you’ll always find a new date, buddy, or friend on Grindr. WeWork in Hollywood provides tech startups and new media entrepreneurs with the Hollywood Hills as their backdrop in their stylish LA building. Members can take in the sunshine and palm trees while hanging out on the outdoor balcony that overlooks the downtown neighborhood. IgnitedSpaces develops executive office suites and shared spaces designed to enhance productivity, collaboration and the success of our members while providing top-notch client services and amenities. While we are currently expanding, we have twenty eight private offices, two large shared spaces, a lounge, various conference rooms, a whiteboard room, regular events, and competitive pricing, we aim to facilitate the optimum work culture for every type of business. Our community is filled with creative companies, all on the up swing, generating lots of positive energy in the space. Sponsors
- #GayGeeksLA: Justice x Technology
Join Gay Geeks LA, a new meet-up for LA's LGBTQ tech community, for a panel discussion addressing technology's evolving role in social justice. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served throughout the event. Seating is limited and location will be disclosed closer to the event. * YOU MUST RSVP USING EVENTBRITE - http://gaygeeks.eventbrite.com Join the conversation on Twitter #GayGeeksLA (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23gaygeeksLA&src=typd) Presented by: Jack Harrison-Quintana Director, Grindr for Equality Grindr's program to mobilize the global network of gay and bi men for social justice. Twitter (https://twitter.com/grindr4equality) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jack-harrison-quintana/8b/295/500) Panelists: David Hsu, Ph.D. Strategist, NationBuilder NationBuilder builds the infrastructure for a world of creators by helping leaders develop and organize thriving communities. Twitter (https://twitter.com/MrAlpenglow) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-hsu/48/878/435) JC Sanchez Technology Capacity Builder, Aspiration Tech Aspiration Tech connects nonprofit organizations, foundations and activists with software solutions and technology skills that help them better carry out their missions. Lucas Smolic Senior Software Engineer, Omaze Omaze offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that benefit charitable causes. Twitter (https://twitter.com/Awsmsce)| LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucassmolic) ---- Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served throughout the event. Seating is limited and location will be disclosed closer to the event. * YOU MUST RSVP USING EVENTBRITE - gaygeeks.eventbrite.com (http://gaygeeks.eventbrite.com/)
- Gay Geeks - The LGBT Software Developer Meetup in Los Angeles (Gay and Lesbian)
Dear Members, Thank you for being so patient as we organized the group. We have a time and a date! Wednesday, March 25th @ 7pm. Stay tuned for the the Gay Geek agenda... If you know other LGBT software developers or individuals that work in Tech, please invite them. We want to build a successful LGBT tech community in Los Angeles. Please register on Meetup & Register here - http://grindr.me/1rivKeP (https://www.google.com/url?q=http://grindr.me/1rivKeP&sa=D&usg=ALhdy2_Zbrl0gwiVO7peZKgt9A4UI7NUqw) Parking - There is a parking station on Santa Monica and Hancock & at the West Hollywood library. Both walking distance to the bar. Warm regards, Gay Geeks P.S. - *Spoiler Alert* - Our very own Joel Simkhai will be there to inaugurate our first event. Please spread the word!