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Complex Task Execution w/ Django & Celery

This month's talk will be about handling complex task execution logic by leveraging advanced features of AMQP and celery instead of in-code control flows. Matt, the CTO of FiveStars, has had a lot of experience with their automated messaging platform and has a lot of tips and information to share from their real world implementation.

Speaker Bio:

Matt Doka is the CTO and Co-Founder of FiveStars, a venture-backed startup building a consumer identity platform that personalizes commerce in the real world by harnessing the power of big data, predictive analytics, and cloud-based marketing automation. Previously, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York, where he worked across a wide range of industries, including private equity, telecom, and healthcare, as well as development projects in Uganda in conjunction with Technoserve and the Gates Foundation. He was recently selected to Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Matt holds two degrees, one in Engineering and one in Finance, and a Math minor from the University of Pennsylvania, and is an avid skier and backpacker.


6:30pm - Check in and socialize! There will be food and drinks provided. Thanks FiveStars!

7:00pm - Lightning talks if we have any

7:15pm - Matt's talk

8:00pm - Q&A w/ Matt

8:30pm - Time to head home

Our Host, FiveStars

FiveStars is a consumer identity platform that personalizes commerce in the real world by harnessing the power of big data, predictive analytics, and cloud-based marketing automation. Our vision is to make offline transactions as personalized as they are online by building a ubiquitous software platform at the merchant point-of-sale. 

In two years, we've gone from two guys in a garage to serving thousands of merchants and tracking over $200M in transaction data from millions of users. We've raised $19M in funding from top tier investors like Lightspeed, DCM, and Y-Combinator and built a world-class team that includes ex-McKinsey consultants specializing in customer engagement, the former Head of Global SMB Marketing from Facebook, the Lead Designer of iBooks from Apple, the Director responsible for big data product strategy from Capital One, senior platform developers from Zynga, an adventure-seeking tour guide, two Ph.Ds in theoretical physics and biomedical engineering, multiple marathoners, and two ukulelists. Visit

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  • Ragi B.

    Anybody recording this?

    1 · December 10, 2013

    • Dennis

      yes, the rating of the meeting was very high so would be great to get slide and voice recording!

      December 18, 2013

    • Rudy M.

      I'm still waiting on getting the slides from FiveStars. Matt is adding in code samples to the slides for extra credit.

      December 18, 2013

  • Alfred P.

    A great meetup, learned a lot. The Five Stars team was really welcoming and cool for sharing scalability and reliability tips and traps with us. Thanks!

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • coban T.

    can I get more info on topic of second lightening talk?
    He didn't have any slides or anything.

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • coban T.

      thanks Alfred. I meant to come up and chat with you. I had to run out before the main talk end.

      December 12, 2013

    • Alfred P.

      Sure, if you have any other questions hit me up on twitter @splbio.

      December 14, 2013

  • Stefan M.

    FiveStars slick business model and use of text messaging and on-line coupons seemed like a modern chapter from AMC's hit show "Mad Men". Matt even looks like Donald Draper! It was especially great to have a lot of the problem points in their technologies highlighted and their work-arounds explained.

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Scott E.

    A little late but Good talk

    2 · December 12, 2013

  • Daniel G.

    Dang. Last minut plans came up. I can't make it :( I hope to make the next one!

    November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will be out of town, but thought I'd share the Sourcegraph pages for celery, in case anyone might find it useful when learning how to use it / who uses it:

    November 20, 2013

  • Yev C.

    I've been craving celery;)

    November 20, 2013

  • Yev C.

    I've been craving celery;)

    November 20, 2013

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