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Re: CTO School list: "Bloomreach experience?" - Thanks, Jesse, will connect directly! Geoff S. Oct 15, 2019 5:59 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Bloomreach experience?" - Geoff (If shows as replying to someone else, my apologies… Somet Jesse L. Oct 15, 2019 11:22 AM
Bloomreach experience? - Hi All, I have a client who uses Bloomreach; and I suspect that they are using it very poorly. I'm seeing indications like it's taki Geoff S. Oct 15, 2019 10:10 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Office Network Help" - Meraki have a hell of a time with dense open floor plans but to be fair so will any manufacturer. Unifi are a strong contender in this space and you're not locked in to service contracts but still have centralized management. Whate Francis G. Oct 1, 2019 10:21 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Office Network Help" - Another +1 for Meraki. Their product is excellent and makes your life a lot easier. It’s not cheap but worth the money if you factor in the time it saves on your end and in keeping your office productive. We have a solutions provider we can recomme Daniel C. Oct 1, 2019 4:43 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Office Network Help" - Hi Jared - I've sadly had quite a bit of experience with Managed Ser Rich W. Oct 1, 2019 4:36 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Office Network Help" - I've used Geosot ( geosot.com ) across two companies now. I'm happy to outsource our wifi and internet to them. They chose Meraki and ZyWall, which I can login from anywhere and check myself if there Brent B. Oct 1, 2019 3:45 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Office Network Help" - Hi Jared! I don't have any person in mind, but I can't rave enough about using Meraki (acquired by Cisco) for office wifi. They provide a full-featured managed service, and provide a pile of diagnostic tools, including bandwidth Mike F. Oct 1, 2019 3:10 PM
Office Network Help - Hey CTO school members, I need some advice. Our office network has begun to perform poorly as Bespoke Post has grown. At this point, we have almost 50 people in our office and the network setup that was previously fine seems to be stru Jared H. Oct 1, 2019 2:44 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Using EDI?" - Yes, we found ourselves implementing EDI as our business moved from mostly SaaS to also shipping an increasing number of physical goods with multiple vendor partners. We used Dell Boomi as an integration intermediary, for what it’s Aaron H. Sep 27, 2019 5:25 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Running credit checks via API" - Preview not available Uri E. Sep 26, 2019 5:53 PM
Running credit checks via API - Hi. Does anyone have experience running consumer credit checks via an API. The space seems very opaque, I reached out to tons of vendors and everyone seems to resell from someone else, the APIs are tricky to use (weird XML APIs). Any advice/pointers Daniel C. Sep 26, 2019 5:47 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Using EDI?" - I remember writing a paper on trends in EDI back in ’89 in colle Peter B. Sep 26, 2019 5:43 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Using EDI?" - I am happy to discuss as well. We built our first EDI integration 6 years back and still use X12 to exchange information with insurance companies.  On Thu, Sep 26, 20 Gaurav G. Sep 26, 2019 5:36 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Using EDI?" - I'm a little out of date but I became familiar with "the next generation" of provider when I talked with  https://www.stedi.com/  a few years ago.  Don't know the current status but th Michael B. Sep 26, 2019 5:36 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Using EDI?" - Happy to share stories and help, have needed to do this since my banking days to onboard a large number of partners. On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 7:46 PM Mike B Siddharth J. Sep 26, 2019 5:31 PM
Using EDI? - Anyone here using EDI for data interchange with customers or partners? I'm on the lookout for anyone interested in swapping stories, sharing advice, and maybe commiserating. :D Mike Mike B. Sep 26, 2019 2:45 PM
Risk-assessment? - Hi all, What do all of you do for risk assessment?  We have a vendor that we're currently using, but I'm curious about other options... anything from a firm (any recommendations?) to internal (how much time does Sergey K. Sep 19, 2019 7:53 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Re: Paying for Green Card sponsorship" - Wait, we’ve found something we can all agree on?! Peter B. Sep 18, 2019 9:27 AM
Re: Paying for Green Card sponsorship - Thanks to everyone who replied about this. It seems unanimous that the company should pay. I appreciate the advice. -Steve Steve S. Sep 18, 2019 9:18 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Paying for Green Card sponsorship" - This one hits close to home. I am in this country solely because a company took a chance on me, and decided to sponsor me. The H-1 visa is a bit easier now, than it was then but the difficulty remains.  The previous replier is vijay v. Sep 17, 2019 1:53 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Paying for Green Card sponsorship" - I would agree with Karen, Joe, and Jean. We do this on a fairly regular Rich W. Sep 17, 2019 12:49 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Paying for Green Card sponsorship" - Hey Steve, I’ve hired folks like that before. Definitely the *company* pays all the fees. No cost-shifting to the employee. There a Kareen K. Sep 17, 2019 12:04 PM
RE: CTO School list: "Paying for Green Card sponsorship" - Dean C. Sep 17, 2019 11:14 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Paying for Green Card sponsorship" - Steve, I'm not sure about Green Cards, but companies are legally required to pay any filing fees associated with an employee / potential employee applying for a work visas (e.g., H1B). There are additional requirements for visas li Joe M. Sep 17, 2019 11:04 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Paying for Green Card sponsorship" - Hello. as a company, we 100% pay  green card sponsorship for highly valued employees as a perk. Its independent of any other bonuses etc. We make sure the employee is guided through the process as well, as Christopher O. Sep 17, 2019 11:01 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Paying for Green Card sponsorship" - I am not a lawyer, but from being involved in these before, the company has to pay for it, full stop.  Thanks, Jean Jean B. Sep 17, 2019 10:46 AM
Paying for Green Card sponsorship - Hi all, I have an employee who's interested in the company sponsoring him for a Green Card. I understand the legal costs and filing fees can be in excess of $10,000. I'm curious whether this is usually paid by the Steve S. Sep 17, 2019 10:43 AM
CTO School Meetup Thu, Sep 12 - Jason Wong on Bootstrapping Inclusion - RSVP Now! - Hello, We are meeting this Thursday at 6:30pm.  RSVP here , we still have a few spots left (note new location at 90 5th Ave).   This mon Jean B. Sep 10, 2019 12:16 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Accessibility consultants (WCAG 2.1 compliance)" - I can help. Drop me or James a line at [address removed] or [address removed] . I Co-Founded Global Accessibility Awareness Day (  Joe D. Sep 4, 2019 6:46 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Accessibility consultants (WCAG 2.1 compliance)" - Leonié Watson ( https://tink.uk/ ) offers free “office hours” via Skype and may be Jim J. Sep 4, 2019 6:17 PM
Accessibility consultants (WCAG 2.1 compliance) - Hi all, We're interested in doing a full audit and figuring out opportunities for improvement. Any recommendations would be welcome! Andres Tuul Head of Engineering @ The Farmer's Dog Andres T. Sep 4, 2019 5:36 PM
Re: CTO School list: "DevOps/SRE for smallish (<20) companies in 2019: FTE or managed services?" - I've also used Pythian before and strongly recommend them! Geoff S. Aug 29, 2019 11:05 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Hardware selling/buying // Question about where to place" - Thanks Gerry, this is very helpful! Dominic T. Aug 28, 2019 2:12 PM
Re: CTO School list: "DevOps/SRE for smallish (<20) companies in 2019: FTE or managed services?" - We have TechOps in-house from early stages, which in my opinion makes it less nerve wracking and more reliable. Not sure about cost effective as I haven't checked any vendor. Saying that we don't have DBA as it is included with our Yossi L. Aug 28, 2019 3:49 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Hardware selling/buying // Question about where to place" - Hi Dominic, There is a company Gerry S. Aug 27, 2019 4:31 PM
Re: CTO School list: "DevOps/SRE for smallish (<20) companies in 2019: FTE or managed services?" - Good afternoon,  My office has been using an outsourced SRE team for several years and they're good, reliable and there hasn't been a lot of turnover on their side.  For an MSP, that's a good thing.   Guy A. Aug 27, 2019 4:02 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Hardware selling // Question about where to place" - Dom, Not sure on any good answers here.  But I may be interested for myself. (Let's connect offline [address removed] )  You can also try Amazon.  I liquidated a whole bunch of Denis S. Aug 27, 2019 3:58 PM
Re: CTO School list: "DevOps/SRE for smallish (<20) companies in 2019: FTE or managed services?" - Good question Jimmy. We have 2 in-house SRE / DevOps (they're retitling to be SRE's though I used to call them DevOps Leads) that handle both IT and Hosting. There's a short-list we ha Dominic T. Aug 27, 2019 3:45 PM
Hardware selling // Question about where to place - Hi All, Has anyone ever had to sell their hardware? We overpurchased for 2019 and I was curious if anyone had recommendations for where to sell it. We've several new-and-used Mac devices, and are looking to offload th Dominic T. Aug 27, 2019 3:42 PM
DevOps/SRE for smallish (<20) companies in 2019: FTE or managed services? - Hello - I've contacted a few of you on this list about a need for some help in the area of SRE / DevOps - but I wanted to hear from those from smallish companies:  Do you have p Jimmy M. Aug 27, 2019 3:10 PM
Fall CTO Summits Call For Presentations - NYC, Chicago, Denver, Seattle - Hello, One of CTO School Co-Founders, Peter Bell, has been running CTO Summits for the last several years.  These are always high-quality events geared to Sr. Engineering Leaders.  The NYC one is Jean B. Aug 26, 2019 6:36 AM
Re: CTO School list: "PostgreSQL database consultant needed for troubleshooting" - If you haven't already done so you should install pghero.  https://github.com/ankane/pghe­ro It can Daniel R. Aug 21, 2019 2:19 PM
Re: CTO School list: "PostgreSQL database consultant needed for troubleshooting" - Hey Steve,  I hired this guy a while ago. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ad­ymo I'm not sure he's still available Itamar Y. Aug 21, 2019 12:53 PM
Re: CTO School list: "PostgreSQL database consultant needed for troubleshooting" - Hi Steve! I have just the guy - shoot me an email at [address removed] and I'll intro you two! Best, -M Mike F. Aug 21, 2019 12:42 PM
PostgreSQL database consultant needed for troubleshooting - Hi all, My PostgreSQL database, hosted on Amazon RDS, has recently started having performance issues, with CPU usage at or close to 100% most of the time. I've done some basic troubleshooting by examining logs but don Steve S. Aug 21, 2019 7:54 AM
Transitioning Out of CTO - Hi All-- I was wondering if anyone here has any experience and advice with transitioning out of a CTO role? So the company i co-founded has found traction and success, and I've decided that I'd like to transition Micah S. Aug 19, 2019 4:45 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Resume/career coach in San Jose area" - Christine Young was very helpful to me. She can be best r Duncan Aug 15, 2019 2:06 PM
Resume/career coach in San Jose area - Hi all, A colleague of mine is looking for help crafting a resume and possibly some one-on-one career coaching. He's 30, working as a data scientist, and trying to get a new position in the same field. Is there near S Steve S. Aug 13, 2019 7:51 PM
Former CTO and all around genius moving to NYC - A friend of mine from Sweden, Bjorn, is moving to New York at the end of October and will stay initially William B. Aug 9, 2019 4:36 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Temporary engineering replacement for parental leave" - Hi Jim, Believe ther Jesse L. Aug 9, 2019 8:30 AM
Temporary engineering replacement for parental leave - Any firms anyone would recommend for sourcing a temporary on-prem replacement for an employee going on parental leave? Jim J. Aug 8, 2019 5:06 PM
How Do You Annotate Your Data? - Hey CTOs, I'm curious how folks annotate their data to be used in ML pipelines (NLP/Vision) and what their experiences have been. Production/applied buck Aug 6, 2019 11:51 AM
Re: Learning Swift - good resources? - I highly recommend the Stanford Course -- Tony Jul 24, 2019 6:28 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Learning Swift - good resources?" - Ray Wenderlich is like a defacto standard for mobile programming, check out his Swift / IOS stuff Udemy has solid courses Dominic T. Jul 23, 2019 11:08 AM
Learning Swift - good resources? - Hello - We're thinking about undertaking an iOS project and I'd like to bone up on my Swift knowledge. I did a lot of objective-C iOS development back in the dark ages [masked]) but I've not tried my hand at Jimmy M. Jul 23, 2019 10:07 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Google Cloud vs. AWS" - Worth pointing out also, there is a business objective here around enterprise offerings and cloud-native.  Having built a software product on AWS and then talking to a large retailer like Walmart (competes with amazon), they had reservatio Morgan C. Jul 18, 2019 9:10 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Google Cloud vs. AWS" - One thing to consider is cost.  I think TCO on GCP is much lower over the long-haul.  My company just went through this exercise of GCP vs AWS and we picked the latter.  Simply put, for a small startup, the developer/application/to Sanjay J. Jul 17, 2019 8:09 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Google Cloud vs. AWS" - GCP is a lot less feature-rich and mature than AWS. While Google certainly has the strongest golang expertise, AWS is hardly lacking in support for that language. Unless you have some specific need that Amazon is not fulfilling, I wouldn Jake B. Jul 16, 2019 4:42 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Google Cloud vs. AWS" - Considering this is for a startup, I would recommend using whichever provider the team can move most quickly with and requires the lowest overhead to manage. Sounds like that was why AWS was chosen previously. Assuming you Benjamin S. Jul 16, 2019 4:27 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Google Cloud vs. AWS" - How are you using it today? Are you running in ec2, some other way? Compute at google vs compute at AWS are fairly apples to apples. Chris B. Jul 16, 2019 3:52 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Google Cloud vs. AWS" - Hi, I just taught myself Golang a few weeks ago, and in fact, I wrote a three-part series on writing a "Slash Command" for Slack using AWS, Golang, and Lambda. The article can be found here: Marc A. Jul 16, 2019 1:09 PM
Google Cloud vs. AWS - Hello CTOs, A startup that I'm working with is using golang as it's primary programming language and at the beginning of the project we went with AWS as the hosting provider because of familiarity.   Nelly Y. Jul 16, 2019 12:50 PM
Re: CTO School list: "How do you find consultants to help with specific tech stack problems? (In this case: graphql on python)" - Hi Jeff - My CEO is against using recruiters so I've been forced to Rich W. Jul 12, 2019 6:16 PM
Re: CTO School list: "How do you find consultants to help with specific tech stack problems? (In this case: graphql on python)" - Jeff - have you tried reaching out directly to the owners / maintainers of those projects? Sometimes they are willing to do some contracted work or know other key contributors who would want to help. Ken Kenneth L. Jul 12, 2019 5:21 PM
How do you find consultants to help with specific tech stack problems? (In this case: graphql on python) - Hi all, The nonprofit I’ve been working with is using graphql and in general loving it, but are having performance problems with Graphene-SQLAlchemy and not in the normal known way. The team's senior backend eng has unfortunately had some major hea Jeff P. Jul 12, 2019 8:43 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Hiring/Candidate tracking platforms" - We started using Google Hire recently. The integration with gmail makes it really easy to keep up, the canned emails/invites/responses are good enough to be used before we have time to personalize them. The Updates page seems inspired Pierre S. Jul 8, 2019 7:22 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Hiring/Candidate tracking platforms" - I've used Workable and Greenhouse. Both are pretty miserable if Andres T. Jul 8, 2019 3:21 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Hiring/Candidate tracking platforms" - Great question.  We use Jazz . Solid UX, Solid CX, can link out or embed Job pages, etc. There are several ATS's out there you could check out.  Dominic T. Jul 8, 2019 1:41 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Hiring/Candidate tracking platforms" - I've used Greenhouse at multiple companies, it definitely is for the "enterprise" levels. Personally I think it has too much functionality and thus has gotten complicated. I chose Lever at my current company and have been pret Brent B. Jul 8, 2019 1:39 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Hiring/Candidate tracking platforms" - Hi Paul  Take a look into the ATS (applicant tracking system) space - Greenhouse, Lever, et. al. are worth a look. Cheers, Mike Atlas Mike A. Jul 8, 2019 1:36 PM
Hiring/Candidate tracking platforms - Hi folks, Has anyone had a good experience with any of the hiring/candidate tracking platforms that are out there - I am finding I really need something to help manage the volume of communication and am hoping Paul C. Jul 8, 2019 1:33 PM
CTO School Meetup at QCon Tomorrow (Monday) with Patrick Kua, author of three books! - Hello, We are super-excited to welcome Patrick Kua as our speaker this month.    Patrick is the Chief Scientist and former CTO at modern bank N25 in Germany. He is very well known in the technology Jean B. Jun 23, 2019 12:02 PM
Fwd: CTO School list: "Property management software integrator" - Hey Jonathan We have a lot of Yardi/Rentcafe knowledge and experience. Uri E. Jun 20, 2019 4:04 PM
Property management software integrator - Does anyone know a good software contractor to help with a property management integration for Yardi? Yardi requires you to use a certified consultant ( https://www.yardi.com/ Jonathan K. Jun 20, 2019 3:31 PM
Re: CTO School list: ".NET Developers" - I can also agree to that. I had 2 open positions for strong C# developer and I could not fill them. Worst I got under 10 applications in couple of month Rahul A. Jun 19, 2019 8:18 PM
Re: CTO School list: ".NET Developers" - I know two, brilliant .NET developer I've used for 10+ years. DM me off-list and I'll intro you Dominic T. Jun 19, 2019 4:53 PM
.NET Developers - (Trying to send this again, because my initial reply never showed up in the mailing list) Hi Dulio, Yes, it *is* very difficult to find .NET developers. I had to hire two .NET developers Marc A. Jun 19, 2019 3:52 PM
Re: CTO School list: ".Net / Web Freelancers" - Hi Dulio - It sounds like my stack is similar to yours: .NET Core on the Rich W. Jun 19, 2019 3:03 PM
.Net / Web Freelancers - Hey team - I am in need of some .Net / web freelancers and would appreciate any recommendations. I've been having a difficult time trying to find .Net people since I'm more familiar with other technologies and don't know where t Dulio D. Jun 19, 2019 2:54 PM
Re: Podcast ready for review! - Ugh so sorry everyone - auto complete in Apple Mail failed me horr Peter B. Jun 18, 2019 3:29 PM
Podcast ready for review! - Hi Stacy, So sorry t Peter B. Jun 18, 2019 3:25 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Feature Flag Services" - No need to roll your own. Split.io and Optimizely Full Stack now offer feature flags for free. Of course the goal is to get to the point where you want to go intillegence to them i.e. measure the impact of your features on relevant KPIs. Ariel P. Jun 5, 2019 6:31 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Feature Flag Services" - Personally I’m a huge fan of Edith and the team over at Launch D Peter B. Jun 5, 2019 2:23 PM
Feature Flag Services - Hello, Does anyone have any recommendations on feature flag services? I started looking into LaunchDarkly, but I see also split.io and rollout.io are out there Josh Jun 5, 2019 2:12 PM
Re: CTO School list: "California data privacy law" - You want to speak with  aleada.co -Dan On Wed, Jun 5, 2019 at 11:56 AM vijay venkatesh (Meetup) < Dan G. Jun 5, 2019 12:28 PM
California data privacy law - How are folks responding to or planning for this law which goes into effect Jan 2020? I'd love any referrals you've used - consultants or data analysts who can help a company understand exposure and recommend appr vijay v. Jun 5, 2019 11:56 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Hiring for tech skills you don't have" - Can you take help from somebody you trust? Referral Sameep S. Jun 2, 2019 3:03 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Hiring for tech skills you don't have" - Hi Rob, I have probably interviewed hundreds of people for C#/.NET positions over the years and, in my new CTO-as-a-Service venture, I continue to help my clients by interviewing C#/.NET folks when they are on that stack. Marc A. Jun 2, 2019 2:43 PM
Hiring for tech skills you don't have - Hi folks, Wondering if anyone has tips for doing technical interviews to hire for skills that you don't have in-house yet. Very generally, we have java people and need to hire Microsoft people. Appreciate any ideas from those who have done somethi Rob A. Jun 2, 2019 2:30 PM
Re: CTO School list: "ISO 27001 certification - What was your experience?" - It's been a few years since my last one, but I think it's a fantastic introductory process certification.   Advice -  1. Hi Dwaine May 30, 2019 12:47 PM
ISO 27001 certification - What was your experience? - Hello CTOs, Patricia B. May 30, 2019 11:38 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for Career Coaches" - Preview not available Amitai S. May 29, 2019 9:06 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for Career Coaches" - Great discussion.  To follow up on Vijay's note - here is a list that was compiled a few years ago from a similar question on the list that should have some additional ideas.  Jean B. May 28, 2019 12:13 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for Career Coaches" - Hi,  Thanks for all the replies, I was starting to worry that my message got lost in the ether! > Are you looking for more of "help me through this challenge" or "Help me succe Josh May 28, 2019 11:24 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for Career Coaches" - Probably the best resource I had about 2 years ago was this group itself.  There was a thread about this very topic, that ran 7-8 responses deep, talked about this, and had some great coaches on there.  I worked my way down vijay v. May 28, 2019 10:42 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Big Data Operations - Data Eng SRE ?" - Hi Jean, Sean H. May 27, 2019 9:12 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for Career Coaches" - Are you looking for more of "help me through this challenge" or "Help me succeed in my career"? --- Francis Gu Francis G. May 27, 2019 8:56 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for Career Coaches" - Lara Hogan runs a practice in NYC. Take a look  https://wherewithall.com/manag­er-coaching/#coaches Fazal Y. May 27, 2019 6:24 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Big Data Operations - Data Eng SRE ?" - Hi Jean: Sean and I would be happy to catch up with you and show you how we do this with our offshore team. They  monitor AND auto Larry G. May 23, 2019 6:11 PM

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