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Re: CTO School list: "Raleigh vs Austin" - Thanks Daniel, Michael, Jesse and Dan. It is a good starting point for me. Rahul A. Mar 21, 2019 12:10 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Raleigh vs Austin" - One option have an employee move to the city and work remotely. It gives you someone on the ground to start recruiting and meeting people, and it also helps develop the remote culture at your company.  Dan S. Mar 19, 2019 12:37 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Raleigh vs Austin" - Rahul, Back in Septe Jesse L. Mar 19, 2019 8:36 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for outsourced QA services" - Want to hitchhike off of Daniel’s message / Re: “Looking for T Jesse L. Mar 19, 2019 8:17 AM
Re: Recommendations for outsourced QA services - I had great experience with QATestLab located in Ukraine. I was the onsite QA Manager at that time and each of their testers was of the highest quality. Thanks Phanikanth Phanikanth R. Mar 19, 2019 8:11 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Raleigh vs Austin" - I just met with the founder of BeyondHQ.co .  They just raised venture financing from prominent VCs to build a company to help companies expand to other locations.  One of my former pro Michael B. Mar 19, 2019 2:05 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Raleigh vs Austin" - I would start with why are you looking out of state?  Sometimes it sounds like a good idea but when thought about in the big picture it isn't. Common reasons are:  Saving Money - Make sure you look Daniel R. Mar 18, 2019 9:43 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for outsourced QA services" - Whether you hire a QA tester or outsource to a third-party it is a question of intention and comprehension.  If your co-founder is able to explain what they are looking for in a clear way then you'll have great luck transferring the ta Daniel R. Mar 18, 2019 9:11 PM
Raleigh vs Austin - Hi guys, I have been asked to look at expanding our tech from Jersey city to out of tristate. As of now Raleigh or Austin are the options. We are a sports betting company out of NJ in the Azure, C# world looking for talent outside of tristate. Does any Rahul A. Mar 18, 2019 8:56 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for outsourced QA services" - Tony, We provide that service to various clients, so naturally I have some experience with how it should be setup to make sure it works well. IMHO two things should be put in place: (a) You'll Alexander Mar 18, 2019 8:31 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Recommendations for outsourced QA services" - Have you considered outsourcing pair programming as part of QA? Essentially an extra pair of eyes and tested rolled into one. Given your current s David N. Mar 18, 2019 8:27 PM
Recommendations for outsourced QA services - Currently my co-founder spends a few hours / week before every deploy running through our app to make sure there are no issues. It's not the best use of his time and he is naturally selective because he won't test parts of the app h Tony Mar 18, 2019 8:20 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Video tutorial software suggestion?" - Just to follow up on Mikes comments: Peter B. Mar 15, 2019 12:04 PM
RE: CTO School list: "Video tutorial software suggestion?" - Mike G. Mar 15, 2019 11:56 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Video tutorial software suggestion?" - Preview not available Denis S. Mar 15, 2019 11:20 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Video tutorial software suggestion?" - +1 for ScreenFlow on Mac -Daniel Chvatik CTO Highline Residential [address removed] > On Mar 15, 2019, at 8:42 AM, Peter Bell (Meetup) wrote: > > > Peter Bell (Assistant Organizer) sent a message to the CTO School Daniel C. Mar 15, 2019 10:57 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Video tutorial software suggestion?" - Camtasia on Win or Screenflow on a Mac Peter B. Mar 15, 2019 8:41 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Video tutorial software suggestion?" - Hi David, Here is my stack for creating videos like this: 1.) Fusing large government datasets : Abhishek P. Mar 15, 2019 7:28 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Video tutorial software suggestion?" - +1 for Camtasia. On Fri, Mar 15, 2019, 6:27 AM David Nagrosst (Meetup) < [address removed] > wrote: Joseph W. Mar 15, 2019 6:56 AM
Video tutorial software suggestion? - Hi CTO School David N. Mar 15, 2019 6:27 AM
Re: CTO School list: "SignalR / Windows App" - One of our team members has SignalR experience (told me it's hard to debug), in case anyone else has an issue on this. Will reach out directly. Dominic T. Mar 14, 2019 10:12 AM
Re: CTO School list: "SignalR / Windows App" - I had a contractor previously that did a lot of work with it. Ivan --  [address removed] . Feel free to reach out. Sidenote: we avoided Si Micah S. Mar 12, 2019 3:17 PM
SignalR / Windows App - Mike G. Mar 12, 2019 2:50 PM
Re: CTO School list: "QA" - Hey Vijay, Been a lo Jesse L. Mar 12, 2019 2:08 PM
Re: CTO School list: "QA" - GetDevs has a particularly strong team of QA. Their CEO Charles Palmer is one of the most upstanding guys I know.  Dominic T. Mar 12, 2019 1:29 PM
RE: CTO School list: "Your favorite VPN" - John N. Mar 12, 2019 9:23 AM
Next Startup Lean Coffee - Fri 3/22 - Startup Lean Coffee is a monthly gathering of founders, early employees, advisors, investors, and anyone involved or interested in joining the startup world in any capacity. Our sole purpose Geoff S. Mar 12, 2019 8:48 AM
RE: CTO School list: "Knowledge Management - Alexa for Business" - Mike G. Mar 12, 2019 8:18 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Your favorite VPN" - + 1 for AlgoVPN. It’s simple to setup for yourself on any cloud provider. On Mar 11, Andrew S. Mar 12, 2019 7:32 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Knowledge Management - Alexa for Business" - This basically sounds like what IBM claims is Watson's bread-and-butter. For those who can't afford a contract with IBM, smaller players have intelligent agents you can train with your knowledge bases and with past conversatio Ariel P. Mar 12, 2019 4:07 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Knowledge Management - Alexa for Business" - From the description it sounds like your friend wants to build a knowledge graph. All the voice assistants use Wikidata and Semantic Web technologies in the background. Unfortunately Semweb hasn't gone mainstream w/ corps (yet) bec Joe D. Mar 12, 2019 1:26 AM
Knowledge Management - Alexa for Business - Mike G. Mar 12, 2019 12:23 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Your favorite VPN" - I wrote AlgoVPN. Here's why: https://blog.trailofbits.com/2­016/12/12/meet-algo-the-vpn-th­at-works/ -Dan Dan G. Mar 11, 2019 11:19 PM
Your favorite VPN - Hello Everyone, I am curious what VPN do you use and why you like or don't like it.  Thank you in advance, Nelly. --- Nelly Y. Mar 11, 2019 10:50 PM
QA - I've used RainforestQA at a previous company but any applause users here, or of any other on-demand QA service? Think "utest" is the tester-side of the applause marketplace. Love to hear your experiences and how you used them vijay v. Mar 11, 2019 6:26 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Becoming Proficient at a Client's Tech Stack?" - I can’t speak to this at a CTO, but I’ve been doing it as a developer consultant for the last four years, and I’ve found that the more different stacks I learn, the easier it gets to learn new ones. At a certain point, it all lo Adam T. Mar 10, 2019 12:20 PM
Becoming Proficient at a Client's Tech Stack? - As I get more clients for my CTO-as-a-Service thing, I am exposed to more and more technologies that I don't really have a working knowledge of. I just finished a personal spike in which I taught myself React Native, Marc A. Mar 10, 2019 11:11 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Kill Bill / Recurly?" - I went through this exact process recently -- we had a home grown subscription system as well as home grown integration with a payment gateway. One thing you will want to consider is whether you want the subscription mana Kenneth L. Mar 6, 2019 5:49 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Kill Bill / Recurly?" - Hi Yuri, Haven't Andres T. Mar 6, 2019 5:44 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Kill Bill / Recurly?" - Hi Yuri, I've used Recurly on several projects for the last couple of years. Happy to share my experience. On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 4:58 PM Yuri Broze (Meetup) < george z. Mar 6, 2019 5:36 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Kill Bill / Recurly?" - My Zuora experience is 5-6 years out of date so this might not still be true but at the time: Jim J. Mar 6, 2019 5:26 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Kill Bill / Recurly?" - This is super timely - we're doing the same but looking for a commercial solution that replaces our homegrown systems.  We're looking at chargify, chargebee(s) and zuora.  Vijay vijay v. Mar 6, 2019 5:09 PM
Kill Bill / Recurly? - Hi all, We're currently considering a major overhaul of our subscription and e-commerce billing systems, and are weighing our options. Would anybody here have personal experience with Recurly, as opposed to Kill Bill Yuri B. Mar 6, 2019 4:57 PM
Re: Service to identify "Existing Alternatives" from Lean Canvas? - Hi all, Since this email I've come across  https://www.capterra.com which seems to do the job in case it helps anyone else. Amadeus Amadeus S. Mar 5, 2019 5:26 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Anti Patterns" - I appreciate Martin Fowler's note on antipatterns and context: Matt H. Mar 4, 2019 9:05 AM
Re: CTO School list: "SSO capability for a cloud SaaS product" - If you are required or value running your own identity provider, I'd recommend installing the open source https://www.keycloak.org/ They Alec L. Mar 2, 2019 5:18 PM
RE: CTO School list: "SSO capability for a cloud SaaS product" - Mike G. Mar 2, 2019 3:35 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Anti Patterns" - I came across the concept of AntiPatterns with the Rails AntiPatterns book  around[masked]. Really solid read, and applicable to Dominic T. Mar 2, 2019 2:44 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Anti Patterns" - Great topic! Anti-patterns is something that I am surprised so few developers know about. The one I find most interesting is the Singleton anti-pattern, which isn't listed there of course. In it's pure form it's a design pa Brent B. Mar 1, 2019 6:01 PM
Anti Patterns - Jimmy F. Mar 1, 2019 4:36 PM
Re: CTO School list: "SSO capability for a cloud SaaS product" - We rolled our own SSO implementation at my last job, I would not recommend it, there's a lot of edge cases with the various SSO IdP providers. From a realistic security standpoint there's a much greater chance of a custom implem Sam K. Mar 1, 2019 2:01 PM
Re: CTO School list: "AWS Athena in a production environment?" - Similar to a client of ours had as a problem (utilizing DynamoDB) Solution was to utilize ElasticSearch and perform an ETL on the CSV (eventually working with the data source to provide a REST-based API and replace the CS Dominic T. Mar 1, 2019 10:21 AM
Re: CTO School list: "SSO capability for a cloud SaaS product" - Cognito has some odd product decisions that aren’t obvious - a bunch of characters in passwords aren’t allowed ( Jim J. Mar 1, 2019 10:21 AM
Re: CTO School list: "SSO capability for a cloud SaaS product" - In terms of 2FA // AD, these are the top we recommend: Amazon Cognito - by far the best priced and excellent Okta Auth0 Custom SAML or rolling your own OAuth standard implementation usually is a goo Dominic T. Mar 1, 2019 10:16 AM
Re: CTO School list: "SSO capability for a cloud SaaS product" - We had the exact same use case, with large enterprise clients in public safety space requiring us to create a way to log into our cloud S Alex K. Mar 1, 2019 8:02 AM
Re: CTO School list: "SSO capability for a cloud SaaS product" - I think clients are becoming more and more comfortable with their Andrew S. Feb 28, 2019 3:16 PM
SSO capability for a cloud SaaS product - Hello all, We have been required by a large client of our enterprise SaaS solution to allow their users to log into our platform via their on-prem Active Directory server (for SSO). Our product is Arad S. Feb 28, 2019 2:52 PM
Re: CTO School list: "AWS Athena in a production environment?" - We have used Athena as well and it is not recommended for front end facing products. It enables yo Rahul A. Feb 28, 2019 8:31 AM
Re: CTO School list: "AWS Athena in a production environment?" - Agreed - Athena is not recommended for a high performance ad hoc data warehouse. I suggest using some sort of data transform or enrichment into a differ Chris B. Feb 27, 2019 11:20 PM
Re: CTO School list: "AWS Athena in a production environment?" - Whenever we got stuck with something at AWS, we've had consistently good success with AWS Tech Support. We tend to not think about that, but they have giant teams of people who look at these types of things all the time.  Naveen A. Feb 27, 2019 6:08 PM
Re: CTO School list: "AWS Athena in a production environment?" - You can try moving the data to Apache Parquet format which should be faster, but I don't think Athena will be a great fit for fast user facing ad-hoc queries. I second what Mike suggested as updated to the UI if you d David R. Feb 27, 2019 4:51 PM
Re: CTO School list: "AWS Athena in a production environment?" - We use Athena, but only as a backend for ad-hoc analysis - anything that needs a better responsiveness, we tend to look at other data stores, migrating data where necessary. The Athena responsiveness isn't there just yet, as it has Mike F. Feb 27, 2019 3:13 PM
Re: CTO School list: "CI/CD framework" - I'd add a recommendation with AWS Fargate over K8S - less complexity overall. AWS CodePipeline can do a fair amount of the heavy lifting in the orchestration arena and dovetails nicely. -M Mike F. Feb 27, 2019 3:09 PM
Re: CTO School list: "CI/CD framework" - Not on your list, but we recently did a proof of concept with azure pipelines and it was legit.  However, we stick with jenkins because we have tons of repos + services and it's cost effective for us with that scena Micah S. Feb 27, 2019 2:16 PM
Re: CTO School list: "CI/CD framework" - I've used Jenkins in the past at enterprise organization(s) and it served it's purpose for CI/DB -- even though it was old and crusty... it got the job done and we could host it internally within our own VPC.  But customizing Morgan C. Feb 27, 2019 1:54 PM
RE: CTO School list: "Android mobile exchange?" - Dean C. Feb 27, 2019 1:26 PM
Re: CTO School list: "CI/CD framework" - We are using BitBucket > AWS CD for all applications, both for application and container building, and deployment into ECS. There are some hiccups, for instance, you can't really specify "tags" in AWS CD Oytun T. Feb 27, 2019 1:05 PM
Re: CTO School list: "CI/CD framework" - I haven't had too much experience with most of these, but I'll share what I have. Have used Jenkins in the past. Seems OK, but perhaps getting a bit old. Current job uses CircleCI. (Was in place before I got here.) Generally works OK, and cos David R. Feb 27, 2019 12:00 PM
AWS Athena in a production environment? - Hello everyone, Miguel Ángel F. Feb 27, 2019 11:52 AM
CI/CD framework - Hello everyone, Miguel Ángel F. Feb 27, 2019 11:43 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Who do you go to for small contract work?" - I found out that one freelance developer for small gigs as the one you mentioned is not enough. You need to understand that you're a "small fish" for them, once they receive an offer for a bigger project you're out :\ Itamar Y. Feb 27, 2019 9:07 AM
RE: CTO School list: "Who do you go to for small contract work?" - Paul P Feb 27, 2019 8:55 AM
Who do you go to for small contract work? - Hello folks, I'm sure many of you are regular contacted by non-technical who need help finding someone to solve problem X e.g. build a web site for me, upgrade my CMS, migrate my database, etc.. Ariel P. Feb 27, 2019 8:28 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Chief Architect Role & Responsibilities" - I've worked in architecture roles for the last eight years or so.  Held the chief architect title for several years and certainly worked with lots of other architects across several sectors - pharma, finance, eCommerce.  The role chan Jonathan H. Feb 23, 2019 4:32 AM
RE: CTO School list: "Chief Architect Role & Responsibilities" - Michael I. Feb 22, 2019 3:30 PM
Re: CTO School list: "[Recommendations Wanted] Offshore Development Shops that you have Personally Used" - I've worked with Castle.co (they have a few people in North Carolina, but most of their team is in Russia). They are a "venture services" firm, but I found them competent and they had some great developers on staff. Could have Marc G Feb 22, 2019 10:16 AM
Re: CTO School list: "[Recommendations Wanted] Offshore Development Shops that you have Personally Used" - I've worked with nan-labs.com based out of Argentina and they were great.  They were big enough and deep enough to scale during big sprints and epics. Best, Denis Denis S. Feb 22, 2019 12:06 AM
Re: CTO School list: "[Recommendations Wanted] Offshore Development Shops that you have Personally Used" - I worked with Truelogic ( https://www.truelogicsoftware.­com/ ).  They are based in Argentina, but employ developers all over Latin America.  Anthony L. Feb 21, 2019 8:10 PM
Re: CTO School list: "[Recommendations Wanted] Offshore Development Shops that you have Personally Used" - Looks like I've missed the start of this discussion, otherwise I would have added my $.02 right then: Klaus S. Feb 21, 2019 6:01 PM
Re: CTO School list: "[Recommendations Wanted] Offshore Development Shops that you have Personally Used" - Not OP, but very timely for me as well. Thanks for all the recommendations. I had an initial conversation with DataArt and it seems like they might be a good fit for us. I'd be curious to speak to those of you who rec Ilya B. Feb 21, 2019 5:53 PM
Re: CTO School list: "ERP recommends" - We evaluated ERPs last year. It’s a nightmare landscape of poor UX. Dominic T. Feb 21, 2019 10:00 AM
ERP recommends - Hi all, Does anyone have any experience of "modern" cloud-based ERPs? Specifically to be used for resource (equipment, venue, staff) allocation for a training company. We use Arlo.co for event management which h Amadeus S. Feb 19, 2019 9:02 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Chief Architect Role & Responsibilities" - We have defined Roles & Responsibilities internal for Digital Architect and Director of Architecture and Client Solutions.  The C-level of the role would best be answered by Marc, I believe. Dominic T. Feb 18, 2019 11:44 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Chief Architect Role & Responsibilities" - Interesting/relevant article I came across recently on that topic: https://www.toptal.com/softwar­e-architect#hiring-guide Felix L. Feb 18, 2019 6:40 PM
Chief Architect Role & Responsibilities - Hello! I was curious to hear what y'all perceive to be the role and responsibility of a chief architect in the technology department of a mid-to-large company. The term is widely used, and ver Mike F. Feb 18, 2019 6:19 PM
Re: CTO School list: "MailChimp alternatives?" - Just realized you're in my former building! We had s Jamie A. Feb 15, 2019 2:38 PM
Re: CTO School list: "MailChimp alternatives?" - We recently forked Mautic for much smarter/more visible email flows. We are starting to use this for our transactional emails as well (via our microservice plugin which we are going to open source soon). Oytun T. Feb 15, 2019 2:31 PM
Re: CTO School list: "MailChimp alternatives?" - Jimmy, First off, I LOVE your site & service ;-) I've used and setup a bunch of these: sendgrid is great, listrak is good also.  I've also setup custom integrations using Amazon SES, Denis S. Feb 15, 2019 1:25 PM
Re: CTO School list: "MailChimp alternatives?" - Customer.io Jamie A. Feb 15, 2019 12:44 PM
Re: CTO School list: "MailChimp alternatives?" - We have been using SendGrid for 2 years now and very happy with their UI and also the API they provide. Pricing is reasonable. On Fri, Feb 15, 2019, 9:33 AM Jimmy M. (Meetup) < Yossi L. Feb 15, 2019 12:43 PM
MailChimp alternatives? - Hello all - We've been using MailChimp for some time and they've recently made some changes that have made their service exceptionally buggy. Their support team isn't helping, and their senior leadership his h Jimmy M. Feb 15, 2019 12:33 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Hiring needs" - There are a few NYC-based Slack workspaces. One is called NYCTech and the other is called NYC Devs. Both have #jobs channels. I will be in your boat in another month or two, as one of my clients may want to hire a good C# Marc A. Feb 13, 2019 4:56 PM
Hiring needs - Hello, I was wondering what online sites people use to find developers in the Microsoft space (Azure, C#) and Devops in Azure and Docker space. Recruiters is not something my company wants to use. We are using LinkedIn and Stack overflow. Both have Rahul A. Feb 13, 2019 12:07 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Making build vs buy decisions" - Of course I worry about what I don’t know, but I don’t believe amazon support will be able to answer the questions faster than a consultant. I’ve worked with many vendors across a lot of product space and frankly by the time we Francis G. Feb 11, 2019 10:10 AM
Re: CTO School list: "Making build vs buy decisions" - p.MsoNormal,p.MsoNoSpacing{mar­gin:0} Neville, That's a great idea and start. I can already seeing it playing out pretty Dan G. Feb 10, 2019 11:10 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Making build vs buy decisions" - p.MsoNormal,p.MsoNoSpacing{mar­gin:0} Marc, Yea - it's also been the AWS playbook. They may not have the best technology Dan G. Feb 10, 2019 11:04 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Making build vs buy decisions" - p.MsoNormal,p.MsoNoSpacing{mar­gin:0} Rahul - appreciate you response. We have been using Kafka for a few years now and have managed to keep it stable (#f Dan G. Feb 10, 2019 10:54 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Making build vs buy decisions" - p.MsoNormal,p.MsoNoSpacing{mar­gin:0} Francis - in your case do you worry about you reaching the limit of your in house knowledge to maintain/manage Redis Dan G. Feb 10, 2019 10:51 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Making build vs buy decisions" - p.MsoNormal,p.MsoNoSpacing{mar­gin:0} Thanks for the response. Yea - this makes a ton of sense but I really want some sor Dan G. Feb 10, 2019 10:48 PM
Re: CTO School list: "Making build vs buy decisions" - Dan- Many of these messages offer some good advice and experience with some of the vendors you mentioned. Always a helpful mailing list! Neville S. Feb 10, 2019 4:26 PM

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