6 Speakers Join the Developer-to-Developer Summit

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We’re very excited to welcome our first six speakers to the Developer-to-Developer Summit on July 15, the first event of its kind that’s 100% focused on developers building technologies for other developers.

Alex Salazar is CEO & Co-Founder of Stormpath. Prior to starting Stormpath, Alex was a senior sales executive at IBM where he managed $30M+ accounts and was named Salesperson of the Year. He served R&D and Business units at ESPN, Viacom, Bloomberg, NBC/Universal, and Government entities. Prior to IBM, Alex was an enterprise software developer. He has a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Stanford University. Alex also lives in San Mateo and spends his scarce free time surfing and teaching his daughter to code.

Aaron Jacobson joined NEA in 2011 and is focused on information and energy technology investments, with a strong emphasis on enterprise software, datacenter infrastructure, and communications. Prior to joining NEA, Aaron spent two years at Qatalyst Partners in San Francisco. At Qatalyst, Aaron worked as an Analyst engaged in various M&A transactions, which included the sale of PopCap Games to Electronic Arts, the sale of Riot Games to Tencent, the strategic investment in Go Daddy from KKR / Silver Lake / TCV, the sale of Palm to HP, and Conexant’s sale to Golden Gate Capital, among others.

Sara Robinson is the Community Manager at Firebase, where she helps with developer advocacy through online content, outreach and events. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business and International Studies from Brandeis University. Before Firebase, she worked as an analyst at Sandbox Industries, a venture firm and startup foundry. She’s passionate about learning to code, running, and finding the best ice cream in SF.

Jim Barry is a Developer Evangelist at Esri, the global leader in geographic information systems software. He leads Esri’s efforts to support hundreds of thousands of successful users and developers around the world who are designing and building on the ArcGIS platform. He’s a believer in the idea that developer marketing and outreach starts and ends with ensuring those using the technology have quick and easy places and resources to find, learn, and share. Jim has an MS in Geography from Central Connecticut State, a BA from Rutgers University and is a former US Army officer.

Meghan Murphy is the Senior Manager of Community at Twilio, a cloud communications company providing a platform for developers building the next generation of communications. She manages The Twilio Community team focused on social media marketing, content, and community engagement programs for a community of over 250,000 developers. She also drives the social good initiative Twilio.org. Meghan’s background combines experience with community engagement, public relations, and content and social media strategy. Prior to Twilio she consulted early-stage startups from positioning to go-to-market publicity strategy. Before that Meghan worked with video games assisting the public relations and launch tactics for a variety of independent games.

Nick Quinlan is a SendGrid Developer Evangelist based out of San Francisco. He works with developers, online and offline, to make their lives easier by providing them with the help they need to grow their ideas.

Meet all the speakers at the Developer-to-Developer Summit on July 15.

 

Announcing the D2D Summit

Rather than targeting end-users or enterprises, a growing number of startups succeed with a developer-first strategy.

D2D Summit is the first event of its kind that’s 100% focused on developers building technologies for other developers.

Drawing on the ideas, experiences, and best practices of industry leaders, join us on July 15 for an event that will redefine the D2D experience.

Record-Setting Attendance Expected at Bain Capital Ventures Open Source Startup Summit

Open Source: Plenty to cheer about.

Just days before the launch of Bain Capital Ventures presents the Open Source Startup Summit, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re expecting more than 1,200 RSVPs — beating our previous records by hundreds.

With a star-studded lineup of speakers, including a keynote by Naval Ravikant, attendees will enjoy a day of deep insights and thought-provoking discussions on the open source startup, and its role in the future of the web.

Meet the 1,200+ OSSS attendees today: http://sfbeta.eventbrite.com

ReAllocate Inspires Hacking for the Social Good

Photo credit: Josh Wolf

Photo credit: Josh Wolf

With a mission to leverage technology for the force of good, the San-Francisco-based non-profit ReAllocate has organized HACKtivation for the Homeless, a weekend-long hackathon uniting techies with San Francisco’s 7000-person homeless and at-risk community.

In typical hackathon fashion, the weekend began with pitches, this time coming from local non-profits and city agencies. Participating techies joined teams that resonated with their passions and areas of expertise.

Gathering on a rainy Saturday at the Yammer HQ in the Twitter building, teams plugged away on a wide range of projects, each designed to have a lasting impact.

One group I spoke with is redesigning the website for St. Francis House, which serves the homeless elderly population. Another group, working for Larkin Street, is building an SMS-based reservation service for emergency beds, bypassing the need to check-in at the building itself. A third group, led by volunteers from Salesforce, is digitizing the Homeless Prenatal volunteer sign-up form, which they estimate will save 20 minutes per applicant.

The hackathon organizers, Kyle Stewart and Ilana Lipsett, organized a groundswell of support from across the community. Participating groups, along with those listed above, include tech organizations like General Assembly, Code for America, and Spotify, along with community-driven allies like Project Homeless Connect, St. Francis Living Room, Hospitality House, and the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation.

This GDC “SausageFest” is Actually… A Festival with Sausages

Developer cat is a developer.

Developer cat is a developer.

GDC, the annual game developer conference, is heating up in San Francisco — as are the bazillion parties oft dubbed “sausage fests” for their preponderance of dudely revelers. Realizing this, an ingenious company called Paymentwall is hosting a sausage fest of its own — but this time, there will actually be sausages.

The cleverly-titled SausageFest takes place tonight at the upscale San Francisco-based Supper Club — and oh, will there be supper. In addition to the obligatory scantily clad women in German regalia (*sigh*), the third annual festival features unlimited German sausages of all shapes and sizes, washed down with free-flowing pints (perhaps even litres?) of German beer.

Ve have vays of making you drink.

Ve have vays of making you drink.

According to Paymentwall’s CEO, Honor Gunday, the party will be set to a soundscape of German 80s music, along with a German oompah band. It is unclear whether the mashup geniuses of Bootie will be there to mix the two sounds together, but one can only speculate — and hope.

Paymentwall makes a suite of monetization services for mobile and social games, including subscriptions, offer walls, and in-game currency sales. The company helps free-to-play apps become profitable by incentivizing users to become customers, whether through actions they take, or purchases they make.

Appropriately enough, the SausageFest admission policy eats the dog food — so to speak — of its parent company’s philosophy. Attendees can either pay $10 for admission, or visit the Paymentwall booth at #2030 on the GDC convention floor to redeem a complimentary “MINT Card” for free admission.