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.

 

Introducing SF Beta Office Hours

So, I've got this idea for a website.

So, I’ve got this idea for a website.

Are you an early-stage founder? Drop by SF Beta Office Hours each Friday to chat about your idea with Christian Perry, CEO & Founder of SF Beta. (That’s me!)

How does it work?
Office Hours provide a chance to share your idea, get advice and feedback, and talk about life as a founder — all in a relaxed, informal, one-on-one environment.

Who is eligible?
Office Hours are designed for founders of early-stage startups — companies that are bootstrapped, seed funded, or angel funded.

When and where?
All Office Hours are conducted over Google Hangouts or Skype. Appointments take place every Friday and last approximately 30 minutes each.

How much does it cost?
It’s free, and always will be.

How do I sign up?
Head to our Office Hours page and sign up from there.

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

Naval Ravikant: Keynote on Open Source, Bitcoin, and Cryptocurrency

Such investor! Very founder.

Wow! Such visionary. Very founder!

We’re thrilled to announce our newest keynote at the Open Source Startup Summit: Naval Ravikant, serial entrepreneur, blogger at VentureHacks, and co-founder of AngelList. Naval’s keynote will focus on open source, BitCoin, and the future of cryptocurrency.

In his Wired article, Bitcoin: The Internet of Money, Naval presented his vision for the future of the digital currency, pointing to a number of features and distinct advantages provided by the new platform:

Bitcoins are scarce (Central Banks can’t inflate them away), durable (they don’t degrade), portable (can be carried and transmitted electronically or as numbers in your head), divisible (into trillionths), verifiable (through everyone’s block chain), easy to store (paper or electronic), fungible (each bitcoin is equal), difficult to counterfeit (cryptographically impossible), and can achieve widespread use – many of the technologists that brought us advances on the Internet are now working overtime to improve Bitcoin.

So why not just use Pounds or Dollars? One can use bitcoins as high-powered money with distinct advantages. Bitcoins, like cash, are irrevocable. Merchants don’t have to worry about shipping a good, only to have a customer void the credit card transaction and charge-back the sale. Bitcoins are easy to send – instead of filling forms with your address, credit card number, and verification information, you just send money to a destination address. Each such address is uniquely generated for that single transaction, and therefore easily verifiable. Bitcoins can be stored as a compact number, traded by mere voice, printed on paper, or sent electronically. They can be stored as a passphrase that exists only in your head! There is no threat of money printing by a bankrupt government to dilute your savings. Transactions are pseudonymous – the wallets do not, by default have names attached to them, although transaction chains are easy to trace. It has near-zero transaction costs – you can use it for micropayments, and it costs the same to send 0.1 bitcoins or 10,000 bitcoins. Finally, it is global – so a Nigerian citizen can use it to safely transact with a US company, no credit or trust required.

Silicon Valley knows a platform when it sees it, and is aflame with Bitcoin. Teams of brilliant young programmers, entranced by the opportunity, are working on Exchanges (Payward, Buttercoin, Vaurum), Futures Markets (ICBIT), Hardware Wallets (BitCoinCard, Trezor, etc), Payment Processors (bitpay.com), Banks, Escrow companies, Vaults, Mobile Wallets, Remittance Networks (bitinstant.com), Local Trading networks (localbitcoins.com), and more.

To hear Naval’s keynote live, join us at the Open Source Startup Summit on April 22, and follow us at @sfbeta for ongoing updates.