Engineer-to-Engineer Tech Talks: The Stars Come Out

There are many, many programs to learn from entrepreneurs, big-shots, CEOs and marketers. We should know as we’ve been hosting a wildly successful brown-bag lunch series out of Redfin’s Seattle office from March – May. Folks like aQuantive CEO Brian McAndrews, Google’s Roy Gilbert and the old Yahoo battle-axe James Slavet have agreed to talk about how to manage people and grow a business.

But it wasn’t until our last speaker, Neil Roseman, spoke about managing engineers, that we realized how few programs there are for engineers to talk to engineers. And there’s plenty to talk about: how we’re using the latest technologies, and what decisions we’ve had to make when hiring folks or choosing platforms.

So we hooked up with Greylock Partners, Pandora and Digg to put together an all-star line-up of engineering leaders to lead a monthly discussion in San Francisco on topics that really matter to engineers. The idea is to share practical knowledge and have fun.

We’re kicking the program off with an April 30 talk by Alex Payne, one of the lead engineers on Twitter’s developer platform and back-end infrastructure, about what he likes and doesn’t about using Scala. We’ll host the event at Redfin’s San Francisco office, 44 Montgomery Street. To sign up for this talk or to be notified of others, visit the Facebook page we’ve created for the events.

The rest of the talks will occur mostly monthly, on Thursday evenings at 6, with hosting duties shared by our friends at Digg. Here’s a list of who’s speaking so far:

  • Alex Payne, platform & infrastructure engineer, Twitter: Scala
  • Jeff Hammerbacher, founder, Cloudera: Hadoop
  • Sasha Aickin, head of user experience, Redfin: HTML 5 vs. Native Mobile Apps
  • Tom Conrad, CTO, Pandora: Smartphone Platforms
  • Rasmus Lerdof, PHP Inventor: PHP Performance
  • Jean-Luc Vaillant, CTO, LinkedIn: Scaling Engineering
  • Ryan Dahl, Joyent, Inventor of Node.JS: Node.JS

Many thanks to Greylock’s Aki Taha for helping us put the series together, and we look forward to seeing everybody there! To come to the event, you must RSVP via the Facebook page at least 12 hours in advance, so we know how much pizza to order. See you on April 30!


  • Derrick Evans

    Hello Glenn,

    I am an avid fan of your blog and I would love to attend the brown bag sessions, but unfortunately I am in San Diego, any possibility the session will be available in a podcast in the future?



  • Eric

    Glenn – for Seattle developers are you going to stream the events or allow us to listen to a broadcast at your Seattle HQ?

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