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Track: Org Hacking


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Silicon Valley knows how to build disruptive companies, but this goes further than simply embracing technical innovation. As software-based companies seek to build creative, innovative cultures, even in the throes of hyper-fast growth, they sometimes make daring decisions in the way they structure their internal teams, managerial and leadership roles, communication and even their core values.

Track Host:
Pete Soderling
G33ktalk.com & Hakka Labs Founder
Pete Soderling is the founder of Hakka Labs, an international community of open-source software engineers. He is a self-taught engineer who has developed online platforms & applications since the very early days of the internet. Since 2004, Pete has been a serial tech entrepreneur in NYC and the San Francisco Bay Area and has built engineering teams for each business he has started, including Stratus Security. Stratus built a turn-key, cloud-based solution that helps data providers easily distribute data to their partners, also handling data metering, monitoring and security. Before Stratus, Pete founded and was the CEO of mechanikal, an industry-leading software development agency that specialized in the development of secure Internet applications for mobile devices, desktops and the web. Over the course of the last five years Pete has worked as an engineering ambassador for companies like Amazon, Tumblr, IHeartRadio, eBay, and NBC Universal helping them build their technical teams and attract top engineering talent. Pete holds his B.S. in Information Systems Management from New York University where he graduated with honors. Pete's current venture is Hakka Labs, where he is building a platform that creates original content, resources and training events to help software engineers level up their skills. With 20 years experience in technology, Pete epitomizes his belief in Marc Andreessen's quote that "software is eating the world," as he continuously dedicates himself to his passion. @petesoder
10:35am - 11:25am

by Josh Evans
Director of Operations Engineering @Netflix

Operating a massively scalable, constantly changing, distributed global service is a daunting task. We innovate at breakneck speed to attract new customers and stay ahead of the competition. Simultaneously improving service quality and enabling rapid, continuous change seems impossible on the surface.

At Netflix, Operations Engineering is a centralized organization whose charter is to accomplish just that by applying high-...

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Sri Shivananda
VP of Global Platform and Infrastructure @PayPal

Sri Shivananda, PayPal’s VP of Global Platform & Infrastructure, will present a case study on what it took to successfully separate the technology of a Fortune 500 company after over a decade together. Separating PayPal’s technical infrastructure from eBay Inc. was no easy task, and Sri can share some key learnings applicable to engineers and developers at companies of all sizes. Attendees will gain insight into the muscle required to pull apart these technologies, while keeping the day-...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Steve Garrity
Founder @HearsaySocial

Is the only way to build software for big companies using waterfall? J2EE Beans? XML? UML? It doesn't have to be that way. At Hearsay Social we apply modern consumer software techniques to build software for Fortune-50 banks and insurance companies. This talk will explain the custom process we use for large, enterprise projects. It's become a competitive advantage for us with both customers and candidates.

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Nate Fink
Head of Engineering @Yammer

With experiential knowledge gained from years of working at Yammer and helping with Microsoft's transformation, Nate Fink, Yammer's Head of Engineering, will share how Yammer has changed everything from how they structure teams to the role of managers to how they measure progress, to create an organization that can not only survive learning, but thrive because of it.

4:10pm - 5:00pm

Open Space
5:25pm - 6:15pm

by Cathy Polinsky
VP of Engineering for Search @Salesforce

When you're growing super fast, how do you create alignment across your organization and stay focused on your strategy? One of the secrets behind Salesforce's success is its V2MOM process for defining, aligning and communicating your vision, values and goals at the company, team and individual level. Cathy Polinsky, VP of Engineering, will talk about the origins of this model from the first days of Salesforce to how it is used today to create aligned, self-empowered, and fast moving...


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