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Ready to connect with your peers in engineering? Grab your free ticket for Startup Boston Week 2024 on Sept 9th - 13th today! 

All sessions are available BOTH in-person at Suffolk University and virtually. 

VELOCITY BOOST: HARNESSING PREVIEW ENVIRONMENTS FOR STARTUP GROWTH 

Perfect for: founders, developers, DevOps engineers and project managers

Discover how preview environments differ from traditional setups and their role in facilitating faster iteration and experimentation in product development. 

 

During this session, we’ll dive into common use cases and best practices for leveraging preview environments in startup workflows, from testing new features to conducting user acceptance testing and staging releases.

 

Including: 

 

  • How preview environments integrate with CI/CD pipelines and version control systems to automate deployment and ensure consistency across environments

  • The cost implications of using preview environments and learn how startups can optimize their usage to maximize ROI and drive sustainable growth

  • How preview environments contribute to fostering a culture of collaboration, experimentation, and innovation within startup teams, empowering individuals to iterate quickly and bring ideas to market faster

NAVIGATING SUCCESS: INSIGHTS FROM THE JOURNEYS OF TECH STARTUPS

Perfect for: founders and technical co-founders

We’re diving into key lessons from successful tech companies. Discover how visionary thinking drives greatness, why realistic goals are crucial, and strategies for financial stability. 

 

During this event, you will learn how to turn failure into growth and how to build resilience for future ventures. We’ll discuss topics, such as: 

 

  • The factors that play a crucial role in the success of a startup 

  • How to effectively manage obstacles and the ever-changing tech industry 

  • Transforming failure into a learning opportunity 

  • Characteristics of resilience and successful tech companies

 

Join us as we delve into these essential topics, gaining insights into the complex dynamics of the tech industry. Learn to navigate challenges and build resilient, successful companies with confidence and clarity.

CHOOSE YOUR JAM: BUILDING IN-HOUSE OR EMBRACING OUTSOURCING? 

Perfect for: early to mid stage startup founders and engineering leaders who are responsible for making strategic decisions related to technology, software development, and IT infrastructure within organizations and for late stage startups who are looking to upgrade their tech stack and explore the best way forward

Should you build your tech in-house or outsource your development efforts? Let’s delve into the upfront and ongoing costs associated with each approach, considering short-term and long-term implications.

 

Specifically answering your questions, such as: 

  • What are the upfront and ongoing costs associated with building an in-house tech stack compared to outsourcing? And how do these considerations differ in the short term and long term?

  • How does the speed of development compare between in-house development and third-party solutions?

  • What measures can be taken to mitigate risks associated with each approach?

  • How does the decision between in-house and outsourcing align with the organization's long-term strategic goals?

YOU GOT IT!: FOSTERING COLLABORATION AND EFFICIENCY IN DEVOPS 

Perfect for: DevOps leaders and technical founders

This session will discuss DevOps culture and its impact on startup teams. We’ll dive into core principles driving collaboration and efficiency, strategies for overcoming organizational silos, and the role of automation. In addition to answer your questions, such as: 

 

  • How can startups overcome organizational silos and foster cross-functional collaboration between development, operations, and other teams?

  • How can startups measure the effectiveness of their DevOps culture and identify areas for improvement?

  • What are the key metrics and performance indicators startups should track to assess the impact of DevOps initiatives on their business outcomes?

  • What are the cultural shifts and mindset changes required for successful adoption of DevOps practices within startup organizations?

COMMUNITY-POWERED INNOVATION: EMBRACING OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPMENT 

Perfect for: developers, open-source enthusiasts, and startup tech teams

Let’s chat about leveraging open-source software to drive innovation and accelerate development in startups! We’re excited to dive into the key benefits of incorporating open-source components into tech stacks and how they enhance scalability and flexibility, including: 

 

  • How can startups effectively leverage open-source software to accelerate their development processes and drive innovation within their organizations?

  • How can startups contribute back to the open-source community while also benefiting from the shared knowledge and resources available?

  • How can startups navigate the legal and licensing considerations associated with using and contributing to open-source software?

  • How can startups measure the impact of their contributions to open-source projects and quantify the value they derive from community-driven development efforts?

ENGINEERING FOR SCALE: CRAFTING SOLUTIONS WITH GROWTH IN MIND

Perfect for: engineers, tech cofounders and technical consultants who want to build scalable solutions

There is something to be learned from Big Tech - after all, they were small at one point and scaled successfully. In this session, we’re diving into the lessons you can learn from industry giants to develop scalable solutions with growth in mind! This includes performance monitoring in large-scale systems, ensuring optimal performance at all times.

 

We’ll be answering questions, such as: 

 

  • What engineering practices are crucial for building scalable solutions from the outset?

  • Big Tech also started out small. How did they approach scalability, and what lessons can be applied to smaller organizations?

  • How do Big Tech companies balance the trade-offs between microservices and monolithic architectures?

  • What tools and practices are employed for real-time performance monitoring in large-scale systems?

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Startup Boston Week is where the whole startup community gathers - all industries, all startup departments and all bootstrapped and funding stages to gather.

Sully - Startup Boston

Meet Sully Martinez! Sully is our Data & Engineering Tracks Co-Lead for Startup Boston Week 2024. This is her first year on the Startup Boston Organizing Team.

 

Some fun facts about her: the next place on her travel bucket list are Turkey and Japan. Look them up and connect with them on LinkedIn.

Hareesh - Startup Boston

Meet Hareesh Karthik! Hareesh is our Data & Engineering Tracks Co-Lead for Startup Boston Week 2024. This is his second year on the Startup Boston Organizing Team.

Some fun facts about him: the next place on his travel bucket list is London. Look them up and connect with them on LinkedIn.

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