Joel Spolsky & John Allspaw – Standing Out & Attracting Top Developer Talent

With up to 5 companies vying for every available software developer and 38% of developers reporting that they receive recruiter emails at least once a week, programmers have never been more in demand, and tech companies continue to expand their benefits and perks to try and stand out. But what really works? What do developers really care about? Join Etsy CTO John Allspaw in conversation with Joel Spolsky, the CEO of Stack Overflow, co-founder of Fog Creek Software and creator of Trello, to learn what developers look for in a great workplace and what employers can do to retain top talent.

About Joel Spolsky

Joel Spolsky is the Co-Founder & CEO of Stack Exchange, the largest network of websites for software developers including Stack Overflow. Joel is a globally recognized expert on software development and is known by developers around the world for his website, Joel on Software.

In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers. Fog Creek recently spun out Trello, a web based project management tool with applications for anything from product development to home renovations to wedding planning. Previously, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services where he developed an Internet client used by millions.

He has written three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc. Joel graduated from Yale University with a degree in Computer Science. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper and helped found Kibbutz Hanaton.

About John Allspaw

John Allspaw is Etsy’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), leading the Product Engineering, Infrastructure and Operations teams. Previously, he was SVP of Infrastructure and Operations at Etsy. For over 17 years, he has worked in system operations in the biotech, government and online media industries.

He began his career running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government. In 1997, he made the leap to the web, building the technical infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster and Flickr.

John is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning and Web Operations: Keeping the Data On Time, both published by O’Reilly Media. He holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MSC from Lund University.


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Monday, Dec 14, 2015

5:30-6:00 pm: Registration
6:00-7:00 pm: Presentation
7:00-8:00 pm: Social Hour

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