The Boston CTO Summit - 2014

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If you manage engineers, come learn from and connect with your peers at the Boston CTO summit. The CTO Summit Series was created to allow CTO’s and engineering leaders to learn from and connect with their peers. It’s not hard to find a gathering of technologists debating front end frameworks, containerization or the relative benefits of Scala, Clojure and Go. Finding a group of geeks talking about the hard parts of building a successful engineering team like hiring, developing an engineering culture and managing (your team and your boss) is more challenging.

Each summit is a full day, single track event for learning from and connecting with your peers that are running fast growth engineering teams.


  • 8.30am Registration and Breakfast

  • 9.00am Introduction

  • 9.10am Elias Torres, Founder/CTO Drifft (ex VP Eng, Hubspot) - Continuous Delivery at a Rate of 500 Deployments a Day!

  • 9.30am Chad Pytel, CEO Thoughtbot - The Discipline of Quality

  • 9.50am Steve Pember, CTO ThirdChannel - Managing a Microservices Development Team

  • 10.10am Alan Greenblatt, CTO PaymentWorks - Loose, Dumb & Bold

  • 10.30am Break

  • 11.00am John Feminella, CTO & Co-founder, UpHex - Countering Dashboard Fatigue

  • 11.20am Andrej Danko, CTO & Co-founder, Shortlist - Off-shore development teams. Are you crazy?

  • 11.40am Chris Stakutis, CTO Concord Software - Best Practices in Retaining Your Key Engineers

  • 12.00pm Michael de la Maza, Agile coach/Angel - Engineering Leadership: The Inner Game

  • 12.20pm Igor Moochnick, Group Architect, Constant Contact - Do’s and Don’ts of Culture Transformation

  • 12.40pm Lunch

  • 1.30pm Raffi Krikorian, ex-VP Engineering Twitter - Every Problem is a Scaling Problem

  • 1.50pm Tim Buntel, VP Product, Cigital (ex Microsoft, Atlassian & Adobe) - Software Security Starts With Software Development

  • 2.10pm Wendy Closson, Technologist and Coach - Mining Insight: Top tips from Experienced Technologists

  • 2.30pm Bob Phillips, Cofounder & CTO, TurnRight - Make is Simpler!

  • 2.50pm Richard Kasperowski, Agile Coach - Pedagogy Innovation: Teach Your Team Anything They Need to Know

  • 3.10pm Break

  • 3.40pm Jeremy Deane, Director of Software Architecture, NaviNet - Technology Innovation Diffusion

  • 4.00pm Randy Rayess, cofounder VenturePact - How to Manage Remote Software Development Teams

  • 4.20pm Michael Stricklen, CTO Cyrus Innovation - Solving the Product Owner Problem with Prototype Driven Development

  • 4.40pm JC Grubbs, CEO at DevMynd Software - Stopping a Slow-motion Train Wreck

  • 5.00pm Next steps

  • 5.10pm Open bar

  • 7.00pm Event ends



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Additional Information

My name’s Peter Bell. I used to run engineering for a number of startups in New York - including General Assembly. In March of this year I organized a Startup CTO summit in NYC along with Lucas Nelson from Gotham Ventures. I thought 20 friends would show up. We ended up selling out the venue, with 110 engineering leaders and with presentations from the CTO’s of companies including Gilt Groupe, MongoDB, Tumblr, Birchbox, Warby Parker and

This fall, we’re running conferences in San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Melbourne and Sydney. Attendance to the event is strictly limited to engineering leaders. No recruiters, non-technical co-founders or other business stakeholders will be allowed (we enforce this policy strictly and will refund tickets of anyone we can’t admit). That said, we’re not hung up on job titles. Some of our best attendees have titles like CEO or VP Product. As long as you can perform a technical code review, know how to submit a pull request and are interested in better hiring, managing and organizing developers, we can’t wait to meet you!

The call for papers is now closed, but if you’d like to support the event, there are a range of sponsorship packages available - just email for more information.