The New York Startup CTO Summit - 2014

Venue: Shadow Boxers, 215 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Unfortunately the Summit just sold out - just over a week after announcing the speakers. Thanks so much for your interest. Feel free to register interest using the form below to be notified about the next CTO summit in New York in 2015.

If you manage engineers, learn from and connect with your peers at the New York Startup CTO summit. At this full day, single track summit, learn how other companies successfully build and run their engineering teams. The CTO Summit is co-organized Peter Bell and Lucas Nelson who is a principal at Gotham Ventures.

The Startup Summit CTO 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.

Previous summits features presentations by engineering leaders from Gilt Group, MongoDB, Tumblr, Birchbox, Warby Parker, Stripe, Coinbase, Snapchat, Grouper, Neo4j, Chef, RainforesQA, Soylent, Contactually, Optoro, Social Tables, comScore, Computech and more.

Each summit is a full day, single track event for learning from and connecting with your peers that are running fast growth engineering teams. The first New York summit sold out in under three weeks and the SF summit sold out in 11 days, so you might want to get your ticket soon! Also, early bird ends Thursday October 30th


  • 8.30am Registration and Breakfast

  • 9.00am Introduction

  • 9.10am Camille Fournier, CTO Rent the Runway - Going from Structureless to Structured Without Losing Your Vibe

  • 9.30am Brandon Duncan, NYC Site Director, LinkedIn - how we paid off 10 years of technical debt to unleash developer productivity

  • 9.50am Sukanta Ganguly, ex-CTO, Angel and Mentor - The Business of Scaling - what Startups can Learn from Real-time Bidding

  • 10.10am Graham Brooks, Technical Principal, ThoughtWorks - Build Metrics - What is Your Build System Trying to Tell You?

  • 10.30am Break

  • 11.00am Wendy Closson, Technologist and Coach - Mining Insight: Top tips from Experienced Technologists

  • 11.20am Debbie Madden, CEO & Founder, Stride - Budgeting vs Estimating for Agile Projects

  • 11.40am On Freund, VP Engineering, WeWork - QA: Can't Live With 'em, Can't Live Without ‘em

  • 12.00pm Mike Boufford, VP of Engineering, Greenhouse - Startup (in)Security

  • 12.20pm Kareem Kouddous, CTO & Founder, CrowdTap - Small is the Path to Big

  • 12.40pm Lunch

  • 1.30pm Kristen Titus, Founding Directory, NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, City of New York - Help Us Help You: NYC's Tech Talent Pipeline

  • 1.50pm Daniel Doubrovkine, CTO Artsy - How it All Goes Down: Your Next Service Outage

  • 2.10pm Ori Neidich, SVP Technology, Tough Mudder - Internet in the Wild: Hard-won Lessons in Bringing High-Availability Network Operations to Physical Events in Remote Locations

  • 2.30pm Jean Barmash, VP Engineering Merchantry, Co-founder CTO School - Cynefyn and Continuous Improvement

  • 2.50pm Lee Edwards, Engineering Manager, Groupon (ex-CTO SideTour) - When Not to Build a Service-Oriented Architecture

  • 3.10pm Break

  • 3.40pm Tobias Wright, Senior Software Engineer, Conde Nast - We Forced Diversity at our Hackathon. Here's what Happened

  • 4.00pm Chris Angove, Chapter Lead, Spotify - Climbing off the Ladder Before we Fall Off

  • 4.20pm Tom Janofsky, SVP Engineering, Monetate - Reading your Way to Successful Engineering Management

  • 4.40pm Will Ballard, CTO Gerson Lehrman Group - All the Joy of an Open Source Project with Friends, but at Work

  • 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. If you’d like to support the event, there are a range of sponsorship packages available - just email for more information.