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In this podcast, hosts Vikram Ramakrishnan and Faizaan Shamsi, partners at the software consultancy QuantLayer, talk to investors and builders of the cryptocurrency arena. We discuss how industry participants think about crypto assets, how they uncover fraud in the market, and which technologies will turn the budding, nascent crypto space into the revolutionary powerhouse early market participants had hoped for.

Jan 7, 2019

We discuss our time at the CTO Summit at the NASDAQ Marketsite from a couple weeks back. This was a great conference, because technology leaders from startups to larger companies congregated to talk about managing and scaling tech teams. We talk about software process, distributed teams, how deployment is the main cause of all software failures, and a whole bunch of other interesting software development topics. Just as a warning, there isn’t a lot of crypto content on this one, but we thought our learnings from the conference were worth highlighting.


  • On the CTO Event
  • Recaps
     - Eliot Horowitz of MongoDB Inc.: The Right Amount of Process to Scale Your Engineering Team
     - Maria Belousova of Grubhub: Building Highly Distributed Teams
     - Michael Boufford of Greenhouse: Establishing a Management Cadence
     - Bjorn Freeman Benson of Fresnel Research: Seventeen Things that Have Bitten Us But Shouldn’t Have
     - Yvette Pasqua of Meetup: Engineering Leadership Through High Growth and High Change
     - Angie Ruan of Nasdaq: The Nasdaq Financial Framework Transformation
     - Rebecca Miller-Webster of DevMynd: Refactoring Trust on Your Team
     - Johnny Ray Austin of Mapbox: Setting Your Team Up For Failure
     - Mona Soni of Dow Jones: Is Your Team Built to Be Effective?
     - Edith Harbaugh of LaunchDarkly: What I learned From Not Running 100 Miles
     - Lena Reinhard of CircleCI: Better Communication for Stronger Teams
     - Michael Ellison of Improving Diversity in Tech by Transforming CS Education at Colleges
     - Stacy Gorelick of Flatiron: Growing a Platform Team
     - Jean Barmash of Komodo Health: How to Receive Feedback
     - Ushashi Chakraborty of Mode Analytics: Run Engineering Meetings Using Improve Skills
     -Kwame Thomison of Magnetic Inc.: Your Hiring Pipeline is a Product
     - Debbie Madden of Stride Consulting: How to Retain Developers. And When To Let Them Go
     - James Kenigsberg of 2U: Standing on the Shoulder of Giants - Adapting Existing Technologies for Speed and Credibility
     - Andrew Montalenti of Fully Distributed & Asynchronous: Building Eventually-Coordinated Teams That Ship
     - Randy Shoup of WeWork: Breaking Codes, Designing Jets, and Building Teams


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