Speaker: Jean Barmash

Director of Engineering @compass & Organizer of CTO School Meetup

Jean Barmash is an experienced Engineering Executive.  Most recently, he was Director of Engineering at Compass, where was building the first modern real estate brokerage.  Prior to Compass, he was VP of Engineering, Apps Platform & Marketplaces at Tradeshift. Jean has over 17 years of experience in software industry, and has been part of 5 startups, three as CTO / VPE and one of which he co-founded. Prior to his entrepreneurial adventures, Jean held a number of progressively senior roles in product development, integration consulting, and team leadership, working with Fortune 100 companies like Ford, Microsoft, BofA, Citi, IHG, and Adobe.

Jean is passionate about raising the level of technical leadership in the industry, and for the last six years has been organizing CTO School New York meetup, an organization he co-founded and grew to over 2,400 members. Jean lives in NY with his awesome and supportive wife and two hilariously-funny kids.

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Proposed Tracks

  • 21st Century Languages

    Lessons learned from languages like Rust, Go-lang, Swift, Kotlin, and more.

  • Blockchain Enabled

    Exploring Smart contracts, oracles, sidechains, and what can/cannot be done with blockchain today.

  • Tech Ethics in Action

    Learning from the experiences of real-world companies driving technology decisions from ethics as much as technology.

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Next-gen architectures from the most admired companies in software, such as Netflix, Google, Facebook or Twitter.

  • Practical Machine Learning

    Applied machine learning lessons for SWEs, including tech around TensorFlow, TPUs, Keras, Caffe, & more.

  • Microservices: Patterns & Practices

    Evolving, observing, persisting, and building modern microservices.

  • Delivering on the Promise of Containers

    Runtime containers, libraries, and services that power microservices.

  • Developer Experience: Level up Your Engineering Effectiveness

    Improving the end to end developer experience - design, dev, test, deploy, operate/understand. Tools, techniques, and trends.

  • Production Readiness

    More than just building software, building deployable production-ready software.

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    Thoughts pushing software forward, including consensus, CRDT's, formal methods, & probalistic programming.

  • Finding the Serverless Sweetspot

    Stories about the pains and gains from migrating to Serverless.

  • Empowered Teams

    Safely running inclusive teams that are autonomous and self-correcting.

  • Architecting For Failure

    Your system will fail. Take control before it takes you with it.

  • Modern Java Reloaded

    Modern, Modular, fast, and effective Java. Pushing the boundaries of JDK 9 and beyond.

  • Innovations in Fintech

    Technology, tools and techniques supporting modern financial services.