A session at Queen City Merge

Friday 11th May, 2012

11:00am to 12:00pm (EST)

Etsy is an online bazaar for handmade goods, and one for the key aspects for the site itself is the Etsy communities and sub-communities that have and continue to form and grow. The Etsy development community is the group of smart engineers that grow and maintain the site that helps to facilitate these amazing Etsy communities. While these engineers are very smart, you should recall the old adage, "A stupid person is someone who never learns from his mistakes, a smart person is someone who learns from his mistakes, and a wise person is someone who learns from other mistakes." At Etsy we embrace learning from mistakes and sharing with others so that they may learn from these mistakes as well because we also know that no one is perfect. Here, I will share several of the bumps along the way that took us from being small yet bureaucratic to large and still growing with more community and emphasis on culture, all while maintaing that small startup feeling.

Laura Beth "LB" Denker graduated from RIT with a BS/MS in Computational Mathematics/Computer Science. She then moved on to a small job in a small city in central New York before being courted by Google, bringing her to the Big Apple, where she worked in both test and development for over 4 years. Now she has taken a turn for handmade, helping Etsy grow its spectacular development culture and continuous deployment process as the self-proclaimed Anthropologist of Developer Culture.

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LB Denker

Laura Beth (LB) Lincoln Denker Anthropologist of Developer Culture. Knitter, Slow Runner, Cook bio from Twitter

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Time 11:00am12:00pm EST

Date Fri 11th May 2012

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