One of the truths of starting a new business is that you only rarely achieve what you set out to and what you do achieve is sometimes not what you planned to do. For this Geek Night we have speakers from some of the most exciting companies in London to have successfully got to the top of the startup tree and form a sustainable business. They will be sharing with us the technical challenges they have experienced during their growth and the solutions they've found to their problems.
Giles Thomas shares the story of founding Resolver Systems and answers questions about the company. Resolver Systems was founded in 2005 to produce a next generation spreadsheet. The founders, Giles Thomas, Robert Smithson and Patrick Kemmis
After spending the 90s in a succession of small software companies and Internet startups, Giles spent four years at Goldman Sachs, where he became a vice president and learned just how widely-used spreadsheets really are, and how frequently they end
Martin Dittus from Last.fm on "What to do when the data you have to analyse keeps growing but your budget doesn't?" a discussion of why Last.fm ended up using Hadoop and being one of the biggest users of commodity distributed systems.
Martin is a software developer at Last.fm, and has been using Hadoop since he joined the company in 2006.
Jonathan Hartley, a developer at Resolver Systems talks about the IronPython, and how it is used at Resolver Systems. Resolver Systems's first product, Resolver One, is a desktop and web-accessible spreadsheet aimed
Jonathan is delighted to find himself developing in IronPython for Resolver Systems, a feisty start-up populated entirely by people who are smarter than he is.
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