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Sharing knowledge, teaching each other, and having fun.



San Francisco is full of tech meetups. Why add another one? Because some of us like to talk about hard problems, irrespective of specific programming languages. Some of us feel the meetup scene has become a series of thinly veiled recruiting pitches. Many of us are hungry for free forums for smart people to share ideas and learn new things. And because, hey, it's fun.

Since fall 2013, 140 Proof has proudly hosted an ongoing series of technical men and women who share their experiences and learnings in building scalable web technology. Interested in speaking? Send us a proposal. Just curious? Register now and we'll email you as new speakers are announced.

140 Proof is a social technology company based in South Park and funded by Founders Fund and Blue Run Ventures. We contribute to the open source community primarily as Ruby and Node developers. You may have seen our shirts at developer meetups: they read, “You Can’t Spell Capitalism Without API.” We get especially excited about graph databases and real-time APIs.


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Tom Stuart
Tom Stuart
About Tom

Michele Titolo
Michele Titolo
About Michele
Buzz
Buzz Andersen
About Buzz

Sam Schillace
Sam Schillace
About Sam

Dave Pacheco
Dave Pacheco
About Dave
Vipul
Vipul Prakash
About Vipul

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Wednesday, September 17

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Monads are in danger of becoming a bit of a joke: for every person who raves about them, there's another person asking what in the world they are, and a third person writing a confusing tutorial about them. With their technical-sounding name and forbidding reputation, monads can seem like a complex, abstract idea that's only relevant to mathematicians and Haskell programmers. Forget all that! In this pragmatic talk we'll roll up our sleeves and get stuck into refactoring some awkward Ruby code, using the good parts of monads to tackle the problems we encounter along the way. We'll see how the straightforward design pattern underlying monads can help us to make our code simpler, clearer and more reusable by uncovering its hidden structure, and we'll all leave with a shared understanding of what monads actually are and why people won't shut up about them.

-Tom Stuart


Tuesday, June 3rd

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In 2009, when Twitter really began growing, a rich constellation of Twitter clients served users' demands for features and functions. One of the brightest stars of that time was Birdfeed, one of the few great Twitter readers for iPhone at a time when Twitter had no iOS app of its own (it later acquired Tweetie, which became Twitter for iPhone). Birdfeed was popular among the tech-focused early adopters of Twitter and was acquired by Brizzly in 2010.

In this talk, Buzz will explain how Birdfeed came about, what made it special, and what he learned from building iOS apps in an API ecosystem. He'll also dish a little dirt on the contentious third party Twitter app scene.

-Buzz Andersen


Tuesday, April 8th

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Michele Titolo is a software engineer who ships and shapes great products. She has spent the last 3 years consulting, specifically helping companies go mobile, and has released over a dozen apps to the AppStore. She is a Lead Engineer who has grown and mentored development teams to success. She is also CTO and Board Member forWomen Who Code, and a Core Team Member of CocoaPods, the Objective-C library dependency manager.

-Michelle Titolo



Tuesday, March 4th

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Sam will cover a brief history of Silicon Valley and how startup culture has changed in 25 years and what's interesting in (enterprise) software now. He'll also take your questions about building and scaling an engineering team, common milestones and patterns including the “primadonna death spiral.”

-Sam Schillace


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In this talk, Dave will discuss tools and techniques we use at Joyent to operate Node.js in production, including dynamic tracing, runtime profiling, and postmortem debugging. Together with tools for analyzing processes and crashes across the cloud, these techniques help us to fully root-cause problems soon after first seeing them in production. He'll also talk about techniques we use during development to make programs easier to debug once they're running in production. And since tools and techniques are only as good as the real-life problems they help solve, he'll cover several examples from my experience on the team operating Joyent's Manta Storage Service.

-Dave Pacheco



Tom is a computer scientist and programmer, and the founder of Codon, a digital product consultancy in London. He works as a consultant, mentor and trainer, helping companies to improve the quality and clarity of their approach to creating software products, usually on the web. He has lectured on optimizing compilers at the University of Cambridge, co-organizes the Ruby Manor conference, and is a member of the London Ruby User Group.

-Tom Stuart



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