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Fireside chat with John Allspaw and Randy Hunt

John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs), Randy Hunt (Etsy)
10:10am–10:40am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Location: Grand Ballroom
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Things change—in the world around us, in our hearts and minds, in our organizations, in what to work on, in how to work together, and how to deliver that work. Etsy’s vice president of design Randy J. Hunt and CTO John Allspaw discuss the emergent and learned practices and behaviors that have enabled their teams to support one another and evolve together.

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John Allspaw

Adaptive Capacity Labs

John Allspaw has worked in software systems engineering and operations for twenty years in many different environments: biotech, government, online media, social networking, and e-commerce. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructure at,, Friendster, and Flickr, and Etsy. He served as SVP of Engineering and then Chief Technology Officer at Etsy, and holds an MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety from Lund University.

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Randy Hunt


Randy J. Hunt is vice president of design at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers, researchers, writers, and artists creating the end-to-end brand and product experience, both on- and offline. Etsy was honored with the National Design Award in 2014.

Randy Hunt on the O'Reilly Design Podcast