Two Web Apps, Four Daemons and a Gazillion Clients

Products and Services
Location: D135-136 Level: Novice
This is not a typical product pitch. FiveRuns and InfoEther developers will offer an informal, interactive panel discussion about building a new FiveRuns hosted service. Hear from Bruce Williams, Adam Keys, Rich Kilmer and others how The Big Rewrite succeeded.
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Steve Sanderson


Steve is a maker of software products. With an emphasis on products that are simple and elegant, he blends his passions for solving problems in software, creating something of true value and working with bright and creative people to lead those product development efforts. Read Steve’s blog at

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Rich Kilmer


Rich is VP R&D for LivingSocial. Rich is leading LivingSocial’s efforts to dominate the local commerce marketplace through technological innovation. Rich, previously CEO and Co-Founder of InfoEther, also co-founded Ruby Central, a non-profit promoting Ruby and its community. Prior to InfoEther, Rich was CTO & Co-Founder of Roku Technologies. In his 20 years as a software technologist, he has been a CEO, CTO, sales engineer, designer, consultant and a systems security manager in the Air Force at the Pentagon.

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Bruce Williams


Bruce Williams is a longtime speaker, trainer, designer, and book
contributor in the Ruby and Rails community and has experience in
everything from low-level data processing backends to front-end user
interaction. He is a senior software developer at LivingSocial.

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Adam Keys


Adam is a connoisseur of code, dachshunds and existentialist jokes.

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Brian Dainton


A ten-year veteran of Austin high-tech startups, Brian has taken over a dozen commercial applications from napkin sketch to general availability. Originally a Java developer of 12 years, he began working with Rails in late 2006 and later joined FiveRuns to develop Ruby professionally. Brian blogs at The Budding Rubyist.

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