Rails Entrepreneurs Panel: Starting or Running Your Own Company

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Meet three CEO’s who have each started a successful Rails-focused company. How did they start, what were the keys to success, what would they do differently? Whether you have started a company or are thinking about it, this will be interesting. Panel discussion and Q&A.

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Obie Fernandez


Obie is the CEO of Hashrocket, a Ruby on Rails development firm. He has been evangelizing Ruby and Rails online via blog posts and publications since early 2005 and specializes in the development and marketing of large-scale, web-based applications. Obie recently published The Rails Way, a comprehensive guide to Ruby on Rails standards and development.

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David Heinemeier Hansson


David Heinemeier Hansson is a partner at 37signals, a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary.

37signals’ products include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. 37signals’ products do less than the competition — intentionally.

He is also the creator of Ruby on Rails.

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Tobias Lütke


Tobias Lütke is CEO and co-founder of Shopify, the marquee shopping cart system of the e-commerce industry. As a programmer Tobi has served on the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created many popular open source libraries such as the Typo weblog engine, Liquid and Active Merchant.

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Lewis Cirne

New Relic, Inc.

Lew Cirne is founder and CEO of New Relic, Inc., which focuses on Rails Performance Management. He has a passion for Rails and for helping Rails teams build extremely fast, reliable and available web applications. Lew has spent the past 10 years helping companies dispel their application performance and scalability myths.

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Josh Nichols
05/08/2009 12:12pm PDT

There wasn’t nearly enough seating for this session.

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Scott Nedderman
05/07/2009 5:10pm PDT

Very interesting and useful discussion, but there was only time for 5-6 questions. I think some of these panel discussions should take up two periods or be scheduled in a way that allows for more time.

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