Scott Penberthy
CIO, Gilt Groupe


Scott is the CIO at Gilt Groupe, an online retailer of luxury goods sold at discount prices to a private, invitation-only membership. All sales occur once a day at noon, providing interesting technology and processes challenges to handle instant, flash floods of transactions. In this role Scott’s team is responsible for all things tech, from the web site to handheld scanners in multiple warehouses. Scott has been a builder and leader of technology teams for over 15 years. He started his career as a research scientist at IBM, then led teams that delivered web browsers, web platforms, and open source services during the first web wave. After IBM he left for the venture world, becoming CTO or VPE of early stage startups including Photobucket, Heavy, and Bling. Scott enjoys building tech teams who love what they do.


Location: Pavilion 2 - 3 Level:
Scott Penberthy (Gilt Groupe), Michael Bryzek (Gilt Groupe), Geir Magnusson Jr (AppNexus), Yonatan Feldman (Gilt Groupe)
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Gilt Groupe is a fascinating e-commerce business, where luxury items are sold at a discount in "flash" sales that mimic the New York sample sale experience. In this model, passionate buyers rush to grab items in a time-sensitive shopping cart, choose what they want, and check out within seconds. We discuss how to handle flash-floods of shopping cart updates via sharding in Rails. Read more.
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