Building world-class companies with Joel Spolsky (Stack Overflow, Trello)

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 18:00
Startup Grind London


Building world-class companies with Joel Spolsky (Stack Overflow, Trello)

Joel Spolsky co-founded (sold to Atlassian for $425 million) & is the CEO/co-founder of Stack Overflow, where millions of developers go to learn, share their knowledge and build careers. Stack Overflow currently serves 50 million programmers monthly. Joel is also the founder of Fog Creek Software & previously worked at Microsoft - in the team designed VBA as a member of the Excel team.

Joel is a world-­renowned speaker and passionate advocate of the global developer community -- he’s on a mission to help the world understand that they hold the keys to our future. He has written four books, including User Interface Design for Programmers and Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent. His personal website, Joel on Software, has been popular with developers around the world since its inception in 2000 and has been translated into over 30 languages. Joel graduated from Yale University with a Computer Science degree.

Join us next week, learn from Joel and meet him in person.


6:00 pm Networking and Food

7:00 pm Fireside Chat

8:00 pm Networking

9:00 pm Finish


Joel Spolsky - Stack Overflow

Hosted By

Marian Gazdik, London Director

MD, Europe at Startup Grind.

Marian is also Founding Partner at IPM Growth, a VC company investing in technology scale-ups from the Central & Eastern Europe. He is an advisory board member at T-Mobile Czech Republic & Telekom Slovakia. Ex-Orange, ex-Reebok.

Marian was featured in New Europe 100 (organised by Financial Times, Google, Respublica and Visegrad Fund), the list of outstanding challengers who are leading world class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe.

Twitter: @mgazdik

Tim Elder, London Co-Director,f_auto,g_center,h_700,q_auto:good,w_700/v1/softlayer0/80135C1/media/v1/AUTH_d0619b05-07fc-49f0-8249-da585ea45ce5/featured_attendees/tim_UyFtRVK.JPG

London Co-director at Startup Grind. Co-founder & CEO of Fromigo, changing how people explore new cities. As a Product Manager, I delivered products to global markets with Google, Skype, and Rolls-Royce Aerospace. Make sure to talk to me about travel, digital products, hardware products, UX, and interesting metrics.

Twitter: @fromigo_travel

Petar Savic, London Co-director

London Co-director at Startup Grind. Co-Founder of Supreme Factory. Serial Tech Entrepreneur with a key interest in project management within a Digital Media and Internet environment, bridging the gap between technical (hacker), creative (hipster) and commercial (hustler) requirements.

Twitter: @puresoulmusic

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