meetup blog

It has been six months since we began hosting meetups regularly at MemSQL. Our office is located in the heart of SoMa, two blocks from the Caltrain station. At the new San Francisco epicenter of tech startups, we want to meet our neighbors and see what other cool technologies are out there! What better way than over cold brews, local pizza and deep tech talks.

In honor of the first official meetup of 2016, we decided to take a look back at the meetups of 2015, and share highlights from each one. Hope to see you at 534th St on January 21st for an intimate conversation with Chandan Joarder on Building Real-Time Digital Insight at Macys.com!

Without further ado, we present Meetups: A Year in Review.

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July 15, 2015 – In-Memory Database Performance on AWS M4 Instances Meetup

Carlos Bueno


July 28, 2015 – Scaling Hypergrowth Sales Meetup

  • Featuring Jim Herbold, former Executive Vice President of Global Sales at Box
  • Jim was the first sales hire at Box, growing the team to nearly 400 people and taking revenue from $1 million to $174 million in just six and half years.
  • He discussed go-to-market strategies, the importance of self-disruption, and sales-driven processes that helped Box achieve incredible growth.

Jim Herbold


August 19, 2015 – How to Write Compilers in Modern C++ Meetup

  • Featuring Drew Paroski, MemSQL architect, co-creator of the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) and the Hack programming language at Facebook
  • Drew shared guidelines for building compilers to increase performance and efficiency.
  • Slides available here: http://www.slideshare.net/MemSQL/putting-compilers-to-work

Drew Paroski


September 24, 2015 – 10 Tips to Rapidly Scale Your Startup

  • Featuring Chris Fry, former SVP of Engineering at Twitter, an angel investor and early stage technology advisor
    Chris offered tips for building an engineering team from the ground up.
  • Tips include how to build tight-knit teams, develop efficient workflows and create a culture based on healthy communication, learning opportunities and trust among team members.
  • Slides available here: http://www.slideshare.net/MemSQL/10-ways-to-scale-your-startup


October 6, 2015 – Lessons Learned From Building/Operating Scuba, a Real-Time Database at Facebook


November 5, 2015 – How Microsoft Built and Scaled Cosmos for Business Intelligence

  • Featuring Eric Boutin, former Microsoft engineer, current engineer at MemSQL
  • Eric highlighted lessons learned from building Microsoft’s Cosmos, a distributed platform for big data analytics. He reviewed the technical features that allowed the system to scale.
  • Slides available here: http://www.slideshare.net/MemSQL/how-microsoft-built-and-scaled-cosmos

Eric Boutin