Our next Maritime DevCon speaker is also a new board member this year so you definitely need to get to know Brian Dunphy. Brian has been a Graphic Designer, Front-End Developer, UX Designer, Director (Product Development), CTO and CEO. Needless to say, he’s worn many hats in his 13 years of experience working with and founding technology startups. In 2006, he co-founded Radian6 and they built the highly successful Social Media Monitoring platform from the ground up. Radian6 was acquired by Salesforce in 2011 for $326M. In 2012, he co-founded OneLobby where they created innovative Event Technology products. In June 2014, OneLobby was acquired by Cvent (NYSE: CVT), the leader in the Event Technology space. In December 2016, Cvent was acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $1.65B and continues to grow and thrive under new ownership. Brian is also an active angel investor and mentor to startups in Canada and the U.S. He has invested in a bunch of great startups with fantastic founders who are solving unique problems.

Brian has spoken at 10+ events, ranging from regional conferences, judging panels, keynotes, etc.

So Brian, if you were a programming language or technology, which one would you be and why?

Adobe Flex for life. The technology might have died off (mostly), but I’m an ideas guy, Flex gave me the opportunity to express those ideas without limits. While it’s now standard and certainly the way to go, I’ve yet to see anything comparable in HTML5 that has no barriers to creativity.

What do you like best about Maritime DevCon?

It’s the largest gathering of developers, QE, etc, in the region, I was shocked by how many people I DIDN’T know last year. I’m also amazed at the diversity of companies and functions represented. It’s the conference I definitely don’t want to miss each year.

Why do you feel your session, Rise of the Anti-Manager: “Managing” and Growing Tech Talent, would bring value to Maritime DevCon attendees?

Developers, Quality Engineers, etc generally have two ways to grow their careers, Management or progressing as an Independent Contributor (IC). The conference covers a lot of topics that help attendees grow their skills and expose them to new technologies, but for many of them, the really hard skills to obtain aren’t technical.

What is the key take away attendees will get from your session Rise of the Anti-Manager: “Managing” and Growing Tech Talent?

That you don’t have to be so-called “Management material” to lead people. Managers are grown and iterative, just like software.

Thanks for joining us to present Brian!

If you would like to attend Brian’s session, make sure you’ve downloaded the Maritime DevCon app from the iTunes Store or Google Play. You can also view the schedule here.