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Simon Raik-Allen

Founder & CEO

The Big Crunch

Australia

Simon is a hands on technology professional. He has worked across a varied array of industries and technologies such as trading exchanges, instant messaging, ecommerce, and IPTV with companies such as Sony, eBay, and AOL. Recently he was CTO at MYOB for 7 years and has since founded a start up called The Big Crunch. He also likes to dabble in the future.

Talks at YOW!

From the Caveman to the Spreadsheet and Beyond - YOW! 2018 Sydney

In this talk Simon will take us on a historical voyage through the representation of information in software and the internet. From tables and charts, through mind maps, info-graphics, multi-dimensional views, and Minecraft. On the way he will explore tooling such as spreadsheets, 4GLs, RADs, workbooks, AirTable, Coda and more. With that background he’ll then dive deeply into the software architecture of a new and exciting platform currently in development, The Big Crunch, which will lead us to an interesting discussion on scale and the making of assumptions that can allow you keep growing a system... or not! Its going to be fast paced and fun, so don’t miss out.

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Keynote: What You Need to be a CTO - YOW! CTO Summit Brisbane 2018

CTO Keynote Talk:

This talk covers the varied aspects of being a CTO in both large enterprises and small start ups. The skills you need, your technical drivers, the political landscape, technology and architecture strategy, and 101 other things you didn't know were required in the role. If you want to one day be a CTO then this is the talk you should not miss.

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From the Caveman to the Spreadsheet and Beyond - YOW! Perth 2018

In this talk Simon will take us on a historical voyage through the representation of information in software and the internet. From tables and charts, through mind maps, info-graphics, multi-dimensional views, and Minecraft. On the way he will explore tooling such as spreadsheets, 4GLs, RADs, workbooks, AirTable, Coda and more. With that background he’ll then dive deeply into the software architecture of a new and exciting platform currently in development, The Big Crunch, which will lead us to an interesting discussion on scale and the making of assumptions that can allow you keep growing a system... or not! Its going to be fast paced and fun, so don’t miss out.

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What You Need to be a CTO - YOW! 2017 Melbourne

This talk covers the varied aspects of being a CTO in both large enterprises and small start ups. The skills you need, your technical drivers, the political landscape, technology and architecture strategy, and 101 other things you didn't know were required in the role. If you want to one day be a CTO then this is the talk you should not miss.

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