Local Startup & Corporate CTOs will join together to help answer one of the most common questions fielded by the 1871 technical community: How to Hire a CTO or Developer. Our panelists will lend their advice and knowledge to non-technical business owners, including how to find the right technical talent, how to manage a development team, and how to know when to bring on a CTO.
Check out your panelists' bios below and come prepared with questions!
Dylan Lingelbach, VP of Engineering, MarkITx
Dylan started his career at Microsoft where he was both interviewed as a developer and interviewed other developers. He then ran the software development team at Nico Trading where he helped build a team of 16 developers. Currently Dylan is VP of Engineering at MarkITx where he is working on making sure the team produces great software.
Kaitlyn Hwang, Software Developer at RiverNorth Captial Management
Kaitlyn Hwang is a financial developer at RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC. Kaitlyn is responsible for data operations, and development of proprietary trading systems and the core business infrastructure. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Kaitlyn was a Software Developer at BBR Trading where she created custom, proprietary applications in a distributed environment. Prior to BBR Trading, Kaitlyn was a Computer Scientist at Mathematics and Computer Science division of Argonne National Laboratory where she worked with supercomputers performing biotechnology data analysis. Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics and earned her M.S. in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Jeff Judge, CEO of Signal
Jeff is co-founder and CEO of Signal. When he's not focused on his core operational responsibilities, you can find him running around with his wife and three kids, geeking out about coffee, riding a bike, or hacking away on a project.
Prior to Signal, Jeff was one of the early engineers at Orbitz, helping build the technical platform and engineering team behind vacation packaging for consumers. He's also held technology consulting roles (ie - spreadsheet jockey) at Diamond and CapGemini.
When & Where
1871 is an entrepreneurial incubator for digital startups. Home to over 300 companies, the 75,000-square-foot facility in The Merchandise Mart provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. Recently ranked 9th in the world in the 2014 UBI Index list of top university-associated business incubators, 1871 has become a global leader in the entrepreneurial community. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.