Hack+Startup is an event series
built for engineers, featuring engineers.

First Round Capital is bringing together engineering leaders to direct technical discussions on crafting superior software. The Hack+Startup talks will focus on sharing tactical, actionable advice for engineers and are likely to be too technical for those who do not create in code. Please register to join us for an evening of inspiring speakers, pizza & drinks.


The theme of discussion for this evening will be working with data. We've brought a group of engineers who are solving very interesting data engineering problems and they're excited to share some lessons with you.

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Hilary Mason

bitly, Chief Scientist

At bitly, Hilary does a mix of research, exploration, and engineering to study attention on the internet in realtime. She co-founded HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City. She's an enthusiastic member of the larger conspiracy to evolve the emerging discipline of data science.

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Steve Francia

10gen, Chief Evangelist

Steve Francia is Chief Evangelist at 10gen, the company that develops and supports MongoDB. Prior to 10gen, he was VP Engineering at OpenSky, where he built an ecommerce platform using both MongoDB and MySQL. Steve has contributed to open source projects for 15 years, including MongoDB, Doctrine and Symfony2. He is a frequent blogger and speaker, and authored "MongoDB and PHP," a book published by O'Reilly.

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Nick Shiftan

Curalate, CTO

In 2011, Nick co-founded Curalate, a platform that enables brands to discover new customers, build brand awareness, and drive site traffic through Pinterest. Curalate is the first marketing platform built for the visual web. Previously, Nick was founder and VP of Product for Parkio, where he helped design and build enterprise-grade software solutions to tackle problems around transportation and parking.

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Anthony Chong

Adaptly, Head of Optimization

Anthony is the Head of Optimization at Adaptly where he helps brands cultivate targeted social audiences at scale. Anthony joined the early Adaptly team in 2010 after graduating from Caltech with a Computer Science degree.


We'll be at the Appnexus office in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.


First Round Capital and Appnexus are curious about solving important problems through computer science and are eager to meet others who feel the same way.

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First Round Capital

First Round Capital is a seed stage fund dedicated to helping talented entrepreneurs build remarkable companies.

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AppNexus is today's most powerful, open and customizable advertising technology platform. Advertising's largest and most innovative companies build their businesses on AppNexus.