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uWaterloo Alumni Tech Panel

On Tuesday evening, we opened up our office to uWaterloo co-op students and alumni working in the NYC area. Students gathered in the Yext headquarters to learn more about what it’s like to live and work in the New York tech scene, including jobs, housing, and social life.

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Our panelists for the evening included (from left to right):

  • Shinji Kim, Product Manager at YieldMo
  • Matthew Eggertson, R&D Architect at AppNexus
  • Sean MacIsaac, CTO at Yext
  • Rakesh Malhotra, VP of Products at Apprenda
  • Jeromy Carriere, Engineering Director at Google
  • Michael Kane, VP of Product at Betterment

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Sean acted as our panel moderator and covered a range of topics throughout the evening. He kicked off the event with a discussion about the differences between working in Canada versus the United States, and then progressed to a comparison of work environments on the East and West coasts. The panelists then transitioned into a conversation about choosing career paths in technology and finished the discussion with advice on how to develop yourself professionally.

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Some of the tips that resonated with the audience were:

  • “Try as many things as you can… let it {your passion} find you” -Rakesh M.
  • “Engineering is not going away, it is only going to accelerate” – Sean M.
  • Always find mentors who can help guide you – unanimous

AWS User Group Meetup

This week, Yext hosted the NYC AWS User Group to discuss techniques enabling migration applications to AWS. Education technology company Knewton, had their own unique perspective on the topic and joined in on the presentation.

We started the evening with drinks and networking. One of the guests was overheard joking about our idea of “light refreshments.” At Yext, there is never a shortage of good eats.

Speakers included Yext’s CTO, Sean MacIsaac and Knewton’s Director of Platform, Trevor Smith.

Sean MacIsaac, kicked off the discussion with a presentation on how Yext Engineering uses MySQL replication with RDS to enable Yext’s migration to AWS.

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Trevor Smith’s presentation on their migration from an in-house graph DB to Cassandra-backed Titan, raised a lot of questions.

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Trevor’s key advice for the evening, ”spend a lot of time understanding your problem.”

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Yext and Go

The engineering team at Yext is working with a new and exciting programming language called Go. We last hosted the Go community at the Yext HQ when one of the senior members of our engineering team, Rob Figueiredo (AKA RobFig), presented on a framework he created. On October 21st, we opened our doors once again to engineers interested in Go.

This time, we invited the Go Language Meetup Group to come by our offices with their computers for a casual hack night.

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We had a great turnout of engineers with a great variety of projects to work on.
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The attendees worked on Macs, PCs and one hacker even brought his own Raspberry Pi.
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It was a great night of coding, exploring new technology and socializing. In addition to dinner and beer, we also played some ping pong.

This will certainly not be the last Go language event we host at Yext!

 

CMU Meetup at Yext

Yext recently hosted a Meetup for Carnegie Mellon University Alumni from the Computer Science and Business programs. We had a blast connecting our engineering team, which includes of many CMU grads, with the greater CMU community in NYC.

Until next time!

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Our CEO, Howard Lerman

Event organizers and Yext CTO, Sean MacIsaac

Yext Night Out: TechCrunch Mini Meetup NYC

 

Last night we were lucky enough to be a part of TechCrunch’s inaugural Mini Meetup NYC.  The drinks were flowing, the tunes were blasting and New York’s finest were out in full force. We were lucky enough to be sponsors of the great event which took place at Bar13 last night from 6-10.

Along with ourselves there were some other great companies sponsoring the event including TraductoWhatRunsWhereParlorMyGenieReturn on Change (RoC)PeoplePerHour, andTouchTunes Interactive Networks, and thanks to MyPizza.com there was more pizza than I have ever seen in one place at one time. Anyone who stopped by the Yext table had the chance to walk away with a Yext Rubix Cube, which was a big hit.

I think the highlight of the night was the excellent rendition of Backstreet Boys, I Want it that Way. I’m not sure exactly who performed it since I was across the room, but kudos to whichever tech lovers were able to hit all the high notes in that one.

If you missed this meetup, hopefully we’ll see you at the next one. Here are some great pics from the night: