The Gilt Team in Dublin Launches 5@4

HBC Tech APR 29, 2014

Among the Gilt tech team’s most honored traditions is the 5@4: a team-wide gathering, held every other Friday at 4 PM EST, featuring five short (usually) presentations by Gilt technologists. Begun in 2011, 5@4 gives us opportunities to share our knowledge about everything from journaling in PostgreSQL to demystifying concurrent programming in Scala 2.10 with Akka. We reserve the last talk of the hour for a non-tech topic (kite-surfing, Canadian...

We Won the Webby!

HBC Tech APR 28, 2014

Today Gilt learned that our iPhone app won this year’s Webby Award in the best iPhone app, shopping (handheld devices) category! Organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, the Webbys are “the Oscars of the Internet,” with more than 12,000 applicants participating in this year’s overall competition. Congrats to everyone on the Gilt team–especially our talented mobile engineers–for achieving this honor!

Dr. Roland Kuhn of Typesafe Visits Gilt

HBC Tech APR 28, 2014

On Friday afternoon Gilt’s tech team was honored to host Dr. Roland Kuhn of Typesafe, who stopped by our NYC office to have some lunch and to chat with a few of our engineers. Based in Sweden, Dr. Kuhn was passing through NYC on his way from Philadelphia, where the night before he appeared at the Philly Area Scala Enthusiasts meetup and led a live-coding session. The leader of the...

Gilt Lunchtime Tech Talk: "Spray Some NSQ On It"

HBC Tech APR 25, 2014

Earlier this week Gilt’s tech team in NYC hosted a lunchtime tech talk by Matt Reiferson, the CTO (“Control Tower Operator”) of the New York based consumer web company Torando Labs. Matt’s speaking at this weekend’s GopherCon in Denver, Colo. and came over to do a trial run of his presentation, “Spray Some NSQ On It."His abstract: NSQ is a real-time distributed messaging platform, built entirely in Go, that promotes...

"Java 8 vs. Scala" and More at the Dublin Scala Users Group

HBC Tech APR 25, 2014

The Gilt engineering team in Dublin hosts the next Dublin Scala Users Group meetup this coming Wednesday (April 30) at Engine Yard’s offices! This installment of the Dublin SUG–an earlier gathering of which you see above (that’s Principal Software Engineer Gregor Heine giving the lowdown on Scala self-types)–features talks by Gilt and Workday as well as beer, pizza, and lots of awesome engineers. More on those talks: Gilt Software Engineer...

Gilt CEO Michelle Peluso is a Mentorship Champion!

HBC Tech APR 23, 2014

This year the Step Up Women’s Network named Gilt CEO Michelle Peluso their 2014 Mentorship Champion! Step Up is a nonprofit that empowers teen girls from under-resourced communities, supports professional women with career development, and promotes mentorship and financial support for both girls and women. Tomorrow (April 24) Step Up will honor Michelle at their Power Hour fund-raising event at the Hearst Tower in NYC. Other Gilt leaders, including COO...

Come to the Docker Panel Discussion at Gilt!

HBC Tech APR 23, 2014

We’re super-excited to be cohosting a panel discussion with Docker and the Docker New York City meetup group next Tuesday, April 29! The event  starts at 6:30 PM at our 2 Park Avenue office and features Gilt Co-Founder/CTO Michael Bryzek, Docker VP of Services James Turnbull and DevTable co-founder Jacob Moshenko. Thrillist Lead DevOps Engineer/Docker NYC co-organizer Jesse White will moderate the panel, which will cover topics ranging from Docker’s evolution...

Visit Gilt at NYC TechDay (and Play Some Games)!

HBC Tech APR 22, 2014

Gilt is one of more than 400 tech companies exhibiting at this year’s NYC TechDay–a start-up science fair at Pier 92 that TechDay organizers claim is “the world’s largest start-up event.” This year more than 11,000 people RSVPed to attend–and we want to meet them all! Registration is free, so if you live anywhere near New York City go ahead and sign up here. A delegation from Gilt’s Tech team–including half...

Gilt's Back Office Goes to the Snapple Theater This Thursday

HBC Tech APR 22, 2014

This Thursday (April 24) Gilt Director of Back Office Systems Christopher Hazlett will appear at NYC’s Snapple Theater for “Business Dilemma: Effective Tech Team Management,” an event organized by the New York City Web Development Community meetup. Tailored to the interests of business owners, project managers, developers, and other stakeholders, the night’s presentations are meant to help the audience “bridge the disconnect that exists between management and tech people.” Titled...

Gilt Goes to Hack Red Hook Tonight

HBC Tech APR 18, 2014

Gilt Featured at This Weekend's LambdaConf

HBC Tech APR 18, 2014

Gilt Lead Software Engineer Yoni Goldberg traveled all the way to Boulder, Colo. this weekend to present at LambdaConf, a full-day conference featuring functional programming-related talks and workshops. Yoni’s talk focuses on the evolution of Gilt’s architecture from a monolithic Rails app to a distributed Scala micro-services system. Check out an earlier version of his presentation (from NYC Tech Talks earlier this year) below!

Check out the Slides from "Mobile Testing at Gilt"

HBC Tech APR 18, 2014

This past Wednesday, Gilt Senior Software Engineer Matt Isaacs presented a talk at the Brooklyn iOS Developer meetup on how we do mobile testing–and if you couldn’t make it, then check out the slides above! Almost half of the Gilt Mobile team came out to the event to watch/support Matt and hear talks from other companies, including FiftyThree–whose amazing Pencil is something that several of us definitely covet–and CBS Sports....

Vote for Gilt in This Year's Webby Awards!

HBC Tech APR 16, 2014

We are excited and proud to tell you that the Gilt iPhone and Gilt iPad apps have each been nominated for Webby Awards this year! Our apps are nominees in the “Mobile & Apps Handheld: Shopping” and “Mobile & Apps Tablet: Shopping” categories. If you love our apps (and we hope you do), please take a minute to vote for them. But hurry: Voting ends April 25! Gilt iPhone App:...

taxes and payments at gilt

HBC Tech APR 16, 2014

Last night I presented “Taxes and Payments at Gilt” at the Portland Java User Group in Portland, Oregon. I discussed Gilt’s checkout system, tax calculator implementation, and payment infrastructure. Thanks to Jama Software for hosting the event.

Brooklyn iOS Developer Meetup Features Gilt

HBC Tech APR 16, 2014

Tonight Matt Isaacs represents Gilt at the Brooklyn iOS Developer meetup’s monthly event! Matt, a Senior Software Engineer on our mobile team, will discuss how we’ve streamlined testing by adopting Sauce Labs’ Appium and other automated tools. He’ll also talk about some of the technical and cultural pain points related to mobile testing, and discuss Gilt’s approach to mitigating these issues. Speakers from CBS Sports, FiftyThree and Small Planet will...

Check out the Slides from Gilt PMO's "The Agile PMO" Talk

HBC Tech APR 15, 2014

Last night Gilt Senior Director, PMO Heather Fleming and Director of Program Management Justin Riservato headlined Agile NYC’s monthly meetup and told the audience all about the “Triangle of Truth,” the “Cone of Uncertainty,” and other slightly Illuminati-sounding things! Check out their slides above and tweet us what you think!

Planet Cassandra Features Gilt

HBC Tech APR 15, 2014

Thanks to DataStax for featuring our recent, hands-on Cassandra workshop–part of our free tech courses initiative–on their Planet Cassandra blog! Go here to learn more about the class, taught by Niall Milton of DigBigData and DataStax.

NYC HTML5 Features Gilt in April

HBC Tech APR 14, 2014

Gilt PMO Featured at Agile NYC Tonight!

HBC Tech APR 14, 2014

Gilt Senior Director, PMO Heather Fleming and Director of Program Management Justin Riservato are the featured speakers at Agile NYC's  meetup this evening at Pace University! Heather and Justin will demonstrate how an Agile PMO can help your organization make sure they are tackling the right work at the right time and with the right teams. They’ll share a retrospective on their multiple iterations, from “Request for Work” processes to...

Portland Java Users Group Features Gilt on Tax Day

HBC Tech APR 11, 2014

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