Philly Tech Talks: event series has engineers talk about scaling web products

From First Round Capital and startups Perceptual Networks and DuckDuckGo comes Philly Tech Talks, a series of free talks for engineers with a specific focus: how do you scale a product? Philly Tech Talks hopes to create a space for engineers to learn about scaling products on a large level, says co-organizer and Perceptual Networks […]

The massively multiplayer offshoot of the popular video game franchise came out earlier this year. Its maker, ZeniMax Media, employs over 200 in Hunt Valley.

Rockville-based video game publisher ZeniMax Media, which also has offices in Hunt Valley, laid off an unspecified number of employees on its "The Elder Scrolls Online" team, industry blog Joystiq reports.

"As is the norm for games of this type, we had ramped up a large workforce to develop a game of vast scale, and ramped up our customer service to handle the expected questions and community needs of The Elder Scrolls Online at launch," Bethesda VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines told Joystiq. "Now that we are nearly 6 months post launch, we have a thriving online community in a game that runs smoothly." 

Hines continued that the studio has adjusted staffing to meet the ongoing needs and continues to operate with a large work force.
Hines indicated to Joystiq that the company would continue to operate "large support centers" in Hunt Valley and Ireland. As of 2012, the company had more than 200 employees in Hunt Valley. "The Elder Scrolls Online," a massively multiplayer game and part of the popular "Elder Scrolls" franchise, was released earlier this year for Windows and OS X. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports are planned for release late this year or early next year. [link href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/03/elder-scrolls-online-layoffs-bethesda-zenimax/" text="Read the full story on Joystiq"]

From First Round Capital and startups Perceptual Networks and DuckDuckGo comes Philly Tech Talks, a series of free talks for engineers with a specific focus: how do you scale a product?

Philly Tech Talks hopes to create a space for engineers to learn about scaling products on a large level, says co-organizer and Perceptual Networks cofounder Cheyenne Ehrlich, who himself has scaled web properties to 30 to 40 million users, he says. [Updated, see below] Ehrlich says this kind of education seemed to be missing in Philly.

The first event, which is already sold out, will host Luke Rajlich, co-creator and former CTO of Farmvilleon Nov. 10. Next up will be Tikhon Bernstam, cofounder of Parse and Scribd.

Sign up for the waiting list here. Those on the waiting list will be the first to hear about the second event, which has not been scheduled yet.

Most of the speakers will be from out-of-town, Ehrlich says, because there aren’t too many local engineers with experience scaling at such a large level. (Though hopefully, this could change that.)

Ehrlich also stresses that the talks will be highly technical and will probably go over the heads of non-engineers.

Updated 11/6/12 9:38 a.m. to reflect that Ehrlich has scaled web properties to 30 to 40 million users, not 30 to 40 billion users.

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