Facilitating the Spread of Knowledge and Innovation in Professional Software Development

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Learnings from a Culture-First Start-up



Sunil Sadasivan talks about some of Buffer’s culture experiments to illustrate how cultivating and iterating on a team's culture can improve happiness, productivity, employee retention, and overall growth. Being a globally distributed team and defaulting to transparency are just two of the many things Buffer culture is known for.


Sunil Sadasivan is CTO at Buffer. He started as the second engineer (employee #5) in 2012 and helped grow Buffer to now 93 people and 10 million Annual Recurring Revenue. Throughout the journey, Sadasivan has architected the back-end infrastructure, led engineering hiring, pioneered Buffer's diversity initiatives, and helped shape Buffer's culture values.

About the conference

Software is changing the world. QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

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Aug 14, 2016