Monday, June 6th, 2011

APIs, Chrome and the Cloud, Oh My: Last Week’s Meetups at Box

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Our team is always excited to talk to developers, which is why we’re so thrilled when we get to invite people to Box HQ for tech talks and developer meetups. Thanks to the support of the Silicon Valley community, meetups are now becoming an almost weekly occurrence at Box. Just last week, we were lucky enough to host two excellent talks, one about Chrome OS, and another about APIs in the enterprise. There was an abundance of fantastic speakers in attendance, all of whom were both enlightening and entertaining.

On Tuesday at the Chrome meetup, we heard from one of the folks responsible for Chrome OS – Ido Green of Google, who presented on the Chrome Web Store and new Chrome platform features. Next up was our own platform manager Jeremy Glassenberg, who gave a presentation on Box’s work with the latest Chrome features, namely the File Browser Handler that can easily send files from Chrome onto Box. Finally, we had a presentation by Sentil, a web game developer highlighting the benefits of the Chrome Web Store.

It’s always an amazing experience to hear about the newest innovations in Silicon Valley, especially when it’s straight from a member of a product’s development team. We certainly consider it a privilege to have not only such an excellent panel of speakers, but also such a great audience in attendance.

Of course, the fun didn’t stop there – Wednesday brought the Open API Economy meetup group to Box HQ, and with it a fantastic group of attendees hailing from companies like Netflix, Oracle, IBM, and Prezi. The speakers were also top notch, of course. First up was hacker-turned-consultant Ben Metcalfe, who explained how to create a successful Enterprise-grade API from the ground up. Next was own Jeremy Glassenberg (yes, again!), who taught us how to take an Enterprise API and scale it up. Finally, Tyler Hannan, a man with a voice so booming I had to turn the speakers down, spoke on the “bipolar” nature of messaging around a platform and how it must be different things to different people. We were able to capture this entire meetup on video, so check it out below to catch all our speakers’ presentations.

I can’t say enough about how pleased we are to have these kinds of innovators and thought leaders in our offices, and we can’t wait to have more. In fact, this week we’ll be hosting two more groups, SVDevOps and the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group. To get the details and stay informed on future meetups at Box HQ, head on over to our page on meetup.com. We hope you can join us for a future tech talk!

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