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At 8th Light, we craft software that is beautiful, durable, and shows pride in craftsmanship. We are experts in applying the practices and principles of software craftsmanship to all different languages and frameworks. Whether training in a classroom setting or embedded inside of client teams, we help discover and develop software solutions that are durable, extensible, and easily maintainable. We reserve 10 percent of our week to community-oriented projects like 8th Light University and open source contributions; and within the last year, we have expanded from our original Chicagoland locations to open offices in Los Angeles and London. To learn more, visit http://8thlight.com.
WisdomGroup is a software company that builds web and mobile apps. The company assumed leadership of a local Ruby user group in 2007, changed the group’s name to ChicagoRuby, and merged with the downtown-based Chirb in 2009. Somewhere in the midst of that activity, WisdomGroup created WindyCityRails, WindyCityThings, and RubyCaribe.
Enova is a web-based consumer short-term lending company located in downtown Chicago. Founded in 2004, Enova has grown at a tremendous pace since its inception. Today, Enova has over 800 team members providing trusted online financial services to millions of hardworking people in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Enova Technology is a place where top talent gets to operate as an owner. With a technology stack built on open-source software — particularly Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL and Linux — developers and engineers have the opportunity to implement innovative solutions on cutting-edge technologies while driving results through customer-friendly applications and systems.
Braintree builds products that make payments easier—so easy that they fade into the background, making entirely new kinds of interactions possible. The Braintree full-stack payment platform lets companies build their own experiences and scale their businesses. Known for simple technology and white-glove support, Braintree creates a frictionless payments experience.
Acquired by PayPal in 2013, Braintree is now in an even greater position to change the way people pay. The team recently launched v.zero, a SDK that enables processing of all payment instruments and platforms in a single code path. Braintree is headquartered in Chicago, with offices around the globe. Details: http://joinbraintree.com
Avant is a fast-growing marketplace lending platform that is lowering the costs and barriers of borrowing for consumers. Through the use of big data and machine-learning algorithms, the company offers a unique and highly customized approach to streamlined credit options. At its core, Avant is a tech company that is dedicated to creating innovative and practical financial products for all consumers. To date, Avant has secured more than $1.7 billion in funding and arranged to sell another $1.8 billion through its institutional marketplace. More than 480,000 loans have been issued through the Avant website totaling more than $3 billion. Avant has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Fortune, Bloomberg and Crain’s Chicago Business. In 2015, Avant was named to Forbes America’s Most Promising Companies list as well as Forbes list of Next Billion Dollar Startups. Find out more at www.avant.com.
Reverb was founded in 2012 to create the best place for musicians to buy and sell the gear they use to create the music they love. Our marketplace was built to foster safe transactions, inspire musicians to discover more ways to expand their playing and sound, and cultivate the most vibrant and inspired music community anywhere online. Today Reverb is quickly emerging as a dominant force in the industry, growing from 8 to 40 employees over the last year. Developers at Reverb not only write code, but take ownership of features from conception to release, working directly with stakeholders and customers while surrounded by beautiful musical instruments. Reverb is built on Ruby and uses best practices like domain driven design, hypermedia APIs, and is powered by PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, and AWS.
Bugsnag gives Rails developers the tools and workflow they need to spend more time shipping and less time fixing. We help you take a proactive approach to software quality, translating exceptions and errors into action. With Bugsnag, Rails developers are free to innovate and build applications that can evolve with the pace of modern business.
Twilio provides an API platform that helps developers build communications solutions that meet their specific needs. Whether integrating voice, messaging or VoIP capabilities into a web or mobile app, Twilio removes traditional obstacles to engineering effective communications experiences.
Table XI is a Chicago-based digital strategy and development firm comprised of a tight-knit group of smart, motivated people. We build incredible mobile and web applications for our clients - delivering business value is our passion. Our team shares the common bond of curiosity which we channel into our work for our clients and for ourselves. Read more about us at http://tablexi.com.
Envestnet Yodlee empowers visionary entrepreneurs, partners, and developers to build the next generation of disruptive and innovative FinTech solutions using the award-winning platform. When you access the Envestnet Yodlee API, you leverage the most robust financial account and transactional data available today. Through our APIs, we help you bring innovative FinApps to market more quickly using the richest consumer transactional data in the world. It’s no surprise that every “hot” FinTech solution in the market is powered by our API.
For more information on using our APIs for your FinTech startup check out http://developer.yodlee.com.
ThoughtWorks - A software company and community of passionate individuals whose purpose is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change. Our product division, ThoughtWorks Studios, makes pioneering tools for software teams who aspire to be great; such as Mingle®, Go™ and Twist®, which help organizations better collaborate and deliver quality software. Our clients are people and organizations with ambitious missions; we deliver disruptive thinking and technology to empower them to succeed. In our 20th year, over 2300 ThoughtWorks employees - ‘ThoughtWorkers’ - are currently serving clients from offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, India, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, the U.K., and the U.S.
Basecamp has been making the world’s best project management platform for over a decade. In 2005, the best parts of the original Basecamp app were extracted to create an open sourced web framework. That framework happened to be the first version of Ruby on Rails! Basecamp couldn’t be any more proud to support Rails users everywhere. You can sign up for your own Basecamp account free for 60 days at www.basecamp.com.
DevMynd is a software design and development firm that launches new products on mobile and web. In partnering with our clients, we bring new ideas to market, create inventive experiences, and help to connect with new audiences. We take your next big idea, and back it with smart, responsive software development. Where we can help: front + back end development, agile product discovery, design + user experience, DevOps + infrastructure, data science + analytics.
Echobind is a consultancy that uses Ember and Rails to build exceptional applications. We help existing teams improve their products and bring new concepts to life across industries ranging from financial services to healthcare.
CoreOS, Inc. provides the components needed to build distributed systems to support application containers. CoreOS is the creator of Tectonic, an enterprise-ready platform that combines Google’s Kubernetes and the CoreOS stack for running Linux containers. In addition, CoreOS is the creator and maintainer of open source projects CoreOS Linux, etcd, fleet, flannel and rkt. The strategies and architectures that influence CoreOS allow companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to run their services at scale with high resilience. Learn more at https://coreos.com/, https://tectonic.com/ or follow CoreOS on Twitter (@coreoslinux).
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ChicagoRuby is a group of Ruby and Ruby on Rails enthusiasts. The group hosts multiple events each month in downtown Chicago and in the suburbs. Meetings are a place where members share knowledge and excitement about the language and the framework. If you’re a Rubyist in Chicago, you are invited to come on out and explore the group. Learn more at ChicagoRuby.org.
O’Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazine, and conferences. Since 1978, O’Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying “faint signals” from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Visit www.oreilly.com for details.
InformIT is the online presence of the family of information technology publishers and brands of Pearson, the world’s largest learning company. InformIT is home to the leading technology publishing imprints Addison-Wesley Professional, Cisco Press, IBM Press, Pearson IT Certification, Prentice Hall Professional, QUE, Sams, and VMware Press. Microsoft Press books and eBooks are published by Microsoft and distributed by Pearson Education. We also offer products geared toward the professional business audience from our publishing partner FT Press, and Big Nerd Ranch offers intensive, head-down computer programming courses taught by experts. Here you will gain access to trusted and quality content and resources from the authors, creators, innovators, and leaders of technology and business. Whether you’re looking for a book on a new technology, a helpful article, timely newsletters or access to the Safari digital library, InformIT has a solution for you.