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Gavin M. Roy

Gavin M. Roy has over 20 years of experience in the Internet industry as a CTO, CIO, Senior Application Architect and technology leader. Gavin has been responsible for the technical architecture and operational stability of several large-scale web properties. As the CTO of myYearbook.com, Gavin helped grow the company from early-startup to a Comscore top 20 trafficked site in the United States and ultimately helped lead the company through a merger, growing the engineering organization to a headcount of over 80 people. As myYearbook.com was rebranded to MeetMe.com, Gavin oversaw the core architectural and operational changes required to both address technical debt and a large-scale internationalization effort. Currently, Gavin is the VP of Architecture for AWeber Communications and writing a book on RabbitMQ for Manning Publications.

As a hands-on technologist with a passion for open-source software and emerging technologies, Gavin is often evaluating new systems, languages and paradigms pushing both himself and his team to embrace best-of-breed methodologies, tools and languages. Gavin’s current interest in these areas includes functional and asynchronous back-end programming in Erlang, Python, and Javascript (node.js) as well as large scale messaging based architectures using RabbitMQ.

Gavin started his career in Internet development in the mid-90’s developing websites and working as an open-source advocate. Out of his experience in this area, Gavin co-founded ReadySetNet, a Hollywood based web development firm servicing many top-tier corporate and entertainment industry clients.

Gavin is currently active in several open source projects and communities including Python, PostgreSQL and RabbitMQ. Gavin is the maintainer of pika, the semi-official Python client-library for RabbitMQ and is currently writing a book for Manning Publications entitled RabbitMQ in Depth. As a contributor to the PostgreSQL, Gavin has been the keynote speaker at pgCon, the annual PostgreSQL developer conference. In addition, Gavin is a repeat speaker at the annual Python Software Foundation run PyCon conference. Gavin is a member of several professional organizations including the PSF, MAAWG and the IEEE.

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