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First Data

Creator of Spree and the former CEO of Spree Commerce. Passionate about technology, open source and ecommerce. Now works for First Data after Spree Commerce was acquired in 2015.


Sticker Mule
Spree Co-Founder

E-Commerce hacker, open source icon, board gamer, whiskey drinker. Sticker Mule CTO. Spree Commerce Co-Founder and former CTO. Professionally specializing in E-Commerce systems and helping clients letverage open source software stacks to meet their daily business requirements.


First Data

Passionate advocate of ruby and open-source. Emacs aficionado. Now works for First Data after Spree Commerce was acquired in 2015.

Christine Souffrant


A globally recognized speaker, Christine Souffrant is a Haitian American entrepreneur with 7 years of business management experience across 30+countries. She was selected for the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, and has spoken on leadership, disruptive entrepreneurship and social impact innovation at the United Nations, TEDx and multiple other conferences.


Spark Solutions
Spree Core Team

Spree Commerce open source project Core team member and Tech Lead since 2016. Creating web apps since 2004. Founded or worked in several startups. Co-founded Spark Solutions, a software house crafting ambitious E-Commerce projects in Ruby on Rails, ReactJS and Spree Commerce.



Solutions Consulting Manager at PayPal with 16 years’ experience of Software Engineering in Sweden, Australia and USA. Sparked and oversaw development of a new open-source Braintree extension for Spree Commerce 3.x and 2.x for slick buying experiences, customizable drop-in UI, and for the first time Pay with PayPal. See the extension.


B/C Designers

Entrepreneur and Design Thinker. Co-Founder & Technical Lead of B/C Designers, a strategy & business consulting meets experience design firm headquartered in St.Louis. Founder of Muzio, a seamless story telling app, featured in NYT, VentureBeat, FastCompany & more.



Technical Lead for GoDaddy Online Store (OLS) built on top of Spree, customized for multi-tenant model and to scale. Today OLS hosts tens of thousands of stores running on the Spree based foundation. OLS team keeps adding new features continuously. This also allowed GoDaddy to become more active on the Open Source community.


Codeminer 42

Entrepreneur, developer, E-commerce influencer, Ruby evangelist, activist and influencer since 2006. Co-Founder of Codeminer 42 America LLC, a Brazilian based and USA incorporated Rails and New Tech offshore outsourcing boutique. Blogs at Also founder and organizer of Rubyconf Brazil since 2008.



Entrepreneur and technologist, owner of Vinsol whose developers serve at Spree Core Team. Expert in building both software and high performance development teams. For over 16 years, he's been exceeding the expectations of demanding clients ranging from large enterprises to start-ups in the United States and Europe.


FCP Euro

Alex is VP of eCommerce at FCP Euro, a global eCommerce provider of European car parts. A self-taught marketer Alex now leads an extensive service, marketing, web development, and catalog team spanning across 4 countries generating over $25 Million in annual revenue.


Mitchell Stores

Lead Developer at Mitchell Stores, a family-owned and -operated conglomerate of retail and online luxury stores—including Mitchells of Westport, Richards of Greenwich, Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco and Palo Alto, and Marios in Portland and Seattle—with over $100 million in annual sales. Eric has previously worked as a developer for Teladoc and Yale University.



Has a great mix of technical skills and marketing prowess that provide Scratch with a unique advantage. In just one year, Chris jumped head first into the Scratch Academy overhaul SpreeCommerce, CRM /ERP, project, rebuilt the Scratch Events website and is now expanding the features of the Scratch portal web-app for talent and clients.



Terena Bell is CEO of TVRunway, a backend API search engine that women use to identify clothes in online videos while they watch. Before starting TVRunway, Terena was a producer with CBS & NBC and served on the White House Business Roundtable. TVRunway is her second startup; she sold the first, an international translation company, in 2015.



Senior e-comm developer on GoDaddy Online Store (OLS) team built on top of Spree. OLS serves tens of thousands of GoDaddy customers in reaching their e-commerce and small business goals. He also helps host the local Ruby::AZ meetups at GoDaddy. Jason has worked for companies like Nationwide Insurance and Anheuser-Busch distributors.



Daniel Rodriguez Libreros is the Head of Product of ÉCOLE. As the Lead Full Stack Engineer, Daniel has brought to life a mobile-first e-commerce platform. Daniel is a skilled engineer with experience in UX/UI design. No stranger to the startup landscape, Daniel co-founded two startups prior to ÉCOLE.



CEO of token, a FinTech startup that disrupts fraud, he is an international serial entrepreneur with extensive background in Data Security, Strategy, Marketing and Product. Zohar is a valuable member of various entrepreneurs clubs, such as YEC, and his startup token was recently selected to join prestigious Startup Bootcamp.

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Rise New York is part of a global community of the world’s brightest thinkers and doers creating the future of financial technology.
We listen, nurture and oxygenate through our international network of Rise spaces, and connect, co-create, and scale innovation, in partnership with Barclays. Rise New York also houses a world-class event space and is home to the U.S. cohort of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

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2 days packed with E-Commerce know-how, discussion, platform debates for both devs and business people.

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  • 09.00 - 10.00Breakfast networking session
  • 10.00 - 10.20 / Christine SouffrantFuture of commerce: Street Market vs the E-commerce Economies
  • 10.20 - 10.40 / Damian Legawiec & Mike FaberSpree - E-commerce framework overview & dev roadmap
  • 10.40 - 11.00 / Brian QuinnOur Spree Journey: Spree at Sticker Mule 6 years later
  • 11.00 - 11.20 / Fabio AkitaPremature Optimization: The Root of All Evil
  • 11.20 - 11.40 / Michael TuckerScaling Spree as a Service: how GoDaddy used Spree to build their Online Store product and power thousands of storefronts for small businesses and individuals on a single platform. Understand the business objectives and technical architecture, and see some interesting road bumps encountered along the way.
  • 11.40 - 12.40PANEL: E-commerce software development challenges
    Brian Quinn
    Fabio Akita
    Michael Tucker
    Jason Swencki
    Jimmie Lindstrom
    Damian Legawiec
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  • 12.40 - 01.30Lunch & networking break
    01.30 - 03.00 / Sean Schofield & Richard ListerFearless Deployment
  • 03.00 - 04.00PLATFORM PROs & CONs DEBATE
  • Spree vs. Magento vs. SaaS Ecommercedebate - join now!
    Christopher Knight
    Michael Tucker
    Jason Swencki
    Damian Legawiec
  • Debates conclusions
  • 04.00 - 04.305 min LIGHTNING TALKS from event participants
  • 05.00 - 07.00Networking Happy Hour
  • 09.00 - 10.00Breakfast networking session
  • 10.00 - 10.20 / Zohar SteinbergPayments landscape 2016 and onwards
  • 10.20 - 11.00 / tbc
  • 11.00 - 12.00 / Jimmie LindstromE-PAYMENTS WORKSHOP: Introduction to Braintree
  • 12.00 - 01.00Lunch & networking break
  • 01.00 - 03.00E-commerce SUCCESS STORIES [20-30min each] - Alex Frank - Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin
    Mitchell Stores - Eric Kurzenberger - Christopher Knight - Daniel Rodriguez Libreros
  • 03.00 - 04.00PANEL: E-commerce best practices for 2016 and beyond Jimmie Lindstrom
    Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin
    Terena Bell
    Michael Tucker
    Jason Swencki
    Damian Legawiec
    Zohar Steinberg
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  • 04.00 - 05.005 min LIGHTNING TALKS from event participants

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