Event Endorsements

Recommended Host for CEO/CTO/VPE/CIO Events

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I recently attended one of Walter's gatherings for CTOs & tech execs, and found it to be one of the best networking events I've attended in recent memory.

Walter somehow managed to not only gather dozens of execs from notable companies in the same room, but to filter the attendee list by company size and area of interest. I came away impressed both by the quality of his network, and by his ingenuity in executing the whole thing. I would absolutely recommend his events to anyone fortunate enough to receive an invitation.

Ryan Graciano

CTO & Cofounder, Credit Karma

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Walter does a fantastic job bringing together technical leaders for informal networking events. I haven't had the chance to work with Walter professionally (yet!) but it's clear from his ability to pull top talent for his hangout sessions that he knows how to tap in to what we care about.

Robert Conrad

VP Engineering, Crunchbase

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Attending the Executive Networking Events hosted by Walter has been of immense value to me. These events have given me an opportunity to meet my peers, discuss and validate various strategies and approaches to scaling engineering teams and technology. I highly recommend these events to Engineering Executives who like to share their experiences and learn from others. l am looking forward to the next event hosted by Walter.

Chetan Pungaliya

Co-founder, VP Engineering

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"I have attended Walter's events and was amazingly surprised at the number and caliber of the attendees he was able to get to come. The way he ran the event with guest speakers, a panel discussion, followed by breakout roundtable discussions for all to participate, made it so easy and useful to network with fellow CTOs. It was great to be able to discuss hot issues and bounce my ideas off of a handful of new peers. I have made great contacts from these events that I continue to talk to on a regular basis, and the advice I have gained from fellow attendees has been priceless. I look forward to attending future events.''

Scott Bedard

SVP of Engineering, Realtor.com

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"I had the pleasure of attending several roundtable networking events hosted by Walter. The events were a resounding success and were complimented by everyone I spoke to that attended. He managed the topics, questions, participation with great professional elegance. He matched participants to the roundtable topics brilliantly. If I were running a roundtable event, I would certainly call upon Walter.''

Kevin Barrett

CEO, Founder, Chita Systems

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“Walter's events are always interesting and well worth the time! It's always a pleasure to attend.”

Dave Sifry

VP Engineering, Lyft

ChetanP

“Attending the Executive Networking Events hosted by Walter has been of immense value to me. These events have given me an opportunity to meet my peers, discuss and validate various strategies and approaches to scaling engineering teams and technology. I highly recommend these events to Engineering Executives who like to share their experiences and learn from others. l am looking forward to the next event hosted by Walter.”

Chetan Pungaliya

Co-founder, VPE, Poshmark

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“I was recently at one of Walter's executive networking events and it was one of the best run such events I have been to. The guest list was well curated, and Walter made a effort to set up introductions based on shared interests. I had some very illuminating discussions.”

Prakash Menon

Chief Technology Officer, Glooko

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“Walter hosted a great event. It was great to meet people from both small and large companies and exchange ideas. There were no speeches or panels but informal discussions around the topics we are interested in. This format is excellent. I really enjoyed attending this event.”

Aruna Goli

VP of Software Engineering, Aera Technology

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“Walter… puts on fantastic events for the industry and is very well connected. I'm pleased to have worked with Walter both as a hiring manager needing to fill a role, and also as someone that he placed. He's my first stop either way!”

Will Francis

Director of DevOps, TuneIn

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“Walter holds regular networking events drawing in a great mix of technical leaders (CTOs, VPs, CEOs) from companies across the SF Bay Area. These events are a great way to network and find out about what is of interest to other technical leaders in the area. There is no sales pitch here, just networking. And if that's not enough, hors d'oeuvres and drinks are served! I've been going for the last few years and really enjoy them.”

Rick Spickelmier

VP Technology, BI and Analytics at Infor (Birst CTO/CISO)

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“The Walter Bacon Technical Leader Networking Event was great. It was informative and had a great mix of the many wonderful companies (large and small) in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. If you have a chance to attend the next one, don't miss it.”

Ingrum Putz

Data Protection & Risk, Google. Co-Founder of Tugboat Logic


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“I went to my first networking event hosted by Walter. It was a great experience, I had great discussions and learned a lot from the people I met. I haven't yet worked with Walter, but from the list of participants I met at the event, it's clear that Walter knows how to tap into the tech crowd and make connections.”

Steffen Enni

Director of Engineering, Flexport

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“The networking events have proven to be invaluable Every year I am in a room filled with peers across all the top companies making new friends, exchanging ideas, learning strategies and helping to build a professional network that I can't get any other way. Great job Walter!”

James Rowley

CTO, Worklete

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“I continue to attend Walter’s Executive Networking Events because they are always well worth the time. He provides a unique opportunity to meet with Executive Peers whom you might not normally be in a room with to discuss today's challenges, technology, and organizations. You should definitely go!”

Steve Brickman

CTO/Engineering Leadership, mscripts

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“Walter’s Executive Networking Events are super helpful for me. I get to engage other Engineering Executives from startups of all sizes and share my own personal experiences and insights related to rapidly scaling our SaaS Startup. I highly recommend being part of this Executive Community.”

Omri Ben Shitrit

Head of Engineering, Gusto

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“Walter is a very honest and trustworthy recruiter. He respects your time, listens to your requirements, and matches it with right candidates. His VP/CTO events are even more amazing and are great for networking, learning from peers in the industry. The connections made are extremely valuable and I found my VPE role at Webgility through a referral made by a connection at Walter's event. I really enjoy working with Walter and highly recommend his VP/CTO event!”

Kinnar Vora

Engineering Leadership, Amazon

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“Walter is incredibly well-connected in the tech community, and the knowledge sharing events that he hosts have been really helpful places for both me and our VP of Engineering to learn and share best practices and experiences. I always attend when I can.”

Matt Doka

 Co-Founder, Head of BD and CTO, FiveStars