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May Chicago PUG announcements

We had an amazing attendance at Chicago PUG meetup last week. I was looking at the audience and thinking about the first Chicago PUG in the Braviant Office in January 2017. Sixteen meetups later – this was our last meeting in this building. In less than a months our company will move to the new home, and Chicago PUG will also have a new beautiful space for the meetups.

These past almost eighteen months were quite a journey, and a really exciting one, thanks to the generous sponsorship of PgUS, thanks for amazing speakers, including Joe Conway, Bruce Momjian, and many other outstanding researches and practitioners from the Postgres community, and last but not least – thanks to all of the active participants.

We are committed to continue making each Chicago PUG meetup a memorable event, and as a part of this effort we are going to Introduce Chicago PUG 2018 awards:


  1. Best presentation award (voting will take place in December)
  2. Participation award: the company which will have the largest total number of participants in May – Nov meetups
  3. Diversity award – the talk presented by somebody from under-represented demographics.

With this in mind – please join us at our new address 33 N. LaSalle Floor 8 on June 26 2018 at 5-30 PM.  The RSVP link is here.


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We are featured in buitinchicago!

Yesterday our tech team was featured in the buititchicago blog post All about impact: Why 6 Chicagoans left corporate life for startups. I am seconding everything what was said about our culture, and I love this picture of our team!

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It has been two years!

Although LinkedIn has been announcing for a while that my work anniversary is coming, it is actually today. Two years ago my new life has started, and it is still new 🙂 I was thinking that I will write a huge post about these two years, and how productive they were. But then I thought, that in course of there two years each and single post in this blog was exactly about this: what cool things did I discover, how amazing my coworkers are,  how all my dreams have come true.

I do not have anything more to say except of these were amazing two year, and I am looking forward for at least… several years like that!

… and we are still hiring!

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February Chicago PUG – what the conversation was about

It’a almost time for our March PUG, and I never blogged about the February one, I guess now it’s as good as any other, especially because  the March PUG is just several days away, and as usual I hope to attract more people to our next event

As for the February PUG,  I really liked it, even though I managed to completely mess up and accidentally cancelled the meetup! I am still not used to the new Meetup editor. Nevertheless, perhaps it was even better, that I’ve made people to re-confirm their participation at the last minute.

I was presenting our most recent work –  a new framework for efficient communications between a database and a web application. My favorite topic; and I was super -excited to share our success. And I was very glad, that one of our application developers decided to stay for the PUG, because very soon all the questions merged into one big question: what did you do to make it happen? What did it take to change the developers mindset? How did we pull it all together?

And my coworker started to describe, how we did it. And I’ve realized, that I almost forgot about many obstacles, which we had overcome. How many things didn’t work from the very beginning. How many “extra miles” we had to walk in both directions.

Answering the comments on one of my previous posts on that topic: it’s just not so easy to write a “matrix” of decisions which would automatically replace the ORM. Most of the time it’s a customized development. If an app developer would always know that method A involves three joins on a database side, and method B pulls the attributes from the same table as  method C… then probably they won’t start using ORM from the very beginning. But the purpose of ORM is to hide these details!

It’s not easy to do things differently, Especially in a small startup. With all the deadlines, and with clear understanding that there is a potential slowdown in development. But we all tried to do the right thing – as a team. I give a credit to myself for coming up with a framework which at the end of the day is easy and convenient to use in the application. And I give even a bigger credit to the whole team for willingness to work through all the issues toward the best solution.

My fellow chicagoans! If by now you feel sorry you missed the February PUG – please consider coming to the March PUG upcoming Wednesday!  Johnathan Katz from Crunchy Data  will be presenting the talk “An Introduction to Using PostgreSQL with Docker & Kubernetes”. We expect another “bridging the gap” event 🙂

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One more database position at Braviant Holdings

We have one more opening! And we want to fill this one ASAP. Here is a position description (and a place to apply): Postgres DBA at Braviant

A person in this position will be reporting to me, helping me to build the state of the art system, using the most cutting-edge technologies, and last but not least – will be able to learn the best practices of the trade from me. The position description is more DBA-like style, and that’s what I need most at the moment, but if a person in this position will show interest in more database development work, the opportunities are endless.

More exciting things to do, than anybody can imagine, but I desperately need at least one more pair of hands!



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We are hiring again

Or, to be more specific – I am looking for a next member of our database team. I am looking for a database developer, who can and wants to work with the applications and application developers. Or may be the opposite – an application developer, who wants and can switch to the database development. This person should have a solid knowledge of  math and be able to distinguish between good  SQL and bad SQL.

What I mean: it’s OK if a person does not know what the CTE is and how to use them, it’s way worse if a candidate does know what a CTE is, but does not know why and when they should be avoided.

And yes, I know I have extremely unrealistic expectations :), but I still hope there is somebody, who is interested in working with unique new technologies, and in being a part of a real technological adventure!

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Today’s news  made me proud of our company yet again: Braviant Holdings was featured in  Built In Chicago’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2018! 

Today I could not stop thinking about the day when we moved to this office – it was juts 15 months ago, and there were only nine of us, and looking at the empty office space we would find it hard to imagine that at some point all this space will be filled!  But here we are – and we continue to hire.

We are hiring for all possible IT positions: UI/UX, App Developer, DB developer, QA, BA. We have a great team already, and we hope that each new person will add a significant value.

Let me know if you are interested 🙂

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