Vertigo @ Streaming Media West 2013



by Kurt Brockett

Good morning all! Just a heads up that Vertigo will be attending Streaming Media West 2013 this year down in Huntington Beach, CA. We have a handful of customers with sessions and exhibits and we’re always up for diving deeper into our media and entertainment business. I’ll be representing Vertigo here and I’m at the conference now through tomorrow afternoon. Drop me a note if you’d like to get together to chat! You can also follow along on twitter at #smwest and @kurtbrockett

EVENT: Jason Jarrett – PowerShell at Northern Nevada SDG

by Kurt Brockett

[UPDATED] – Jason has posted his presentation materials on his github account here:

One of Vertigo’s very own, Jason Jarrett  (@staxmanade), will be presenting at the Northern Nevada Software Developer Group tomorrow October 24, 2012 at 6p. We’re hoping to record the event and if so we’ll post back to The Wire with the full presentation.

From the NNSDG website here is the snippet about the presentation (link):

Nearly all developer on a windows machine should be leveraging PowerShell on a regular basis or you are wasting your time and your employer’s money. In this intro we’ll go over the PowerShell language, environment and some tips/tricks that will help power up your development productivity.

Jason Jarrett is a continuous learner who enjoys being challenged by new ideas and technologies. He currently works at Vertigo Software, Inc., a “best of” software consulting company with amazing people. Jason has developed solutions on the Microsoft stack since the start of the century. He is a member of the blogging community and blogs as topics and time arise. His interests include following the new and shiny while focusing on lessons learned, best practices, and teachings of respected developers in the software community. In 2008, Jason founded a popular unit testing tool StatLight, which became the defacto-standard when it came to running Silverlight unit tests on continuous integration servers. He enjoys open source and has contributed to some well-known .Net projects including the Castle Project, Moq, MassTransit, psake, and SpecFlow. Outside of software development he loves exploring and sharing the world with his wife two daughters.


Road Trip! with .NET Rocks!

by Kurt Brockett

Coming up on September 24th our CEO, Scott Stanfield (@seesharp) will be joining the guys at .NET Rocks! on their Visual Studio 2012 Launch Road Trip at the Salt Lake City stop.  You can read up on the trip on their website here.  They will be recording a live show at each stop and Scott promised to tweet along the way.  Should be a great trip and a good discussion on Windows 8, VS2012 and everything Microsoft .NET related.

Speaking: Dan Normington at That Conference

by Kurt Brockett

Our very own Dan Normington (@dannormington) will be speaking at That Conference coming up August 13-15.  You can catch the full lineup of speakers here (link).  Dan describes his talk according to his blog past here as:

“speaking on the impact of using your domain model for query purposes as well as how to use CQRS to seperate your reads from your writes”

Dan’s bio snap is below and you can follow all of his posts over on his blog Image Better Software.


by Kurt Brockett

Over in SF today for the HTML5 Dev Conf.  It’s a great little conference with what seems like around 500 attendees.  There are some great talks lined up and it will be interesting to see how the attitude is vs. last year around mobile apps and the power capabilities of the mobile web.  Last year there was a lot of talk around the performance gotchas in mobile browsers and their native web UI components.  We’ll see if this year some of those issues have been solved and hear more about the latest roadblocks with going web v. native development.

EVENT: Lean Back Meetup

by Kurt Brockett

Down in Sunnyvale this evening attending the Lean Back meet up.  This is Vertigo’s first time at the event and with our recent involvement with Xbox and our continued push into online video experiences it’s a perfect meetup for us.  The event covers all Connected-TV platforms and should be a great place to meet other companies that work in the space.

Shoot me an email kurt[atnospam_yesyou] if you are in the area.

EVENT: Creative Mornings SF

We’re over in the city this AM for Creative Mornings SF.  Tony Sokolowiski (@tonysoko) our Director of UX and I (@kurtbrockett) are here for a little end of week design shot in the arm.  It helps that the weather in SF is absolutely amazing!  If you happen to be here give us a shout.  At the very least join us next month, time TBD.  Below is the description of the talk.


This will be a live recording of the Let’s Make Mistakes podcast led by Mike Monteiroand Katie Gillum of Mule Design. They talk mostly about design and how to do it, with a few tangents along the way. Audience participation at this live recording is encouraged, so come with questions!

Mike Monteiro is the co-founder of Mule Design. He also writes about design and paints words. Katie Gillum heads up the massive research department at Mule Design. She also runs the Disposable Film Festival and writes and makes films about media, women, and health.

EVENT: NAB Show this week

by Kurt Brockett

Live from Gate 26 at Oakland International Airport.  This Kurt Brockett checking in for Vertigo.  We’re heading to Las Vegas today through Wednesday for the National Association of Broadcasters Show 2012.  Increasingly Vertigo is seeing a trend where media companies are turning into ISVs.  This means instead of just focusing on content creation the largest media companies are also looking at ways to get that content direct to consumers.  Vertigo has a history of creating these experiences and thus we find NAB to be a perfect intersection of media and technology.

If you are someone you know is heading to the show please don’t hesitate to shoot me a note at kurt [at]