CTO Connection Podcast

Building Robust Commerce Platforms with Justin Dean

September 10, 2020 peter@pbell.com (CTO Connection) Episode 103
CTO Connection Podcast
Building Robust Commerce Platforms with Justin Dean
Show Notes

When Justin Dean was placed as a network engineer in the Marine Corps, he had no idea that this would lead to a career helping legacy and emerging businesses shape what is possible in network engineering. Justin is currently the CTO and CIO of Weedmaps, a website that helps customers find local weed dispensaries and helps dispensaries stay in compliance with state regulations.

Today, Justin takes us through his jobs at Shopzilla and Ticketmaster before arriving at the industry changing Weedmaps. Listen in as he talks to Peter about both the evolution and future of network engineering.

  • (01:10) - The road to Weedmaps
  • (08:37) - The secret sauce at Shopzilla
  • (15:10) - Transforming Ticketmaster
  • (25:49) - The World Wide Web of Weed
  • (34:30) - Product prioritization
  • (36:10) - Business unit organization
  • (46:52) - Attracting and hiring staff

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