Panel: On The Launching of a Software Business

by Todd Gardner | at MinneBar 11 | 9:55 – 10:45 in Learn | View Schedule

Are you tired of building someone else’s product? Are you tired of building yet another business application? Are you itching to build something amazing? Join our panel conversation and Q&A with real developers who’ve started and built software businesses. Let’s talk about the failures and successes, the fears and arrogance in starting a business. Bring your questions and let’s startup.


Brandon Stirnaman

Founder of FluentAutomation. Entrepreneur building tools for developers. Software Developer with a focus on User Interfaces, User Experience and Enterprise software architecture. Very interested in open source projects, particularly ones based on the Microsoft stack.

Eric Brandes

Eric Brandes is an independent software consultant and one of the co-founders of TrackJS JavaScript Error Monitoring. He’s been doing full stack web application development for over a decade. He strongly believes in the simplest thing that could possibly work and failing fast.

J Wynia

J Wynia has been a self-employed software consultant since 2003 and is the Co-Founder of 7 Interruptions, which provides “internal apps as a service” to organizations looking to reduce interruption at work with tools that support better workflow, tailored to the unique needs of each client. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, 2 basset hounds and a house full of hobby paraphernalia and workspaces related to home brewing, woodworking, traditional Irish music, BBQ, etc, etc, etc.

Tommy Tompkins

Tommy Tompkins founded RedCart ( in 2006 to help professional photographers proof and sell their photos online. 10 years later, RedCart is still the go-to solution for many photographers worldwide. Tommy has been in software development for the last 15 years and has had the opportunity to work on very large projects including before it's ultimate demise. Tommy is also a founding member of the local cover band Good for Gary.

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Todd Gardner

Todd Gardner is a software entrepreneur and developer who has built multiple profitable products. He pushes for simple tools, maintainable software, and balancing complexity with risk. He is the cofounder of TrackJS and Request Metrics, where he helps thousands of developers build faster and more reliable websites. He also produces the PubConf software comedy show.