A Recap of our Meteor Meetup

For a team of mostly introverts, we’ve been pretty social lately. Last week, we opened up our space to the SoCal Node.js Meetup group for a night of food, drinks, and presentations. It went so well that we decided to do another one.

As an official organizer for the Los Angeles Meteor Meetup group, we’ve coordinated quite a few Meetups throughout the area, but it wasn’t until we settled into our current office in Santa Monica did we have the space, the equipment, and the bandwidth to start hosting events. Last summer, we kicked things off with our inaugural Meteor Meetup, and while a lot has happened since then for both Reaction and MDG, staying connected with our community has always been one of our top priorities.

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On Tuesday, we hosted our second Meteor Meetup, where guest speakers Nick Alt (founder of VNYL and TRNTBL) and Abhi Aiyer (co-host of GraphQL Radio) gave some solid presentations.

Couldn’t make it to this one? Don't worry—we recorded both Nick and Abhi’s presentations! Watch a replay of our livestream via Facebook Live.

The Talks

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“Most people think vinyl as a medium is exceptionally niche, but it’s actually on track to be about $1 billion again this year. The growth rate has been totally insane.” - Nick Alt, VNYL.

Nick learned a lot about subscription-based commerce during his time at Vimeo, where he led mobile and television. It’s where he came up with the idea for VNYL, a monthly subscription service for vinyl records, curated and delivered to your door. A set of records are selected—at first, by a human, and then by an algorithm—based off of the customer’s listening profile, Spotify playlist, and social media.

In his talk, he gave attendees a glimpse of VNYL’s order and inventory backend, currently hosted on Meteor Galaxy. The site is integrated with Stripe, Shippo, Postmates, Spotify, and all social channels, right from the get-go. Nick also introduced his new hardware product: TRNTBL, a full-service turntable with zero ports, RCA, or phono jacks. The device analyzes, identifies, and catalogs audio samples, then connects to Airplay, Bluetooth, and the entire Sonos ecosystem.

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“I really think the future of applications is through GraphQL.” - Abhi Aiyer, Workpop & GraphQL Radio

Next up: Abhi Aiyer, a regular fixture in the JavaScript community. Abhi is a senior developer at Workpop, a Meteor-powered jobs platform. He is also the co-host of GraphQL Radio, a monthly podcast about the GraphQL ecosystem. In his presentation, Abhi gave an architectural overview of how to achieve real-time reactivity using event-based subscriptions and, specifically, Apollo. He also gave a live demo, showing attendees how the Workpop team uses GraphQL to power their admin backend and logs.

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If you aren’t based in Los Angeles, you can still be a part of the community. Check out Reaction Action, our monthly live broadcast and Q&A series. So far, we have 84 RSVPs signed up! We’ll be on air next Thursday, 6/1/17 at 10am PDT, and while the event is free to attend, we do suggest you reserve your spot. RSVP for free.

And if you enjoyed this broadcast, show us your support by starring our repo on GitHub.

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