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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Behind the Scenes: From “Meets Most” to “Greatly Exceeds” in 3 Months at Facebook  event
Behind the Scenes: From “Meets Most” to “Greatly Exceeds” in 3 Months at Facebook Wednesday April 17, 5:00pm

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Imagine pouring your heart and soul into your work, only to be met with criticism instead of commendation. This scenario is all too familiar for many engineers who, despite their hard work, find themselves at odds with their manager's expectations due to a misalignment with business priorities. My own journey at Facebook serves as a testament to this common predicament. Tasked with two major projects, I found myself at a critical juncture halfway through, being told my efforts were not meeting expectations.

I was not always doing exceptional at Facebook, but this time I knew that I was not below the "meets expectation" mark. I had been there before, but this time was not it.

Learn more about ratings at Facebook (aka Meta): https://www.jointaro.com/topic/meta/performance-review/

Despite knowing that, the assessment of the manager was a bitter pill to swallow, leaving me furious and speechless. However, it also marked the beginning of a transformative journey. I ventured into realms that many engineers shy away from, embracing principles that I previously overlooked. This shift in behavior and perception propelled me from being perceived as merely meeting most expectations to greatly exceeding them, achieving a rating leap that not only vindicated my efforts but also significantly enhanced my bonus.

In this seminar, I aim to share the insights and strategies that catalyzed my dramatic turnaround. I will delve into how a recalibration of focus and an embrace of broader impact can elevate your work from good to exceptional. Additionally, I will touch on the crucial balance between maintaining stellar job performance and navigating a job search. This balance is critical for ensuring you are not cornered should your job search extend longer than anticipated. Join me as I unravel the nuances of achieving long-term career satisfaction through sustained excellence and strategic job search efforts.

Check out these resources for additional deep insights into performance review:

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Paper Reading: AutoDev: Automated AI-Driven Development event
Paper Reading: AutoDev: Automated AI-Driven DevelopmentFriday April 19, 12:00am

Are you interested in tools like the recently announced Devin?

Join us for an enlightening session as we delve into the cutting-edge world of agentic AI-driven software development, featuring a comprehensive exploration of the AutoDev framework, Microsoft's agentic AI-driven software development framework.

This reading event will elucidate how AutoDev will revolutionize the software development process. Through enabling autonomous planning and the execution of complex engineering tasks, AI agents such as AutoDev will be fully integrated into common tools and technologies such as VSCode and GitHub. Discover how these agents can perform multiple operations on a codebase, from file editing and testing to git operations, all within a secure Docker-based environment.

Moreover, we will examine AutoDev's impressive performance on the HumanEval dataset, achieving remarkable scores of 91.5% and 87.8% for Pass@1 in code generation and test generation tasks, respectively. We will also discuss the implications of this research for the future of AI-assisted software development.

This event is a must-attend for software developers, researchers, and tech enthusiasts eager to understand the future of agentic AI-driven software development and its potential impact on the software development landscape. Whether you're interested in improving your development workflow, exploring AI applications in software engineering, or simply curious about the latest advancements in AI-driven development tools, this paper reading offers valuable insights and discussions on the forefront of technology innovation.

Mark your calendars and join us for an exciting hour of "AutoDev: Automated AI-Driven Development" exploration!

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Saturday, April 20, 2024
Taro Book Club: Designing Data Intensive Applications - Chapter 6 (Partitioning) event
Taro Book Club: Designing Data Intensive Applications - Chapter 6 (Partitioning)Saturday April 20, 4:00pm

Topic: Chapter 6 - Partitioning

In this #taro-bookclub discussion, we're having a session about Chapter 6 of "Designing Data-Intensive Applications" by Martin Kleppmann.

Here's the agenda:

  • We’ll break down and discuss the key concepts from Chapter 6.
  • There will also be time for any questions and answers you might have.

Please send your questions ahead of time to Bhavana G or Suraj Singh in the Taro Premium Slack, so that they can be included in the discussion.

Get ready for another engaging and informative session!

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Acing Tech Interviews In A Bad Job Market event
Acing Tech Interviews In A Bad Job MarketSaturday April 20, 5:00pm

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you aren't able to get into the Zoom, we will be live streaming the talk on YouTube as well: https://www.youtube.com/@RahulPandeyrkp

The current software engineer job market is the toughest we've seen in over a decade. Ever since the massive layoffs starting in late 2022, we have seen laid-off talent flood the market and mostly run into hiring freezes and largely constrained headcount.

This means that in order to succeed on the interview grind, you need to stand out much more than ever before. The lazy tactics that worked in the prior ZIRP economy are pretty much useless now. In this session, we'll break down strategies you should use to become a top candidate.

After the presentation, we'll talk questions from the audience (that's you!) and give personalized career advice.

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Paper Reading: Voicebox (Gen AI for speech) event
Paper Reading: Voicebox (Gen AI for speech)Saturday April 20, 7:00pm

"Voicebox: The first generative AI model for speech" presents a groundbreaking approach to speech synthesis using generative AI models. The paper introduces Voicebox, a model capable of generating highly realistic and expressive synthetic speech. This research is significant as it pushes the boundaries of speech synthesis, opening up new possibilities for applications like virtual assistants, audiobooks, and more. The advancements made in this paper could greatly enhance human-computer interaction and accessibility technologies.

We will be talking about:

  1. Introduction to Voicebox
  2. Speech Synthesis
  3. Model Architecture
  4. Training Process
  5. Performance and Evaluation
  6. Use Cases and Applications

More details to be added soon..

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Sunday, April 21, 2024
Taro Bay Area Meetup - Get Free ☕ event
Taro Bay Area Meetup - Get Free ☕Sunday April 21, 7:00pm

Tarodactyls of the SF Bay Area unite!

Come by to Menlo Park to meet other talented engineers in Silicon Valley. Drinks and snacks are covered up to $10 per person, courtesy of Taro!

Big thanks to Amazon Senior Engineer Bala Ramdoss for organizing! For more details and last-minute logistics, stay tuned to the #g-sf-bayarea-meetup channel in the Taro Premium Slack.

Here is a picture showing available parking around the area.

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Senior to Staff Engineer Office Hours: Check-In event
Senior to Staff Engineer Office Hours: Check-InFriday April 26, 5:00pm

As the first terminal level in your career, senior engineers independently solve problems and deliver business value. Many engineers are stuck for years as senior engineers.

This is part of the cohort-based course "Senior to Staff - Land Your Promotion As An Engineer". This session is to check in on your progress to becoming a Staff Engineer. There's no agenda or presentation planned -- come with your questions and discussions.

Sample topics:

  • How to know where you stand on the path to promotion.
  • How to get (or create) scope on a team with many talented engineers.
  • How managers and directors perceive very senior IC roles.

Taro resources:

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Office Hours with Tom Choi event
Office Hours with Tom ChoiSaturday April 27, 2:00pm

Join Tom Choi for personalized advice and insightful guidance on advancing your career from a Junior Software Developer to a mid-level professional during his dedicated office hours session. Gain valuable insights, practical tips, and career strategies tailored to help you grow and succeed in the tech industry.

Tom, a seasoned software engineer with over seven years of experience in software development, will share real-world examples and mentor you in navigating the complexities of the industry. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your career to the next level with Tom's expertise and support.

Please note that we respect and uphold the privacy of our discussions; Group Office Hours will not be recorded in any form. This measure is in place to create a confident space where participants can share and discuss freely.

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Paper Reading: Mamba - Revolutionizing Sequence Modeling event
Paper Reading: Mamba - Revolutionizing Sequence ModelingSaturday April 27, 8:05pm

Abstract:

Explore the Mamba paper's groundbreaking approach to sequence modeling efficiency in this event. Uncover how Mamba addresses computational inefficiencies in transformers, especially for long sequences.

Overview:

Discover the motivation behind Mamba, highlighting its improvements over subquadratic-time architectures struggling with language tasks. Learn about Mamba's content-based reasoning and enhancements for superior performance.

Key Features:

1. Selective Structured State Space Models (SSMs): Mamba introduces adaptive SSM parameters for content-based reasoning, allowing selective information handling for discrete modalities.

2. Hardware-Aware Parallel Algorithm: Despite forgoing efficient convolutions, Mamba's hardware-aware parallel algorithm maintains fast inference and linear scaling in sequence length.

3. Architecture Overview: Dive into Mamba's streamlined architecture without attention or MLP blocks, achieving efficiency without sacrificing effectiveness.

4. Performance Metrics: Witness Mamba's 5× higher throughput than Transformers, with linear scaling, showcasing its real-world improvements in language, audio, and genomics tasks.

5. Comparison with Transformers: See Mamba outperforms Transformers of the same size and match larger Transformers, especially in language modeling.

Join us in unraveling the secrets of Mamba, poised to redefine sequence modeling standards. Anticipate a paradigm shift in efficiency and performance in deep learning.

paper link: [
https://arxiv.org/abs/2312.00752]

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024
[Office Hours] Starting A Startup - Idea Feedback And Sharing event
[Office Hours] Starting A Startup - Idea Feedback And SharingTuesday May 7, 4:00pm

This session is for wantrepreneurs (someone who wants to leave their full-time job and do a company) and early entrepreneurs. All attendees should be prepared to either pitch an idea or provide thoughtful feedback on other ideas.

In the last two decades, more money and attention have gone to early-stage startups. It's easier and cheaper than ever to start a startup, especially if you're an engineer!

Sample discussions:

  • Get feedback on the clarity of your idea, along with the opportunity size. Do you want a VC-scale outcome, or a "lifestyle business"?
  • Should you get pre-seed funding (generally $100K - $500K) from an accelerator?
  • How and when should you launch your product?

Also happy to share honest thoughts and feedback on well-known accelerators: Y Combinator, PearX, TechStars

What you get:

  • Hear ideas from other ambitious engineers to make your own idea/pitch better.
  • Taro (this platform!) is a YC-funded startup from S22. Rahul can share thoughts about how Taro got in and what he learned.
  • Rahul has personally reviewed and recommended 10+ companies that have gotten funding and launched their product.

Resources to take a look at:

This session will not be recorded. Group Office Hours are a communal way to get the personalized career advice you need.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
MyRocks: LSM-Tree Database Storage Engine Serving Facebook's Social Graph event
MyRocks: LSM-Tree Database Storage Engine Serving Facebook's Social GraphSaturday May 11, 2:30pm

Facebook uses MySQL to manage tens of petabytes of data in its main database named the User Database (UDB). UDB serves social activities such as likes, comments, and shares. In the past, Facebook used InnoDB, a B+Tree based storage engine as the backend. The challenge was to find an index structure using less space and write amplification. LSM-tree has the potential to greatly improve these two bottlenecks. RocksDB, an LSM tree-based key/value store was already widely used in variety of applications but had a very low-level key-value interface. To overcome these limitations, MyRocks, a new MySQL storage engine, was built on top of RocksDB by adding relational capabilities. With MyRocks, using the RocksDB API, significant efficiency gains were achieved while still benefiting from all the MySQL features and tools. The transition was mostly transparent to client applications.

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Paper Reading: Diffusion Transformer Architecture and Flow Matching event
Paper Reading: Diffusion Transformer Architecture and Flow MatchingSaturday May 11, 4:00pm

With Stable Diffusion 3 being released recently, we look at the underlying papers that make it possible.

We will cover:

Your host:

Hemang Chawla is an applied scientist in computer vision focusing on anti-counterfeiting at Scantrust. He has previous worked in the domains of robotics and mapping for ADAS, and has published several papers at top conferences such as ICRA, IROS, and WACV.

This event is free for all. For premium access to Taro, you may use this referral link for a 20% discount.

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Events With Tech Experts

We offer a comprehensive set of curated events tailored for junior to senior software engineers. We understand that the software engineer’s journey is not just about coding and algorithms, but more importantly, it’s about building meaningful connections with other engineers, staying updated on the latest industry trends, and mastering the skills of thriving in an organization.
All of our events are organized baed on the core idea that we are a community of tight-knit and curious software engineers who are constantly trying to improve themselves, as well as each other. Our past events have included local networking meetups where members have gotten career advice and exchanged contact information with recruiters.
Our members have started regular book club sessions where passionate engineers discuss popular engineering books, including “Designing Data Intensive Applications” by Martin Kleppmann.
In addition, we have hosted an event analyzing different white papers, including the famous “Attention Is All You Need” which has driven the current AI revolution in the recent years. Not only do the white paper events educate our community with the latest breakthroughs and studies in computer science, but it helps us cultivate a culture of critical thinking and informed discussions.
One of the obstacles that many software engineers face is succeeding at technical coding and system design interviews. it’s not just about knowing the right solutions, but it’s also about being able to convey your ideas effectively to the interviewer so they can recognize your problem solving ability. Our events for technical interviews are designed to give attendees a full perspective on how to prepare for interviews and what interviewers look for in a candidate.
Events include tech recruiters which provide another insight into how a decision from a technical interview is reached. By understanding what recruiters prioritize, you can understand how technical ability is weighed with cultural fit or how a company decides on a level for a candidate. Even more importantly, we dive into how to negotiate for your total compensation. The transparency in compensation has helped to inform engineers what they are really worth.
As you get further up the career ladder, you’ll have to deal with increasingly more complex workplace and organizational dynamics. The transition from individual contributor to team lead to manager or architect requires more than just being an excellent coder. It demands an understanding of team dynamics, effective communication, conflict resolution, and more. Our sessions help to address these different nuances, ensuring that engineers are more than just technically competent.
It’s our belief that every software engineer, regardless of background or experience, brings a unique perspective to the table. Everyone has the potential to make significant contributions at their company. Our events platform serves as an opportunity for you to foster growth and bring clarity to your engineering career.
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