About Jess

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Founder of Cete, a tool for meetup organisers to coordinate speakers, sponsorships and communities.

Organiser of Code❤️Design, a mini-conf bringing together designers, design system lovers and front-end developers.

Creator and organiser of React Sydney, Australias biggest React meetup attracting 140+ devs & designers each month.

Public speaker at hugely popular conferences such as NDC Sydney, JSConfAU, and SydJS.

Recent Achievements

Graduated from YCombinator’s Startup School Advisor Track as part of the highly engaged and dedicated 2018 cohort.

As Domain Group’s Frontend Architect, I Grew an amazing team of developers from only myself in 2013 to 30 fronteders 2.5yrs later. I focused on maintaining a positive, inclusive, and hard working culture, helping to take the company to a successful IPO with a very low turnover rate in my team.

Taught 21 super smart folks Javascript for 10 weeks which led them to career changes and in one case moving to Silicon Valley.

In the past

  • Started the self-service team @ Groupon in Palo Alto, CA.
  • First employee @ Zibbet, handling website front & backend, support, community building, and technical direction.
  • Full stack dev @ Spreets, Australia’s biggest Group Buying site.
  • Second employee @ Nnooo. Built Nintendo DSiWare software including MyDiary™, and the key Augmented Reality component of Spirit Hunters Inc™


Jess Telford

Jess Telford
🛠 @ceteio: Tools for organizing local structured meetups
🎤 Host @CodeHeartDesign & @ReactSydney
🗓 Ex: FE Arch Domain/Groupon/Yahoo7