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Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take

View from Seed

How do you build your engineering/dev team from the ground up? What kind of engineers do you need? Now consider a few high-level categories of engineers: Front-End. The best engineers I’ve worked with cross into multiple categories. I’d consider them to be more like generalists. It is just you. Back-End. System/Ops.

Google Engineer: How We Interview, How I’d Beat Us for Talent, & How Non-Technical Founders Should Approach Devs

View from Seed

Saurya Velagapudi is a senior software engineer at Google, based in their Cambridge, Mass., Portfolio companies can contact us to learn more.)

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. Your deepest thinkers on technology architecture are seldom good team leaders.

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The Engineer Exchange Program

Code as Craft

Twitter and Etsy are working together on a new project to help our engineers learn from each others’ practices, with the idea of making both of our engineering teams better as a result.  We hope to learn what makes each other tick, how we celebrate our successes and learn from our failures, and how we can each be better in the end.

Yahoo's New Logo Design: Micromanaged, Over-Engineered, Boring

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The controversial CEO’s engineering-based obsession extends far beyond products and Yahoo Mail and logo redesigns. Let me be more direct.

Lessons Learned: The engineering manager's lament

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, October 20, 2008 The engineering managers lament I was inspired to write The product managers lament while meeting with a startup struggling to figure out what had gone wrong with their product development process. This engineering manager is a smart guy, and very experienced. Sound good? Heres why.

Why CEOs Shouldn’t Mess with Engineers


Why CEOs Shouldn’t Mess with Engineers. The sad story of its sinking seems to have several potential causes, but one is noteworthy both in terms of engineering and leadership.  The ship became top-heavy and much less stable as a result, and while the engineers tried to compensate with more ballast below, it wasn’t enough.

A New Campus for Budding Engineers and Entrepreneurs in New York

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The full project, being constructed by multiple architecture firms, is not expected to be completed until 2043.

We Invite Everyone at Etsy to Do an Engineering Rotation: Here’s why

Code as Craft

At Etsy, it’s not just engineers who write and deploy code – our designers and product managers regularly do too. It has five sections.

Sunday, 3/20: Financial Engineering Meetup—Sourcing Investments in Private Companies

David Teten

This Sunday, March 20, 6pm on W. 23rd St., RSVP: [link]. Events NextNY Private Equity

Lessons Learned: Customer Development Engineering

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, September 7, 2008 Customer Development Engineering Yesterday, I had the opportunity to guest lecture again in Steve Blank s entrepreneurship class at the Berkeley-Columbia executive MBA program. Its a nice complement on the product engineering side to his customer development methodology. for H.

Lessons Learned: Sharding for startups

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, January 4, 2009 Sharding for startups The most important aspect of a scalable web architecture is data partitioning. So far, this is just a summary of what all of us who have attempted to build web-scale architectures considers obvious. Stateful servers require more careful attention. How odd.

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Recruiting Startup Engineers | Femgineer

People constantly ask if I know people, where to find the so-called ’startup-engineers’, or even where the can find someone like me.

Former Head of Microsoft Israel Dreams of Billion Dollar Israeli Startups

VC Cafe

His ability to lead large teams of engineers had made him one of the most influential executives at Microsoft and the world. By Ben Bakhshi.

Google Analytics Tutorial: 8 Valuable Tips To Hustle With Data!

Occam's Razor

Nourish yourself with the "info snacks" the tool's engineers and product managers cooked up. mean really use the tools. Click!

Important Reasons to Leverage Case Studies for Your SEO in 2016

Duct Tape Marketing

Yes, that is how important search engine optimization (SEO) has become in online marketing. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in Brief. But first things first, when you think about search engine optimization, you need to wipe away the idea that you can use shortcuts. This highlights the latent potential for search engines.

API First Transformation at Etsy – Operations

Code as Craft

Operations: Architecture Implications. api engineering infrastructure mobile operations philosophy API PHPLinux, Apache, MySQL, PHP.

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Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate, and what they can do about it

Steve Blank

Today that’s built on the premise that an x86 architecture is the one best suited for big data. What’s holding large companies back?

API First Transformation at Etsy – Concurrency

Code as Craft

api engineering infrastructure mobile philosophyAt Etsy we have been doing some pioneering work with our Web APIs. Finally, how did it end?

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Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application


Performs modestly complex calculations without requiring complex architecture. “It was running fine.” So, why does this happen?

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How Etsy Uses Thermodynamics to Help You Search for “Geeky”

Code as Craft

data engineering search heat death thermodynamicsEtsy shoppers love the large and diverse selection of our marketplace. Quantifying “broadness”.

Building a Translation Memory to Improve Machine Translation Coverage and Quality

Code as Craft

The Translation Memory Architecture. Machine Translation at Etsy. Listing descriptions account for the bulk of text we machine translate.

10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize


Business architecture pivot. Engine of growth pivot. Eric Ries image via Fast Company. Zoom-out pivot. Customer segment pivot.

Blameless PostMortems and a Just Culture

Code as Craft

Failure cares not about the architecture designs you slave over, the code you write and review, or the alerts and metrics you meticulously pore through. If not with the original engineer, another one in the future. This cycle of name/blame/shame can be looked at like this: Engineer takes action and contributes to a failure or incident.

It’s An Agile World

Feld Thoughts

The backend infrastructure that handles all the Internet connectivity and services for a world-wide distributed technology that was built by a team of 150 engineers overseas. implemented with 2 engineers compared to an estimated 25 for the old system. Enjoy the story and contemplate whether it applies to your organization.

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Startups Lessons: Product First

Venture Chronicles

The early architecture conditions created what engineers called “technical debt” and that effectively became weaponized to stall significant investment in fixing the old in order to build the future. engineers paired would jump from frontend to backend erratically at each sprint iteration.

A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Build A Profitable Niche Content Website by Yaro Starak

Niche content sites, as I call them, are static websites that are rich in content that are well optimized so that they attract heavy natural or organic search engine traffic for free. usually multiply the search demand by 3 to account for the other two big engines Bing and Yahoo , as well as the several other smaller ones in the online space.


Hey MongoDB Haters: The Problem Isn’t Mongo, It’s You

Nick O'Neill

Fortunately there are often some very rational people in the comments on Hacker News, but I feel like there is one key takeaway: developers and engineers will always be overcoming challenges no matter what system they select. One of the first systems our engineers built in AWS is called the Chaos Monkey. hope so!

What Hardware Powers

Code as Craft

Output of the “top” command with 32 cores on Sandy Bridge architecture. engineering infrastructure operationsDatabase Class.

TechEmpower Benchmarks and the Microsoft ASP.NET Core 1.0 Performance Story


This new release is one of the most significant architectural updates we’ve done to ASP.NET. Frankly, those two statements are often correlated.

Founder Challenges with Startup Development Teams and CTOs


These are often the same things that cause a founder to reach out to me about helping their CTO, VP Engineering, tech team, off-shore development, etc. Architecture All startups will make a lot of changes and scale the product as they move along. Issues with the architecture and technical team will take longer to diagnose.

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The Daily Bacon - The American Institute of Architects has.

Mark Birch

Here is one example of some of the more pioneering and cutting edge bacon engineering. ( via  itageverythingbacon ).

Ardent War Story 5: The Best Marketers Are Engineers

Steve Blank

Some of these advisors from the academic community would work with our of VP of Engineering and help us solve specific technical problems.

Re-Introducing Deployinator, now as a gem!

Code as Craft

Bringing you this release embodies our generosity of spirit in engineering principle. We deploy code about 40 times per day. Major Changes.

Tracking Every Release

Code as Craft

We use a variety of monitoring tools to help us correlate issues across our architecture. Combined with engineers pairing up for code reviews, we catch most issues before they get deployed. Monitoring every aspect of your server and network architecture helps detect when something has gone awry. Ah-ha!

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Why We Invested in Rubrik

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Rubrik innovates with a slimmer architectural approach to delivering instant recovery by eliminating the need for backup software.

Lying on your resume

Steve Blank

Steve, the VP of Sales and Marketing previously ran their engineering department. Richard Nixon and Watergate. Badly Want the Job. That’s it??

Data Corruption To Go: The Perils Of sql_mode = NULL

Code as Craft

In our architecture, an unsigned 64-bit key is generated by a global ticket server , but the sharded tables’ schemas did not use BIGINT UNSIGNED as the column data-type. ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8. Etsy’s sharded database architecture. databases engineering operationsWhat is sql_mode anyway? sort | uniq.

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5 Ways to Stand Out in Google Search

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Fresh and relevant content attracts users as well as search engines. If a search engine can't read your content, you are irrelevant.

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Mesosphere: A Platform for the Next Generation Datacenter

Peter Levine

A new architectural era in computing is upon us, and the datacenter is changing to accommodate it. These new datacenters—as pioneered and designed by Facebook, Google, and Twitter—are defined by hyper-scale deployments of thousands of servers, requiring a new software architecture to manage and aggregate these systems.