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. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. Your deepest thinkers on technology architecture are seldom good team leaders. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams.

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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. If you know you are building something that is web-based but very UI intensive, an engineer with lots of Front-End experience is ideal. This is about trust — a lot of trust goes into this first engineering generalist.

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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. This week, one of Etsy’s Staff Engineers is traveling to San Francisco to spend a week at Twitter, observing and helping out, learning what Twitter does particularly well, and seeing differences that may reinforce or refute beliefs we’ve held as core. engineering people philosophy

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., I recently chatted with Saurya about how he approaches hiring engineers at Google and what founders can learn. NV: What are some basics you’d recommend to anyone hiring an engineer?

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


Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams. About Me.

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Should Your Engineering Startup Join A Chamber Of Commerce?


When it comes to engineering, much of what you will be doing is design, especially if your niche within the industry is civil engineering. When it comes to designing architecture, for example, this market is largely dependent upon the local economy.

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. Last week, I found myself in a similar situation, but this time talking to the engineering manager. This engineering manager is a smart guy, and very experienced. And why is the engineering manager suffering so badly?

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. Likely cause #1: after the ship was designed and construction was under way, the King overruled the engineers and added much heavier cannons on the upper armament deck. Tags: Business Leadership Technology engineers QA Stockholm Sweden Vasa Royal Warship

Do you need data engineering before data science?

Version One Ventures

One thread explored the differences between data science and data engineering. I’ll admit that I was completely unaware of the engineering behind data science when we first launched Insight Data Science back in 2012. However, quietly under our radar, data engineering (our “slightly younger sibling”) was emerging, stretching its wings, and undergoing its own evolution. You can read about this from Maxime Beauchemin , data engineer at Airbnb). Data Engineering.

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. In the past year, 70 employees have completed engineering rotations. The Engineering Rotation Program.

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

David Teten

Our audience is the NY Financial Engineering Meetup, so we’ll be going into some of the detailed technical and financial modeling architecture we’re using. This Sunday, March 20, 6pm on W. 23rd St.,

A New Campus for Budding Engineers and Entrepreneurs in New York

Inc Startups

Construction on the Roosevelt Island campus of Cornell''s graduate engineering school, which includes space for corporate offices and a tech incubator, will start early next year. The full project, being constructed by multiple architecture firms, is not expected to be completed until 2043.

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. In addition to presenting the IMVU case, we tried for the first time to do an overview of a software engineering methodology that integrates practices from agile software development with Steves method of Customer Development.

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. The solution is to build an architecture that works for the startup condition. To me, the optimal architecture is one that serves four goals simultaneously.

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Former Head of Microsoft Israel Dreams of Billion Dollar Israeli Startups

VC Cafe

He worked on his MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Management (leaving in the middle for a job at Microsoft in Israel) and received his computer engineering degree from the Technion in Haifa, Israel. But opted to study computer engineering, instead of aeronautics like his brother Arik.

Recruiting Startup Engineers | Femgineer


HOME About the Femgineer Speaking Engagements Reading List Recruiting Startup Engineers With the startup market taking off, there is always a clamor to find good engineers, developers, and designers. Engineers love to build, solve tough problems, and make progress.

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. Or open the new search engine optimization reports in Google Analytics , for your Queries look at Impression and try Comparison for CTR.

Running An eCommerce Store? Here’s How To Make Google Love You!


For the most part, duplicate content is caused by poor planning, a non-intuitive website structure, and careless information architecture. Others ecommerce online commerce search engine optimisation SEO

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. You might have basics on SEO but why is your website not ranking on the first page of search engine result pages (SERPs)? But first things first, when you think about search engine optimization, you need to wipe away the idea that you can use shortcuts. Google and other search engines are now more aware of paid links than ever before.

Etsy’s Debriefing Facilitation Guide for Blameless Postmortems

Code as Craft

For many organizations engaged in software engineering, the group “post-mortem” debriefing meeting (and accompanying documentation) is where the rubber meets the road. Here’s a narrative taken from real debriefing notes, generalized for this post: “I don’t know,” the engineer said, when asked what happened. “I The outage had lasted only 9 minutes, but to the engineer it felt like a lifetime.

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

Steve Blank

ARM, a competitor, not only had a better, much lower power processor, but a better business model – they licensed their architecture to other companies that designed their own products. Today that’s built on the premise that an x86 architecture is the one best suited for big data.

Building a Translation Memory to Improve Machine Translation Coverage and Quality

Code as Craft

Pre-translation also allows listings to surface in search results in multiple languages, both for searches on Etsy and on external search engines like Google. The Translation Memory Architecture. Machine Translation at Etsy.

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

Code as Craft

Big data signals can be incredibly powerful, but they introduce architectural costs that it turns out aren’t necessary for a functional broad query classifier. data engineering search heat death thermodynamicsEtsy shoppers love the large and diverse selection of our marketplace.

Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application


Conversely, a low-performance application might have an architectural bottleneck through which many request types flow (e.g., a single-threaded search engine). Performs modestly complex calculations without requiring complex architecture. “It was running fine.”

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API First Transformation at Etsy – Operations

Code as Craft

Operations: Architecture Implications. How do the decisions for developing Etsy’s API that we discussed in the first post relate to Etsy’s general architecture? If we sit back and think about this for a bit – how is this architecture specific to Etsy’s ecosystem?

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

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com 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. I 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. Because search engines like keywords. How do search engines work? Remember, no one knows what and how search engines think.


API First Transformation at Etsy – Concurrency

Code as Craft

Follow along this case study of building an API First architecture, in which functional changes are expressed on the API level before integrating them into the website. api engineering infrastructure mobile philosophyAt Etsy we have been doing some pioneering work with our Web APIs.

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10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize


Pivots come in many different flavors, each designed to test the viability of a different hypothesis about the product, business model, and engine of growth. Business architecture pivot. Engine of growth pivot. Eric Ries image via Fast Company.

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. Having a “blameless” Post-Mortem process means that engineers whose actions have contributed to an accident can give a detailed account of: what actions they took at what time, what effects they observed, expectations they had, assumptions they had made, and their understanding of timeline of events as they occurred.

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. Compounding the problem is that we became victim of agile engineering in a poorly structured development organization where there were no clear teams focused on building to the user archetypes and investing in the platform.

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. The data gets corrupted, servers go down, all hell breaks loose It’s really the job of intelligent engineers to figure out how to solve these problems and more importantly how to avoid as many of them as possible.

What Hardware Powers Etsy.com?

Code as Craft

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

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. No questions being asked ( 32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder ) And the #1 reason I get calls relates to an old software engineering adage: The first 90% of a project takes 90% of the time. Architecture All startups will make a lot of changes and scale the product as they move along.

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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. ( Daily Bacon bacon American Institute of Architects architecture skyscraper architects engineering food

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. I’ve been arguing for years to rebuild it from scratch using modern processes (agile), modern architecture (decoupled web services), and modern technology (rails), and everyone has said “it’s impossible and it’ll cost too much.”

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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. Kestrel has been designed from the start to be the fastest.NET server available, and our engineers have recorded some benchmarks to prove it.

Re-Introducing Deployinator, now as a gem!

Code as Craft

Since the methods to complete these steps are entirely within the gem, implementing a plugin architecture allows everyone to extend core gem functionality without needing a pull request merged. Bringing you this release embodies our generosity of spirit in engineering principle.

Lying on your resume

Steve Blank

Steve, the VP of Sales and Marketing previously ran their engineering department. Most of the sales force were previously design engineers. I can barely recall the other people I met, (my potential boss the VP of Marketing, interviews with various engineers, etc.)

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. engineering operations continuous deployment deploy graphite metrics monitoring

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Do You Have The Data Agility Your Business Needs?


One way to meet a variety of stakeholders’ needs and embrace the latest technology is to plan a multi-cloud environment by design, creating a modern data architecture that is capable of serving the broadest possible range of users. by Mike Tuchen, CEO of Talend. Data is the new battleground.

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