Who is Sean Hull?

Sean Hull

Hello, thanks for stopping by.

A bit about me…

I grew up in upstate New York and I studied Computer Science. I’ve been working with the Internet since the early days in the 1990s. I started out writing quite a bit of code, C++ and Apple toolbox mostly. Those early roles gave me a taste of databases, and I became more and more involved in data stores of all kinds.

From there I shifted into freelance & consulting gigs as a lot of opportunities were popping up. The dot com era was happening in NYC, and I was able to parlay my communication & people skills to help businesses with performance problems.

What I’m doing now

I’m working for startups & enterprises, most of them in New York City. A few include AppNexus, Billboard & Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Zagat, New Leaders for New Schools, Knovel.com & Flat World Knowledge.

Many see me as the guy that “makes websites accelerate”. Translated into more specific terms, I identify and troubleshoot the problems that hinder website performance, and facilitate the business to scale quickly. I help businesses raise the bar in their operations by instituting best practices and facilitating inter-departmental communication so that everyone’s working toward the same goal.

If that’s still too abstract, I suppose I could be described as a plumber, the guy that unclogs the pipes and flushes out the bad stuff so the website can run better and faster. I’m also the 9-1-1 tech guy. The emergency response dude you’d call on that, hopefully rare, occasion when something goes horribly wrong with your datacenter.

Ultimately, I think the most valuable thing I bring to any client is my ability to distill all the technical intricacies into a language they speak and offer the optimal solution to help their business grow.

Where I’m writing…

Infoworld – MySQL face-off: MySQL or MariaDB

Infoworld – Howto get started with Amazon EC2

ACM Queue – 20 obstacles to scalability

Devops Zone – 10 Tips for deciding between RDS & MySQL

Devops Zone – 10 Ways I avoid Trouble in the Database

Database Journal – MySQL hotbackups with xtrabackup

How to find me?

If you’re reading this you obviously found me at www.iheavy.com

Find me in the usual places…

@hullsean on Twitter

on Linkedin

on Google Plus

What I’m big on…

It’s my job to know how different technologies interact with each other. So any topic in the following areas tend to capture my attention:

o Datacenter evolution, virtualization, and commoditization (read more)
o Provisioning & deployments using configuration management & automation tools such as Chef & Puppet
o Web scalability & performance with MySQL, Drupal, PHP & Apache (
o Caching with Memcache, and Varnish (5 ways to cache websites)
o Open source & Linux – the internet stack
o High availability (Why HA is so hard to achieve)
o Disruptive technologies, lean startups, agile & devops (

I also enjoy the perfect cup of joe, extreme fitness rock climbing and growing my small business. Social Media, blogging and website analytics are like frosting on the cake! Here's How I got my pagerank up to 5.

Want more?

I share a lot of morsels & insights monthly. signup for Scalable Startups, my monthly newsletter. Take a look at our best of… to get a taste of what I’ve written.

How can I help?

I’m here anytime, even if you just want to chat. Give me a call +1-212-533-6828 or email me at sean at iheavy.com. Feel free to visit our pricing page and request a quote. You may also find a sample executive summary useful.

  • i88ca

    It seems that your Google Plus link goes to pricing page instead of Google+ page.

    • i88ca

      Sorry, I found out the pricing page is actually on Google+.

      • http://www.iheavy.com/blog/ Sean Hull

        Sure. Feel free to email me with further questions: sean@iheavy.com