5 ways startups misstep on scalability

Join 27,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Ignoring the database Yes, your internet site sits on top of a database. Have you forgotten to take care of it? Like a garden, it must be watered & tended. And a gardener will always scold you for leaving plants to wither. I guess …

Are startup CEO’s hiding their scalability problems?

Join 27,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Your site is running fine right? You have 1000 customers, and it usually runs smoothly. Just this one lingering question, why does it take five high performance EC2 instances to run the database, all on flash drives? Goood question! The truth is one of the …

Howto automate MySQL slow query analysis with amazon RDS

If you’ve used relational databases for more than ten minutes, I hope you’ve heard of slow queries. Those are those pesky little gremlins that are slowing down your startup, and preventing scalability you so desperately need. Luckily there’s a solution. What I’ve found is if I send a report to developers every week, it keeps …

What happens when you combine devops & continuous delivery into a card game?

Join 25,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Alex Papadimoulis & the guys at Inedo put together CodeMash The Game an interesting game for a new twist to conference going. Now they’re at it again with a kickstarter to build Release! a game about devops & continuous delivery. 1. Bring your team together …

Is Amazon RDS hard to manage?

Join 26,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I once rented an apartment while traveling in Europe. Unfortunately I didn’t speak the local language of French. So when I got there I had trouble coordinating. After about twenty minutes of frustration, I found someone who could help. They spoke some broken English. So …

Why I ask clients for a deposit

Join 25,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. It indicates both parties are serious A common refrain when discussing terms of a project, and reviewing statement of work – “when shall we get started?”. The answer should be, “I’m ready to get started anytime you like. Would you like to use paypal …

Why Fred Wilson is wrong about Apple

UPDATE: When this article was written in May 2014, Apple’s stock price was $84.65. Today (Dec 2017) it sits at a comfortable $176.67. If you’ve followed the tech news recently, you may have heard Fred Wilson’s comments about Apple. In essence he believes Apple is too reliant and rooted in hardware, and that hardware isn’t …

Is Dave Eggers right about the risks of social media?

I have to admit, though Egger’s is a pretty famous author, I wasn’t familiar with his work. I do however read AVC regularly, the writing of renowned VC & Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson. So when one of the commenters pointed to the book as a great read I grabbed a copy on my …

If you use MySQL in the Amazon cloud, you need to ask yourself this question

Join 25,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Are you serious about backups? If you’re just using Amazon EBS snapshots, that may not be sufficient. There’s a good chance it won’t protect you against your next data loss. That’s why I like to have a few different types of backups Also: 5 more …

How to increase newsletter signup conversions with nifty iphone trick

If you’re like me & spending a lot of time on twitter, I hope you’re also seeing the traffic growth I’m seeing. I’m sharing a stream of posts using hootsuite, then actively engaging with journalists, VCs, startups & technology experts. That’s all great, and I’m finding more and more it’s a good use of my …