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Costs of techops can involve short-term architectural, decisions, but what about the longer term affects of choices? Do cto’s underestimate operational costs?
A stack of…
These days the full stack of a internet or mobile startup involves a lot of varied components, from Chef, Puppet & Ansible, to Nginx, haproxy, redis, solr and some database like MySQL or Postgres on the relational end of the spectrum, or Mongodb, Hbase or Cassandra on the NoSQL side. What type of challenges does this pose to a team? I’m curious,
Do startups assemble at their own risk?
Most used tech
Leo Polovets ran some stats over the Angellist data of startups. He wanted to know Which tech do startups use most? and I summarized the results.
Death of ops?
These days with all the talk of automation, I’ve heard heard developers & even CTO’s argue of a diminishing need for backend administrators. Do startups still need techops?
Speed as a feature
Is Fred Wilson right to say speed is a feature? What does this mean for those migrating or already running in the cloud? How does scalability come into play?
Are many outages avoidable? Did Airbnb have to fail?
Reviewing architecture & site speed is a type of engagement that a lot of startups can benefit from. Here’s my Anatomy of a performance review.
Let things fail
Does it sometimes make sense to let things break a little? A tale of managed failure.
I worked at one startup with a CTO just out of college. Although they were flush with cash & had real problems scaling, communication problems ultimately soured the engagement. Are you too young to be a boss?
80 million fix
Sometimes fixing serious performance bottlenecks can get a site back up on it’s feet. In this success story they went on to get acquired weeks after the fix. In tongue in cheek fashion I askWhere’s my 80 million dollars?
CTO’s should never do
There are times to get into the trenches. But what if it sacrifices leadership?What should a CTO never do?
Startups too cool for school
Joining YC but have no ideas? No problem. Is my startup too cool for your business school?
Instant business, just add water
Can a business be built in just a weekend? Is there a problem with startup bootcamps?