Why startups need techops

I was at a talk recently on node.js. Even if I’m not working with a technology directly, it’s exciting to see what’s out there, and node.js is bringing some hyper fast performance to a certain category of web applications. During the keynote, the speaker mentioned a service to deploy applications on. I can’t name names …

Round up of recent scalability, startup & social media posts

If you’re checking back in, we’ve written a lot of new content recently. Here are some highlights for digging a little deeper. Join 13,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Why you should evaluate carefully before hiring a consultant You’re a startup, and you’re grappling with some particularly thorny problems. You’ve gotten …

Why email pitching fails when social media succeeds

I was reading Adrienne Erin’s muck rack list 7 deadly sins of pitching. It struck me that I had committed many of the sins she mentioned. Maybe I was writing too much, or emailing at the wrong time, or being boring. It’s possible. Unfortunately I don’t know which of the sins to work on. Because …

25 Rumsfelds Rules for Startups

Join 12,100 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. While we are still deep in the woods of a government shutdown, I thought it would be interesting to sum up some of our former Defense Secretary’s words of wisdom. Rumsfeld may not have done everything right, but some of his quotes are priceless. What’s …

Why the Twitter IPO mentions scalability

Join 12,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. High availability is hard After seven years in the business you might think Twitter has operations and scalability nailed. I wouldn’t blame you for hoping, but here’s one thing they said in their IPO filing: “we are not currently serving traffic equally through our …