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On Building Great Products from Startup to Massive Scale with Peter van Hardenberg

Zapproved, Inc.
1414 NW Northrup Street
Portland, OR 97229, US (map)


Date: November 10, 2016

Time: 6 p.m.

Place: Zapproved, 1414 NW Northrup, Suite 700, Portland, OR 97209

Food: Beverages and pizza provided.



Building great products takes a lot of work, but hard work isn't enough on its own. No matter what you're building, you're going to need a plan for how you'll get there. In this talk, we'll talk about the Heroku Postgres team's working habits as it scaled a 24x7 high-availability product while maintaining close contact with its users over a long period. We'll focus on the specific and practical techniques the team used to plan, organize, and execute its work, and talk about the principles behind them. After a tour of some of these techniques, Heroku Postgres founding member Peter van Hardenberg will answer your questions about scaling from startup to acquisition and massive scale.

Speaker Bio:

Peter van Hardenberg was an early team member at Heroku and co-founded Heroku's Department of Data, the team behind Heroku Postgres. Heroku was acquired by Salesforce.com in December 2010 for $212M less than four years after founding. Prior to joining Heroku, he worked as an Arctic oceanographer, game developer, and Shakespearean scholar. He lives in San Francisco and, among other things, advises high-growth software companies like Zapproved and Auth0.