• Pricing,  Revenue,  Revops,  SaaS,  Startup

    The One Metric That Matters: Revenue

    Last week in San Francisco, Amazon held their AWS Startup Day 2018 event for entrepreneurs and startup founders. It was an all day event with keynote speakers, a VC panel, and an afternoon of business and technical talks. The keynote speaker, Gina Bianchini, gave a very insightful talk and also had a great hook for a title — “The One Metric That Matters (and other Things You Should Know About Building Startups)” Full recording available online Spoiler Alert: The one metric that matters: Revenue It’s a metric that everyone working at a startup intuitively understands and agrees with. However, it never seems to get the full attention that it deserves. The early…

  • AWS,  Engineering,  Kubernetes,  Security

    A Secure Kubernetes Cluster from Day 1

    Adoption of containers and containerization technologies has skyrocketed over the last few years as developers recognize their many benefits for production systems. On the orchestration side, the key players have long been Docker Swarm, Amazon Elastic Container Service, and Google Kubernetes. My own work over the last three years involved deploying and maintaining production systems on Amazon ECS, as well as, the occasional Docker Swarm cluster for side projects. However, with both Docker and Amazon recently announcing direct support for Kubernetes, it became clear where the mind-share is and that it is now time to dive into the technology. I started out by reading various “Kubernetes for Docker Swarm Users”…