Previously, I founded the NYC-based startup Mitro, which exited to Twitter. I also worked at Google from 2002-2009, where I designed and implemented some of the core systems infrastructure as well as parts of the ads system, wrote some mobile applications, and worked on some security issues. See my CV for more information.
Note: this article was published in Wired. Check out my handy service storage and bandwidth calculator. Ever since Snapchat turned down a $3 billion all-cash offer from Facebook this past November, there’s been no shortage of discussion about it and the rest of its photo-sharing-and-messaging service cohort, including WhatsApp, Kik, Japan-based LINE, China-based WeChat, and Korea-based Kakao […]
This page allows you to simulate the costs of storage and bandwith for a simple web service like Facebook or Snapchat. For more info on why this might be interesting, please read my post about infrastructure in ephemeral networks. The defaults are based on data for Facebook based on a number of publicly available data. […]
We’ve used passwords since the beginning of computing. But back then you only had to remember one password—a single account let you access all the programs on one computer. You were unlikely to need to get into more than one of those giant machines! As the number of devices and applications we use has exploded, […]