High Performance on a Low Budget

It is one thing to solve performance challenges when you have plenty of time, money, and expertise available. Many performance experts have deep knowledge of a specific system and work on large-scale problems where investing time and effort to get a fantastic result is the norm.

But what do you do in the opposite situation? If you are a small startup with no time or money and still need to deliver outstanding performance? When you may have experts in parts of the stack, but performance has to be delivered across the entire application and infrastructure stack?

It may be tempting to think that as a small startup, you can just ignore performance until you scale – but your customers will soon tell you otherwise. In this talk, Gwen talks about her journey from in-depth Kafka performance to leading a small team of engineers to ship a high-performance MVP. She’ll share the decisions that worked well, the mistakes made, and the tools that were worth far beyond their cost.

29 minutes
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Gwen Shapira

Gwen Shapira, Co-founder & CPO of Nile

Gwen is a co-founder and CPO of Nile (thenile.dev). She has 20+ years of experience working with code and customers to build reliable and scalable data architectures - most recently as the head of Cloud Native Kafka engineering org at Confluent. Gwen is a committer to Apache Kafka, author of “Kafka - the Definitive Guide” and "Hadoop Application Architectures." You can find her speaking at tech conferences or talking data at the SaaS Developer Community (https://www.youtube.com/@saas-dev).

P99 CONF OCT. 18 + 19, 2023

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