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The hurdles of scaling a growing startup with Twitpic CTO Steve Corona

In this presentation, Twitpic CTO Steve Corona covers many of the problems they encountered as a rapidly growing startup with three developers also running two additional startups. You will be taken on a journey of some of Twitpic's early scalability problems and the measures necessary to take as a founder and CTO to resolve them. Steve ultimately paints a picture as to what it's like to grow and maintain a massively popular startup at web scale. Rest assured, this presentation is applicable to startups, founders, and developers alike.

Stephen Corona is CTO at Twitpic, the most popular photo sharing application for Twitter. With over 4 billion objects and 1 petabyte of data stored in the cloud, Steve is an expert at building, deploying, and managing large cloud-based systems. Steve was the first employee at Twitpic and his early role included building and scaling the software to handle millions of users and requests- over 18 billion requests per month. As a CTO with a strong engineering background, Steve not only understands the nitty-gritty technical details, but also the business and financial implications of technical decisions. His specialtes include- Cloud Computing, Amazon AWS, Hadoop, Ruby on Rails, PHP, and Scaling Linux.

Steve is also a self-published author and has written a book on Scaling PHP Applications ( He also frequently blogs at

We are being graciously sponsored by Lending Tree. They are providing both their meeting room as an office in addition to free pizza, beer, and soda. If you weren't aware, Lending Tree HQ is in fact located here in Charlotte. Lending Tree is looking for sharp developers; specifically passion over experience in a specific technology. I highly recommend checking them out.

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  • Robbie P.

    Enjoyed the talk. Sometimes just sharing your pitfalls and vouching for great tools is more helpful than anything else.

    February 12, 2013

  • Stephen C.

    Thanks for coming guys! I had a great time giving the talk and hope that y'all enjoyed it. If anyone ever makes it down to Charleston, let me know!

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Talk, very informative. Thank you Steve.

    February 12, 2013

  • Samir

    awesome talk, learned a lot and had a great time!

    February 11, 2013

  • Corey B.

    Sorry to hear that Christoph, #startuplife.

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will have someone from DealCloud attend. We could also secure Packard Place for the event.

    January 23, 2013

  • Christoph

    Work trip just came up for that night ;(

    January 15, 2013

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