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Mind The Stack - Architecture stories by Israeli startups

Israeli startup will share with us their decision points and consideration while assembling an architecture.

16:30-16:45 Gathering & Networking 

16:45-17:15 Tabtale story: Building a publishing and monitoring mobile games architecture with high scale
At Tabtale we are setting up an entire server side for the all the publishing services. These services include dynamic game configurations, error collection, analytics, social services and more.Tabtale is among the world’s top app publishers with millions of downloads so we are putting a great deal of effort in creating an extremely highly scalable and fault tolerant architecture. In this talk I will go over the architecture decisions taken to support the scalability and diversity that is required from the server side services while keeping the management of this infrastructure sane.
~30min By Assaf Gannon

17:15-18:00 FTBPro story:  Growing X20 without spending an extra penny on hosting
A year ago we started a big change in FTBpro. We completely changed the visual design, moved to a single page architecture and started exploring new ways to minimise load on our servers - both when serving our actual website, and mobile API responses.We'll focus on how scaling considerations are now an integral part of our architecture, which enabled us to serve 20x more traffic than we did 1 year ago, with the same setup and with no additional costs.
~45min By Dor Kalev 

18:00-18:15 Break


18:15-19:00 Taboola story:  Scaling Data Architecture using Apache Spark

At taboola we are getting a constant feed of data (many billions of user events a day). In this talk we will share some points about our data scale challenges and how and we are using Apache Spark together with Cassandra, for both real time data stream processing as well as offline data processing. 

* Apache Spark is an open source project - Hadoop-compatible computing engine that makes big data analysis drastically faster, through in-memory computing, and simpler to write, through easy APIs in Java, Scala and Python. This project was born as part of a PHD work in UC Berkley's AMPLab (part of the BDAS - pronounced "Bad Ass") and turned into an incubating Apache project with more active contributors than Hadoop. Surprisingly, Yahoo! are one of the biggest contributors to the project and already have large production clusters of Spark on YARN.Spark can run either standalone cluster, or using either Apache mesos and ZooKeeper or YARN and can run side by side with Hadoop/Hive on the same data. One of the biggest benefits of Spark is that the API is very simple and the same analytics code can be used for both streaming data and offline data processing.
~45min By Tal Sliwowicz

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  • Lior K.

    Video's and Slides from our last Meetup
    Thanks to our presenters Assaf Gannon, Dor Kalev and Tal Sliwowicz

    June 1, 2014

  • DOR K.

    Thanks Lior & Tikal for hosting this fun event. Thanks everyone for coming! And kudos for Assaf & Tal!

    The slides & Original post:

    3 · May 21, 2014

    • Zvika E.

      It was very interesting, and I just browsed your site, and indeed it has very quick response time, great work there.

      1 · May 21, 2014

  • EranW

    I found the Spark presentation the most interesting and definitely the most promising technology. Thanks Tal.s for sharing.

    2 · May 21, 2014

  • Tzahi F.

    Dor - I found your lecture the most interesting and informative. Not just high-level "what we use", but also how and why you got into that. Well done and thanks a lot!

    3 · May 21, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Great meetup! Thanks all involved

    May 21, 2014

  • Lior K.

    Thank you all for participating yesterday in our meetup, hope you enjoyed the event.
    a summary of slides and videos will be published soon.
    See you on the next one and anyone who would like to participate just ping me!

    May 21, 2014

  • Tal S.

    Hi, I hope my presentation was useful.
    You can look at the deck here:

    4 · May 20, 2014

  • Alex B.

    I especially enjoyed Tal's lecture about the usage of Spark in Taboola.

    May 20, 2014

  • Vitalya

    Thanks for a great stories! Was really interesting.

    May 20, 2014

  • Zvika E.

    I totally agree, AWESOME meetup!
    Loved the stories and thanks Tikal for the hard work and making it happen.

    1 · May 20, 2014

  • Yoram C.

    Very interesting. Kudos for organizing this event.

    May 20, 2014

  • Lee R.

    My startup ArtSetters ( is looking to meet with talented tech minds in Tel Aviv to join our exciting startup. We've recently closed a million dollar seed round and have been featured in several publications like The Marker, Yedioth Ahronoth and Haaretz. If you're interested in hearing more, shoot me an email at [masked]

    May 20, 2014

  • Alex z.

    Great lectures indeed!
    I'd love a bit more networking time next time... To get to know the group, and also job opportunities...

    JS artists - ping me...

    1 · May 20, 2014

  • Arik G.

    Great lectures.
    I really loved the deep dive into the new age of CDNs - learned a lot more than I expected from this.

    2 · May 20, 2014

  • Dotan H.

    thanks for a great meetup, and thanks Dor and Tal for sharing your companies' use cases and experience

    May 20, 2014

  • Chen K.

    Can someone turn the tv on?

    1 · May 20, 2014

  • Joseph K.

    Is the talk in English?

    May 20, 2014

  • Shani F.

    האם ההרצאות מצולמות?

    May 4, 2014

  • Almog S.

    I would love to be there but I can't make it that early. Please try to postpone to 17:30

    1 · May 8, 2014

    • Lior K.

      Sorry, the campus isn't available

      May 9, 2014

  • Gal V.


    May 8, 2014

  • Alon N.

    Maybe can start at 5?

    April 28, 2014

    • Lior K.

      moved start time to 16:30, the actual presentation will be around ~16:45, hope it helps.

      April 30, 2014

  • Arina Thrash Y.

    too early =/

    April 28, 2014

  • Lior K.


    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Shay

    ההרצאות יהיו בעברית או באנגלית?

    April 17, 2014

  • Tomer D.

    Looking for a full-time Angular Developer. Feel free to contact me to discuss opportunity

    April 14, 2014

  • yaniv

    sounds interesting..but starts too early

    2 · March 31, 2014

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