London Microservices Meetup

London μServices (Microservices) User Group
London μServices (Microservices) User Group
Public group


12 Throgmorton Avenue · London

How to find us

BlackRock, Drapers Gardens, 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2DL

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6:30 pm: Arrive, food & drinks, networking

7:00 pm: Brief introductions

7:05 pm: The less talked-about benefits of microservices by Cristian Vrabie (Fixter)

7:45 pm: Quick 5-minute break

7:50 pm: Scaling Gousto: Making Microservices Great Again by Abu Shoaib (Gousto)

8:30 pm: Finish, networking


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The less talked-about benefits of microservices
Cristian Vrabie, Fixter

Many times we're asked to speak about the benefits of microservices, we rush to praise the ease of scaling as the main advantage. But scaling is not an interesting topic for all projects, nor are microservices the only way to achieve it. We hear much less about the benefits microservices bring to security, collaboration and reliance. This presentation seeks to show 7 such benefits through the hands-on experience of a young tech startup.

Key takeaways:
- Microservices force a shift in thinking that leads to better-decoupled design
- Minimum necessary permissions model improves security
- Well-defined service boundaries improve service reliability
- Smaller logical chunks reduce build time, complexity, and conflicts in collaboration
- Smaller code units allow gradual upgrade and foster experimentation

Cristian is a hands-on CTO that has built and made mistakes in most programming languages and paradigms. After over a decade of experience, having worked in companies both big and small, he’s helping Fixter reimagine the car maintenance industry.


Scaling Gousto: Making Microservices Great Again
Abu Shoaib, Gousto

Gousto is the largest recipe-box company in the UK. Customers buy recipes from us, and we deliver the exactly-measured raw ingredients to the customer 7-days a week, with next-day delivery now available.

At Gousto, we design, build and run almost all of the software that powers our business. We started our journey into microservices without a coherent strategy. That was fine until we really started to scale. We made mistakes, felt the pain, and realised we needed a coherent strategy.

This talk will explain, with examples, how we've taken mostly well-known ideas and adopted and adapted them into architecture principles at Gousto, to allow our teams and systems to scale.

Abu has worked at Gousto for nearly 4 years in various Engineering roles, and has seen the company grow almost 15x in that time.