The amount of our personal data exhaust generated over the past few years is staggering, yet our ability to access it in a useful way has lagged behind. Timehop is a mobile app that exposes that data in a way that’s consumable and fun. Over the past nine months, we’ve grown from 1 million to 13 million users – with a bunch of 3am pages along the way.
Timehop’s technology stack looked a lot like any other startup’s stack: A single Ruby on Rails application deployed to Heroku using Postgres and some MongoDB. We now have a service-oriented architecture with a lot of Go and massively scaled datastore using DynamoDB.
In this talk, Benny Wong, cofounder and CTO of Timehop, will talk about how Timehop survived 13x growth in a matter of months. Specifically:
Benny Wong is a cofounder and CTO at Timehop. Having built Timehop from a hackathon project through to an app with millions of daily active users, Benny has seen and worked in every part of the stack.
Prior to starting Timehop, he was the tech lead at Gilt Groupe where he launched the Gilt City product. Before that he wrote code in finance and did not much enjoy it.