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Fiverr Engineering with Gil Sheinfeld

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/FiverrEngineering.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download As the gig economy grows, that growth necessitates innovations in the online infrastructure powering these new labor markets. In our previous episodes about Uber, we explored the systems that balance server load and gather geospacial data. In our coverage of Lyft, we studied Envoy, the service proxy that standardizes communications and load balancing among services. In shows about Airbnb, we talked about the

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Serverless Event-Driven Architecture with Danilo Poccia

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ServerlessEvents.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In an event driven application, each component of application logic emits events, which other parts of the application respond to. We have examined this pattern in previous shows that focus on pub/sub messaging, event sourcing, and CQRS. In today’s show, we examine the intersection of event driven architecture and serverless architecture. Serverless applications can be built by combining functions-as-a-service (like AWS Lambda) together

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BigQuery with Jordan Tigani

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/BigQuery.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Large-scale data analysis was pioneered by Google, with the MapReduce paper. Since then, Google’s approach to analytics has evolved rapidly, marked by papers such as Dataflow and Dremel. Dremel combined a column-oriented, distributed file system with a novel way of processing queries. A single Dremel query is distributed into a tree of servers, starting with the root server, splitting into the intermediate servers,

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Legal Technology with Justin Kan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/LegalTechnology.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Imagine that you are a lawyer. Your work involves managing files with dense, technical text. Your co-workers collaborate with you to accomplish a complex goal that can be broken down into smaller pieces. Your work has formal specifications, but there are degrees of freedom in how you express an idea. In all of these ways, the job of a lawyer is similar to

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Early Investments with Semil Shah

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SemilShah.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download An engineer who wants to start a business using investment capital needs to understand the expectations of investors. The market for the business needs to be huge. The team needs to have a differentiated understanding of the market, or a differentiated product. The CEO needs to have the determination to continue operating the company even when it gets very difficult. And the price

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OpenBazaar with Brian Hoffman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/OpenBazaar.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cryptocurrencies give us a decentralized financial system. OpenBazaar is a decentralized commerce system. A merchant can log onto OpenBazaar and post a listing for an item–for example, a t-shirt that I want to sell for $15. My item listing will spread throughout the OpenBazaar P2P network. A shopper can download the OpenBazaar desktop application and see my listing for a t-shirt. The shopper

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Netflix Serverless-like Platform with Vasanth Asokan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/NetflixServerless.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Netflix API is accessed by developers who build for over 1000 device types: TVs, smartphontes, VR headsets, laptops. If it has a screen, it can probably run Netflix. On each of these different devices, the Netflix experience is different. Different screen sizes mean there is variable space to display the content. When you open up Netflix, you want to efficiently browse through

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Serverless Authentication with Bobby Johnson

http://media.blubrry.com/audio_reviews/p/traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Webtask.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Serverless architecture is software that runs without an addressable server. Serverless is made possible by two types of technology: platform as a service providers like Auth0, and functions as a service like AWS Lambda. With both of these technologies, we can program logic that runs without being deployed to a server. Functions as a service are cheap and scalable. Write your code for

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Parlaying Failure to Fortune with Paul Martino

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/PaulMartino.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In 2003, Paul Martino co-founded Tribe.net, one of the earliest social networking sites.  Tribe had significant traction, with hundreds of thousands of users. In the early 2000s, hundreds of thousands of users was enough traffic to pose a company with engineering challenges. Paul had studied computer science, and was able to use his knowledge of high-performance computing to write an efficient graph database,

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Bad Men with Bob Hoffman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/BadMen.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the 1960s, advertising agencies were high-dollar creative producers. A client would come to an ad agency and pay millions of dollars for artistic messaging that would convince a consumer to buy a product. How could you measure the success of these advertising campaigns? Maybe you could see success in the sales data. Maybe people were starting to talk about the product. Ultimately,

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Augmented Reality with Scott Montgomerie

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ScopeAR.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Augmented reality applications are slowly making their way into the world of the consumer. Pokemon Go created the magical experience of seeing Pokemon superimposed upon the real world. IKEA’s mobile app lets you see how a couch would fit into your living room, which has a significant improvement on the furniture buying process. Augmented reality applications can have even more dramatic impact on

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Elastic Load Balancing with Ranga Rajagopalan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Avi_Networks_complete_with_preamble.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Computational load is the amount of demand that is being placed on a computer system. “Load” can take the form of memory, CPU, network bandwidth, disk space, and other finite resources. When we design systems, we need to prepare for high-load events. On a social network, people are much more active in the mornings. On an e-commerce site, Black Friday causes many more

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Kafka at NY Times with Boerge Svingen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/KafkaatNYT.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The New York Times is a newspaper that evolved into a digital publication. Across its 166 year history, The Times has been known for longform journalistic quality, in addition to its ability to quickly churn out news stories. Some content on the New York Times is old but timeless “evergreen” content. Readers of the New York Times website are not only looking for the

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Cryptoeconomics with Vlad Zamfir

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/VladZamfir.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download A cryptocurrency has a distributed ledger called a blockchain. The blockchain keeps track of every transaction that occurs across the cryptocurrency. This blockchain must stay up-to-date and verified–which requires someone in the network to do that validation. Bitcoin and Ethereum use the proof-of-work algorithm. Miners do computational work to validate the legitimacy of transactions across the network, and in return they are given

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Analyse Asia with Bernard Leong

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/AnalyseAsia.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In America, the tech companies we focus on are commonly known as FAANG: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google. We all know what these companies do because they impact our daily lives. In Asia, there are three giant tech companies that have similar scale: Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, otherwise known as BAT. Technology within a location is shaped by the pressures of that location.

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IFTTT Architecture with Nicky Leach

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/IFTTT.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s 9pm at night, and you are hungry. You order a pizza from Domino’s. You live on a street that’s dark, and so you have installed a smart lightbulb in front of your mailbox that lights up the address. When the pizza at Domino’s is ready, you want the lightbulb on your mailbox to light up so that the delivery person can read

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Dremio with Tomer Shiran

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Dremio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The MapReduce paper was published by Google in 2004. MapReduce is an algorithm that describes how to do large-scale data processing on large clusters of commodity hardware. The MapReduce paper marked the beginning of the “big data” movement. The Hadoop project is an open source implementation of the MapReduce paper. Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella wrote software that allowed anybody to use MapReduce,

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Keybase with Max Krohn

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Keybase.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Public key encryption allows for encrypted, private messages. A message sent from Bob to Alice gets encrypted using Alice’s public key. Public key encryption also allows for signed messages–so that when Alice signs a message, Alice uses her private key and Bob can verify it if Bob has her public key. In both cases, Bob needs Alice’s public key! If Bob gets that

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Quantum Computing Introduction with Zlatko Minev

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/QuantumComputing.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Computer chips have physical limitations. When transistors get too small, electrons start to behave in ways that make the hardware modules less reliable. Our reliable technological progress has been enabled by Moore’s Law: the idea that the number of components we can fit on a chip doubles roughly every 12-18 months. We can’t keep shrinking the size of these components, because physics is

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Smart Contract Security with Emin Gün Sirer

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SmartContractSecurity.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download A smart contract is a program that allows for financial transactions. Smart contracts are usually associated with the Ethereum platform, which has a language called Solidity that makes it easy to program smart contracts. Someday, we will have smart contracts issuing insurance, processing legal claims, and executing accounting transactions. Smart contracts involve money, and they are likely to transact with cryptocurrencies. That makes

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