NYC Tech Talk: 19 Jan 2010

January 19, 2010 Pivotal Labs

Pivotal NYC was lucky enough to have Ben Stein in the
office to give a beta presentation entitled “Beyond the Hype: What it
Really Takes to Build a Technology Business on the Cloud”. Ben has
built his own successful startup, Mobile Commons,
using some of the principles he discussed.

Boiled down to its essence, Ben’s theme was (with apologies to Chris
Carter): Trust No One.

More specifically, Ben talked about ways to build your business and
technology to better handle the inevitable failures of your vendors,
partners and infrastructure providers.

Technical highlights from Ben’s talk included a recipe for
constructing a vendor-agnostic library (heretofore known as the “Stein
Stack”), and actionable rules-of-thumb to make API consumers and
producers more robust and debuggable.

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