TOCS Event-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

TOCS Event-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

TOCS Event


Alex Norbert

Alex Nobert

Director of Technical Operations, Minted


March 5, 1:30 pm



CMUSV, Rm 118 [directions]

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Title: They Grow Up So Fast: Scaling Production Web Applications

Behind every successful web application is a strong operations team. Tasked with the proper care and feeding of a server farm, tending to databases, rooting out obscure bugs and keeping an eye on the health of the ecosystem, operations engineers enable teams of talented developers the world over to focus on creating the next big thing, or at least a pretty cool little thing.

Beginning with what exactly modern web operations entails, this talk aims to shine a light on the critical roles played by ops in startups, the problems faced and overcome by ops teams, and how and why a person would ever want to get into operations to begin with.

Speaker Bio:

Alex Nobert is the Director of Technical Operations at Minted, a social commerce site and design marketplace which crowd-sources graphic designs and art from a global community and sells those as printed paper products.

Most recently, Alex led the operations team at Vox Media that launched and scaled popular technology site The Verge. Prior to that, he spent 3 years at eCommerce site Shopify where he oversaw year-over-year growth of well over 100% in all measurable categories.