Luigi Montanez and Ryan Resella: You’ll never believe what powers Upworthy

Upworthy (“Things that matter”)  is an extremely popular Web site, containing video that they the site hopes will go viral, typically on socially conscious topics. (You have probably seen links to Upworthy videos on social networks such as Facebook.) Upworthy is written in Ruby on Rails, and runs on Heroku — but this wasn’t always the case, and the story of how they started, and then grew and scaled, is an interesting one. In this talk, Luigi Montanez and Ryan Resella, two engineers at Upworthy, describe the ways in which Upworthy started, grew, and was scaled, and the problems that they had to solve at each turn.

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