fast, faster, Fastly

March 10, 2014 10:56 am | 15 Comments

Today I join Fastly as Chief Performance Officer. Read more in Fastly’s announcement.

I’m excited to get back to the world of startups. People who have known me for less than 15 years don’t know that side of me. In my early career I worked at Advanced Decision Systems, Helix Systems (co-founder), General Magic, WhoWhere?, and CoolSync (co-founder) – companies that ranged from 3 to 300 employees.

I went to Yahoo! with the intention of staying for a few years to have some good healthcare. I loved it so much I stayed for eight years working with people like Doug Crockford, Stoyan Stefanov, Nicholas Zakas, Nicole Sullivan, Tenni Thuerer, and Philip Tellis and many more incredible developers. It was there that Ash Patel and Geoff Ralston asked me to start a team focused on performance. As visionary executives, they believed there was a set of performance best practices that would be applicable to all the Yahoo! properties. It turned out those best practices apply to nearly every site on the Web.

Knowing Google’s culture of performance I was excited to continue my work there over the past six years. Google is an amazing company. I want to loudly thank Yahoo! and Google for giving me the opportunity to focus on web performance. They are responsible for sharing this web performance research, tools, and code with the web community. It’s important that we have companies like these to move the Web forward.

Many of Google’s performance projects, such as Chrome, SPDY, WebP, and Public DNS, focus on improving the Web’s infrastructure. These infrastructure projects have a dramatic impact – they help raise the tide for all websites. That’s half of the equation. The other half lies with how websites are built. Even on this fast infrastructure it’s still possible to build a slow website.

That’s why I’m excited to join Fastly where I’ll be able to engage with Fastly’s customers to produce websites that are blazingly fast. Fastly’s CDN platform is built with latest generation technology and software. I hope to add more performance to an already fast network, and make it go even fastlier.


recent posts:

Measuring localStorage Performance

February 11, 2014 4:59 pm | 2 Comments

Recently someone asked me if it was possible to measure the performance of localStorage. While this was difficult a few years ago, we can do it now thanks to Navigation Timing. This post explains how to measure localStorage performance as well as the results of my tests showing the maximum size of localStorage, when the […]

Browser Wishlist 2013

January 22, 2014 11:34 am | 1 Comment

This is a cross-post from last month’s Performance Calendar (hence the reference to “holiday” spirit). In case any browser teams are awash in the spirit of holiday gift-giving, here’s my wishlist for performance features I’d love to see. I did a similar Browser Performance Wishlist in 2010. I hope this list will initiate numerous discussions that result […]

HTML Imports: scope, security, and suggestions

December 2, 2013 2:03 pm | Comments Off

This is the third of three blog posts on Web Components, primarily focusing on the performance impact of HTML imports. Scope The first post, Async Ads with HTML Imports, proposes using this new technology as a way to avoid the blocking behavior of synchronous ads. It’s better than using iframes because the HTML import’s LINK tag can […]


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