In the second half of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” interview with Raj Patel, Raj gives a behind-the-scenes look at technology powering Pinterest. Founded in 2010, Pinterest now hosts more than 30 billion ‘pins’ and 750 million ‘boards’, requiring a large-scale, agile infrastructure to support the company.
In the video, Raj ponders if Pinterest would have been able to achieve such rapid growth without technical innovations such as the public cloud. He also discusses the strategic role IT operations play within a company.
“Smart People on Ice” is a line from the 1985 movie Real Genius, the classic comedy which chronicled the exploits and hijinks of a group of precocious youths at fictional California university, modeled on CalTech. Our Smart People series features conversations with leading technologists from across the technology stack discussing how they first fell in love with technology, their early days with computers, and their evolution as technologists and entrepreneurs.
Smart People’s host is Alex Benik. Real Genius was one of the sparks that catalyzed Alex’s fascination with technology as a boy and has influenced him to this day. Alex has been with Battery since 2001 and invests in infrastructure technologies. He currently works with Cask, Catchpoint, Chef, Cumulus Networks, Diablo Technologies, GuardiCore, Interana and Stratoscale.
Watch part one of Alex’s “Smart People on Ice” interview with Raj Patel here.