EnterpriseJS SFBay #003

San Francisco, CA @ Ernest

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

An Investor’s View: Node.js is the Future

Phil Boyer, Crosslink Capital

Node.js is scaling rapidly within the enterprise and changing the way that companies like PayPal, Intuit, LinkedIn, and Walmart Labs program their applications. While Node was once purely a development approach utilized by early adopters and startups, the benefits experienced through performance gains, more frequent application releases, and an expansive talent pool are all reasons why larger enterprises are jumping on board with Node.js. Phil will explore these reasons in more depth and why investors like Crosslink are long on Node.js and investing in best of breed companies like NodeSource.

Phil Boyer is a VC at Crosslink Capital in SF, where he focuses on early-stage opportunities in big data, SaaS, cloud infrastructure, and IoT/connected hardware. Prior to Crosslink, Phil was an investor with Tenfore Holdings, an early-stage VC in NYC focusing on big data and commerce. He began his career working in equity research covering Internet companies with Credit Suisse and RBC.

Don’t just let Node.js take the blame!

Daniel Khan, Dynatrace

Most likely you are choosing Node.js because it has the reputation to be super-fast, easy to use and you heard a lot of success stories at meetups and conferences. Sure you did performance and scalability tests which confirmed that your decision was correct to go with Node.js. What Daniel has seen is that in enterprise environments Node.js often acts as the gluing tier that connects legacy services to modern offerings like mobile apps or your HTML5 SPA (Single Page Apps) via a REST API Layer. This means that once you integrate your application into the company infrastructure, connect it to internal & external services and go productive you may be the first person to be blamed because "the website is slow" or even better "something broke – there is an error we have not seen before". But who knows if in fact a service consumed or brokered by Node or a database is slow?

At EnterpriseJS SFBay, Daniel showed a set of tools, metrics and dashboards he has seen enterprises use to:

  • Help the ops team to monitor all tiers of enterprise stacks to exactly know who to call when something breaks
  • Allow you to deep dive into Node.js to trace down root causes within your application or service

Daniel Khan has over 15 years experience as full stack developer, architect and technical lead in the field of web engineering proving his strong problem solving skills in hundreds of projects. He is passionate about constant learning, using new technologies and sharing his findings with others. As technology lead, Daniel focuses on driving support for emerging technologies like Node.js at Dynatrace.

$0 to $500MM with Node.js

Brian Romanko, Earnest

Choosing your startup’s primary language is a major decision. It impacts everything from hiring to feature velocity. Earnest chose Node.js as our initial language — and it’s successfully been used to originate and service more than half a billion dollars of loans. Learn about the factors that let us to choose Node, what we’ve learned along the way, and how Node fits into the future of Earnest's technology landscape.

Brian Romanko is the Chief Technology Officer at Earnest. He leads the IT architecture and Data Security teams, guiding them to create products that clients love and trust. Brian was the CTO and co-founder of Heyride, a ride-sharing service acquired by Sidecar. He served as the Vice President of User Experience while at Sidecar. He was also a senior technologist at frog design and Dell. Brian holds an undergraduate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from University of Texas in Austin.

EnterpriseJS San Francisco - Panel Discussion

Q&A Panel with EnterpriseJS Speakers Phil Boyer (Crosslink Capital), Daniel Khan (Dynatrace), Brian Romanko (Earnest) and our Emcee Dan Shaw (CTO & Co-Founder of NodeSource)