DIY: Using Erlang at a SF Startup From Day 1

Noah Gift
Chief Technology Officer and General Manager at Sqor, Inc

Template for any new startup in SF, or anywhere, to use Erlang in the company from day 1.

It isn’t hard at all, and a much better choice than many languages to build your startup on.


* Convincing Business People

* WhatsApp (Similar to the old, “Google uses Python”)

* Sqor Sports

* Orchestrating and communicating with other languages:

** Python

** R

** Javascript/Node

** C#

* Realtime

** Messaging

** Websockets

** RabbitMQ

* Building Data Pipelines

** Data Science in a box

** Search and Key Value

* Hiring Developers (easier than you think):

** Get one or two Erlang Developers (or learn it yourself), then have then teach new hires

** A HUGE competitive advantage over companies that are using less “sexy” languages…think PHP

* Have guts day 1

** Making great bold technical decisions from the beginning sets the right pace


Adaptable technical leader, entrepreneur, software developer/architect/engineer and MBA candidate. Over 20 years experience in leadership and engineering, including P&L responsibility. Noah is also a data driven scientist that is comfortable using mathematical modeling to solve complex problems.

Noah started his professional career at 18 years old by working at ABC Network News as a television editor and engineer for the national news. Since then he has worked as an author, software engineer, network engineer, video engineer, founded two companies, and led engineering at several companies. Both of Master's degree have occurred while he has been employed full-time and been active running marathons, which has allowed him to figure out how to prioritize resource allocation under severe constraints.


* Solving interesting (tough and scary) problems, in any language and any environments.

* Leading and growing engineering teams

* Mathematical modeling of data science problems (Excel, AML, Pyomo, glpk, Pandas, numpy/scipy)

* Adapting to my environment and dealing with resource constraints

* Advising Early Stage Startups

Twitter: @noahgift

Github: noahgift

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