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Scalability Rules: Principles for Scaling Web Sites, Second Edition by Michael T. Fisher, Martin L. Abbott

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1. Reduce the Equation

By nearly any measure, Jeremy King has had a successful and exciting career. In the mid-1990s, before the heyday of the Internet, Jeremy was involved in Bay Networks’ award-winning SAP implementation. From there, Jeremy joined the dot-com boom as the VP of engineering at Petopia.com. Jeremy often jokes that he received his “real-world MBA” from the “University of Hard Knocks” during the dot-com bubble at Petopia. From Petopia, Jeremy joined eBay as the director of architecture for V3, eBay’s then-next-generation commerce platform. If Petopia offered a lesson in economics and financing, eBay (where Jeremy later became a VP) offered an unprecedented education in scaling systems. Jeremy spent three years as the EVP of technology ...

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