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Press Release: September 5, 2013

Every Business Is a Web Business Now--Optimize Sites at Velocity Conference

Sebastopol, CA, September 5, 2013—Seconds—even milliseconds—can cost you. The average web page has doubled in size since 2010, while users' skyrocketing expectations have shrunk their patience. Almost half of visitors will abandon a site if they have to wait more than three seconds. Nobody can afford that. You lose too much when your site doesn't function at its absolute best—money, traffic, trust.

For those who need to keep their sites strong and fast, O'Reilly's Velocity brings its successful web operations and performance conference to New York City for the first time, October 14-16, 2013. After six years in Silicon Valley, Europe, and China, chairs Steve Souders and John Allspaw invite New York's technical and business leaders to bring their most challenging problems to Velocity. At Velocity New York, experts from finance, media, advertising, entertainment, tech, and other online businesses share their collective brilliance to work on building the fastest and strongest web yet.

Speakers from firms such as Union Square Ventures, Qualcomm, Major League Baseball, Facebook, Netflix, Salesforce, Etsy, Google, GitHub, and Intuit discuss both their success stories and cautionary tales. A rich schedule of networking events also provides time for more informal conversations.

Velocity is about sharing ideas on operations and performance in high-stakes environments. And if the stakes are high in Silicon Valley, they're that much higher in NYC. Just ask NASDAQ, or even the New York Times.


Websites themselves keep making news. When websites fail, Velocity's chairs can tell you what went wrong, and how to stop that from happening again.

For questions on what keeps the Web running at its best, Etsy's Senior VP of Technical Operation John Allspaw

For questions on making the Web faster, Google's Head Perfomance Engineer Steve Souders


Video from Velocity Santa Clara 2013

Sharing Is a Competitive Advantage: Why the Velocity Conference Is Coming to
New York

For those who need a refresher course immediately before Velocity:

Web Operations Bootcamp

Web Performance Bootcamp

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