Joe Stump on How to Find Purpose Building Massive Websites

In Chapter 1 of 16 of his 2009 Capture Your Flag interview, Internet architect Joe Stump shares how building large websites - skyscrapers - has contributed to shaping his sense of purpose. Stump led social media site Digg's architecture team before departing to co-found location infrastructure company SimpleGeo.


Erik Michielsen: What do you do?

Joe Stump: At my most basic level, I’m a computer programmer.  I specialize mostly in the architecture aspect. I like to think of it as like I build virtual skyscrapers.  The very big websites that you go to are virtual skyscrapers.  It takes a different mindset to build those sites than it does to say build a house or cabin.