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.