All the Stuff That Wouldn't Fit in Redfin's TechCrunch Essay

Redfin just published an essay on TechCrunch about what we learned from venture capitalists while raising money. Some of the small-is-beautiful thinkers here in Seattle may say it’s just another how-to guide for kissing investors’ fannies rather than boot-strapping a business. Not true! Our point wasn’t to tell people how to raise money; the entrepreneurs who are… Read More

It's Facebook, Stupid (Not Twitter, by a Margin of 5 to 1)

Twitter has certainly been on everyone’s minds lately. The company’s traffic has declined recently, but its news coverage hasn’t. TechCrunch has written about Twitter 45 times in the last 15 days alone — including MG Siegler’s magisterial 2,500-word think-piece on Twitter’s re-tweet function . Over the same fortnight, TechCrunch has written about only one other… Read More

A Few Good Databases…

Redfin.com’s performance and stability problems, which began with Thursday morning’s upgrade and continued until this evening, seem to be over.  All the photos and details of recently sold homes that became available with this upgrade had caused our database to fail under high user load . We resolved the problem by tuning the database and… Read More