Interview with Blaine Cook from Twitter

April 23, 2008


Recently the Silicon Valley Insider reported Blaine Cook, Lead Architect of Twitter has left Twitter. I interviewed Blaine at FOWA 2008 (as well as Leah Culver, Matt Mullenweg and the guys from Wufoo, amongst others) and I was taken aback by what a nice, down-to-earth guy Blaine is.

There is a bit of a brushfire burning in the blogosphere today about Blaine’s leaving Twitter. Some people are faulting him for Twitter’s spotty uptime, all I know is that I’ve noticed a pile of issues since he left.

In this interview we talk about scaling Twitter and the demands that come with that responsibility, among other things:

P.S., we’ll be posting more videos in the coming weeks and months.


about the author

Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.