The Scalability Paradox

James Fulford
2 min readOct 1, 2021

It doesn’t matter as much as you think.

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Engineers make their living when demand increases and supply needs to go up. We’re told stories when people built with and without scalability and how it made the difference between success and loss. We notice the times where popularity or disaster caused a spike. Pokemon Go. Zoom. GasBuddy. We admire the engineering prowess needed to build the most scalable platforms.’s…