I'm a co-founder and CTO of Rivalry, an Atlanta, GA venture backed company. I write about everything that goes into building a young company, from fund raising strategy to technical nitty gritty.

WordPress, Apache, ELB, SSL

Posted by Tejus Parikh on August 21, 2015

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One of my favorite features in ELB is using it to terminate SSL. It saves me from having to manage the certificates in Chef for multiple different webservers. Getting WordPress fully over to SSL with ELB termination turned out to be a little more complicated than I thought. These are the steps that I followed to get Rivalry.com served up over HTTPS.

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Small Steps to Diversity in a Tech Startup

Posted by Tejus Parikh on August 13, 2015

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A team constructed with wide ranging experiences and backgrounds can be much more than the sum of individuals. While I like building teams filled with unique individuals, doing so can be difficult in the homogenous world of early-stage startups. The reasons why this is are numerous (and contentious), but that does not mean it's impossible. These are some of the things that we've found while adding to the diversity at Rivalry.

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Product Drives Enterprise Viral

Posted by Tejus Parikh on August 03, 2015

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The Enterprise Viral growth strategy impacts other aspects of an organization, but is fueled through the product. It is the product's responsibility to prove the value proposition, be engaging, and turn users into advocates. These are great generalizations, but what are specifics that drive this type of product?

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What "Enterprise Viral" Means for Sales.

Posted by Tejus Parikh on June 11, 2015

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One tangential storyline to the consumerization of enterprise technology is the need for products to be Enterprise Viral. Like every change to an established go-to-market strategy, going enterprise viral has significant effects on the business, especially sales and product development. In this post, I'll take a look at the impact enterprise viral has on Sales.

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RailsConf 2015

Posted by Tejus Parikh on April 26, 2015

Railsconf 2015

RailsConf 2015 was local and in downtown Atlanta this year, making it the perfect opportunity for my first RailsConf. For starters, I whole heartedly appreciate the effort that goes into staging a conference of this size. Lining up venues, negotiating with hotels, managing vendors, attracting quality speakers, and just getting people through the process takes a lot of time and effort. It's an impressive undertaking for a non-profit organization relying on volunteer support. For that, the team behind the conference deserves some kudos.

That said, my company spent a good deal of money and three days in a critical period for my team to go. With that context, I didn't feel like I got enough out of it to go again, especially not outside of my home city. What follows are my thoughts on why.

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