If there’s one thing that web startups –particularly engineers at web startups — think about a lot, it’s what they call “scale.” What they usually mean by that is the ability to take the beta service tested with a dozen friends and turn it into a globe-spanning colossus, with millions of users interacting simultaneously, all while ensuring that those users don’t experience delays in the service. But the route to those twinned goals is never an easy one , says former Twitter engineer Alex Payne, who now works for a financial startup called BankSimple. As Payne notes in a blog post, focusing on can not only send you in the wrong direction, but leave you high and dry when you are in desperate need of true scalability.

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