Crushing Tech Debt Through Automation at Coinbase

In the past 4 years Coinbase has grown from one service in production to over 100. Our team has grown 50x, we’ve launched in 30 countries and reinvented ourselves several times as we mature and our industry evolves. We believe a failure mode of financial companies is the death of innovation once encumbered by tech debt and the fear to change that follows. While maintaining an uncompromising level of increasingly scrutinized security, we’ve systematically attacked tech debt to stay agile and step ahead of our competitors. This talk will take a deep dive into how Coinbase attacks tech debt, including deployments, testing, immutable + codified infrastructure. We’ll share a recent "Scorched Earth" event where we upgraded and rebuilt 100% of our infrastructure from scratch in 24 hours. Tech includes AWS, Docker, CoreOS, Terraform, GeoEngineer and more.


Rob Witoff

Chief Architect @Coinbase

Rob is a director at Coinbase and building systems that connect you with (what may be) the future of finance. His team is responsible for the systems that collect, stream, power and analyze the data supporting transactions globally. Previously, he led Data Science from the IT CTO’s office at...

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Dark Code: The Legacy/Tech Debt Dilemma


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