John Goulah

Dev Infrastructure Tools Lead Engineer, Etsy

John Goulah has been working in New York City over the last several years for a number of web sites in both technical and management roles, as well as the co-founder of several startups. Having spent much of his youth touring in rock bands and hacking from the road, he is no stranger to crowds, be it a smoke filled room or presenting to the company board. He strives for non mundane tasks and has automated himself out of his last few endeavors, which has landed him in his current role as an Engineer at Etsy, the leading marketplace for handmade goods.


Running a data store at the scale of a site like Etsy took several phases of iteration to get to where it is today. This included the data migration from a monolithic postgres database to a sharded mysql store, in addition to creating in depth tooling to adapt with our growing needs along the way. At Etsy, we made a decision to horizontally scale our data by sharding it across MySQL multi-... [read more]