Robby (Cowboy VC) & Tim (Essence VC)
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Episode 15: Vercel & the Frontend Movement Around Next.js

AUTHOR: Robby (Cowboy VC) & Tim (Essence VC)

Guillermo Rauch, Founder & CEO, Vercel

Guillermo is the Founder & CEO of Vercel, the company behind the open-source project Next.js. Next.js is a React framework used by frontend developers to build websites in a Jamstack format. Next.js has 79K stars on GitHub and a Discord community with over 33K members. Vercel has raised over $300M from GGV, Accel, Google Ventures, and Bedrock Capital.

In this episode, we discuss Guillermo’s extensive experience in open-source, early architectural decisions to set up for scale, what a great “developer experience” really means, creating a complex distributed system that appears simple from the user's perspective, Vercel’s culture of excellence, and advice for open-source founders early in their journey.

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