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Guillermo Rauch

Guillermo Rauch is a prominent figure in the web development and technology industry.

  1. Current role: He is the CEO of Vercel, a cloud platform for static and Jamstack deployment.
  2. Background: Originally from Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rauch started his career in tech at a young age.
  3. Early career: He was part of the MooTools core team and got his first full-time job as a frontend engineer at 18.
  4. Entrepreneurship: Rauch founded Cloudup, a file-sharing platform, which was later acquired by Automattic (the company behind WordPress).
  5. Open source contributions: He has created and contributed to numerous influential open source projects, including:
    • Socket.IO (real-time communication library)
    • Mongoose (MongoDB object modeling for Node.js)
    • Next.js (React framework, co-authored)
    • Hyper (cross-platform terminal emulator)
  6. Author: He wrote one of the first books on Node.js, titled "Smashing Node.js: JavaScript Everywhere".
  7. Innovation: Rauch has been involved in various innovative projects, including early adoption of Node.js in production and the development of real-time infrastructure for MongoDB.
  8. Current focus: With Vercel, he's working on improving web performance and developer experience, powering websites for major companies like Washington Post, Porsche, Under Armour, and Nintendo.