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How we've made Raptor up to 4x faster than Unicorn, up to 2x faster than Puma & Torquebox

One of the big questions have people have for us, is how we’ve made Raptor fast. After all, claiming that it’s “up to 4x faster” than other app servers is not a small claim. Unicorn, Puma and Torquebox are already pretty fast, so beating them hasn’t been easy and has taken a lot of work.

There are multiple reasons why Raptor is fast, and we will release a series of blog posts that explain in high detail the techniques used to make a fast application server.

Little’s Law Is Big For Startups

Traffic, traction, growth. We all know that these terms are prerequisites to success. As we launch our startups we hope for initial customer acceptance, which would lead to traffic, traction and growth (TTG). In some cases, we’re willing to pay for traffic. In most other cases, we work around the clock to ignite organic TTG.

When we read about the successful co-founders of a Yelp, Pinterest, or WhatsApp, we find ourselves inspired by their drive and intellect, but we often leave wondering what it really was that gave these startups the astronomical TTG that we all want. There’s certainly no shortage of ideas and opinions about how one startup achieved success, but as analytical founders, the prescribed path from “good to great” often does not satisfy us. We crave more mathematical guidance.

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