• RethinkDB Expands Beyond SSDs, Launches Its Speedy Database To The Public

    Back in July 2009 I wrote about an ambitious Y Combinator-backed startup called RethinkDB that was setting out to create a new kind of database, built from the ground up for solid state drives (SSDs). It was an intriguing idea — SSDs are faster and more reliable than traditional platter-based drives, and they’re becoming less prohibitively expensive. But, as it turns out, there… Read More

  • RethinkDB Raises $1.2 Million For Its Database For Solid-State Drives

    RethinkDB, the startup that’s looking to provide a MySQL storage engine that’s been built from the ground up for solid-state drives, has closed a $1.2 million seed funding round. The roster of investors taking part in the round is impressive: Highland Capital Partners, Avalon Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Charles River Ventures are all participating. Angel investors in the… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Elite Flock To Y Combinator Demo Day

    I’m here at Y Combinator’s Demo Day, where the latest batch of the incubator program’s startups are showing off the fruits of their labor to a room of press and VCs from around Silicon Valley. The turnout today is huge — VCs representing billions of dollars in managed funds are here, with investors from US Venture Partners, XG Ventures, Founder’s Fund… Read More

  • YC-Funded RethinkDB: A MySQL Storage Engine Built From The Ground Up For Solid State Drives

    It’s been a long time coming, but the computer industry is finally making headway in the switch from old-fashioned, platter based hard drives to the solid state drives (SSDs) found in iPhones and many other electronics. The benefits are obvious: unlike their platter-based counterparts, SSDs have no moving parts, and they’re also significantly faster for many tasks. Unfortunately… Read More