Building a Business on Rails with Mike Perham

March 5, 2021, 1 p.m. (1 year, 9 months ago)

[00:01:40] Mike tells us about himself, what he was doing before he started Sidekiq, and what led in the idea of him starting it.

[00:03:46] Jason asks Mike if he thinks a lot of thread safe code in our ecosystem came from just people adopting Sidekiq, and when he started Sidekiq did he have plans of it becoming paid tiers or was it purely an open source project at the time.

[00:06:07] When he moved to the open core model, Mike tells us if he had both the pro and enterprise license at one time or if it was there just one license.


[00:08:35] Jason asks Mike when you’re searching for things about Sidekiq, and you see other libraries that aren’t from Sidekiq, but they’re Sidekiq dash and its open source versions, does he ever feel like that is an issue for his business.

[00:10:50] Mike explains how Active Job plays into all of this for him.


[00:15:55] Mike tells us where Faktory came from, what it is, and would it be any use to Ruby Developers to choose over Sidekiq. He also tells us how the adoption of it has been compared to Sidekiq.

[00:19:37] Jason brings up an experiment Mike did awhile back with Sidekiq and Crystal, and he was wondering how that went and if he still has interest in it.


[00:25:54] Mike shares with us how he turned Sidekiq and Faktory into his full-time gig and the economics around it. 

[00:33:05] Chris mentions always looking up to Mike after reading his blog posts, and Chris realizing his dream what he wanted to do and Mike shares advice with him as well.

[00:34:39] Chris and Mike talk about writing blog posts, building gems, and building trust in a lot of different ways. Mike also mentions how important teaching is to build trust. They mention Jeremy Evans and Andrew Kane as widely trusted people in the Ruby community. 

[00:37:47] Andrew and Mike explain what Sidekiq is.  


Jason Charnes

Chris Oliver

Andrew Mason


Mike Perham




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Jeremy Evans-GitHub

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