About Yevgeniy:

Evgeniy loves programming, writing, speaking, traveling, and lifting heavy things. He is the co-founder of Gruntwork, a company that helps startups get up and running on AWS with DevOps best practices and world-class infrastructure. He’s also the author of the very popular book “Hello, Startup: A Programmer’s Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams,” published by O’Reilly Media that has a 5.0/5.0 rating on Amazon and 4.5/5.0 rating on GoodReads. Previously, he worked as a software engineer at LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Cisco Systems, and Thomson Financial and got his BS and Masters at Cornell University. You must visit ybrikman.com for more information.

Questions for Yevgeniy


Q. Apart from being a core technologist, you also write well, evidently from a successful book that you published. You also have written articles for The Macro, which is Combinator’s blog. he first time I came to know about you was by your articles published in. How did writing for Combinator happen.

Q. I almost finished reading your book, “Hello Startup”. The book is a Hello World tutorial for building products, technologies, and teams in a startup environment. And you interviewed programmers from many successful startups, Google, Facebook, Twitter, github, Instagram, Stripe.

Tell us how did the idea of the book come about?

Q. You also mention that creativity boils down to three stages:

    1. Copy
    2. Transform
    3. Combine

 Do you want to share more about them.

Q. You listed out a few common ingredients that encourage new ideas. Do you want to share them?

Q. Tell us more about the Joel Spolksy” The Iceberg Secret. 

Q. Help us understand the types of MVPs you share in your book.

Q. The book harps on three key ideas:

  • startups are about people

  • Great companies are the result of evolution

  • Speed wins

     Please elaborate more.

Q. What are some of the principles of learning you shared in Chapter 12?