Perry Dyball steps down as organiser of LDNWebPerf
Back in late 2010 I was asked by a good friend of mine, Stephen Thair, if I would like to give the first talk at a new meetup he was starting in Jan 2011.
I was then Web Operations Manager at Seatwave, and we had recently, via a queuing, frontend, backend and database tuning project, delivered a real shock to the concert ticketing market when amongst all the huge players we were the only site to be available for customers to buy tickets for the first two hours of the onsale when Take That reformed which sold out 54 stadium dates in the UK alone. On that day we made 30 days revenue – effectively just by not going down. This got Seatwave, and me, noticed by the industry!
There were about 25 people at that meetup, at the Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market. I very rarely missed a meetup that Steve organised so when in the summer of 2014, when Steve went off to start DevOpsGuys – now DevOpsGroup – in Cardiff he needed someone to take over.
Myself along with help from Andrew Betts and a group of volunteers took on the mantle and grew LDNWebPerf into what it is now.
Since October 2014, we have formed a Community Interest Company, built our own website, thanks to Adam Onishi on that one, raised industry sponsorship
In the 50 months since running the group, we’ve had 49 meetups and two conferences – Edge in 2015 organised and curated by Andrew Betts, and DeltaV in 2018 organised by myself, Simon Hearne, Jo Franchetti and White October Events.
Alongside all that, across LDNWebPerf, DeltaV and Edgeconf we have made considerable donations to good causes – mostly to IT related charities and community organisations, but also, as tonight, for BBC Children in Need and Crisis at Christmas. I think the total is in excess of £20,000 across those years.
So, what does 2019 bring? Personally, my own career and personal choices are taking me in a different direction to web performance and restricting the time I have to dedicate to the group. Whilst I am proud of those 4+ years it is now time for new ideas, new vigor, and a chance for a new team to take LDNWebPerf forward. It is therefore with a great degree of personal sadness that after tonight I will be standing down from organising the group.
In January I’ll be organising an open meeting hopefully to encourage a new team to take on the CIC and the organisation of the group. If you think you would like to be that person, or just help out, please do come along when the details are finalised. You won’t regret it, I have made so many great friends through this group and hopefully in time I’ll be back, just as you are now as attendees. I might even wear a normal shirt! But now, it’s time for me to thank you for all your support, say goodbye, and wish you a fantastic Christmas and New Year.