2014 – The Year Our Servers Crashed!

Business Product Updates Tech January 5, 2015

2014 was a “get your act together and focus” year for us. At the end of 2013, we winded down all service-projects that were “helping us bootstrap” (bad idea in hindsight; a topic for another post); and entered 2014 with a small round of funding to help us pay our bills while we went about building our product.

And build it, we did.

Looking back at our milestones & issues in Github, I was pleasantly surprised. We had, indeed, covered a lot of ground in 2014.

From basic features in the first half of the year (really, it’s hard to believe that we didn’t have this stuff 12 months ago), like:

To core infrastructure level stuff, like:

To cranking out more advanced features towards the end of the year:

In total, we had closed 618 issues across 3,600 commits. That’s about 2 issues & 14 commits for every working day! Focus, indeed.

But, all the action wasn’t on development side alone. We made some rocking progress on the business side as well:

Vacation Labs Global Signups

Getting a signup a day from across the globe.

And here’s the kicker, over the last 12 months, we delivered a 12x growth in transactions powered by Vacation Labs! So much so, that our servers were running out of memory toward the end of the year and we had to double our server capacity to handle the load.

12x growth in 12 months

2014 was a great year. None of this would’ve been possible without the awesome team that toiled day & night behind-the-scenes. Or without our customers putting-up with being guinea pigs for our early product releases. You’re awesome guys!

Last year was when we focused on the product. This year is when we scale the business. Here’s looking forward to disrupting the tours and activities sector in 2015.

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