How Reducing Friction Enables Entrepreneurship

Allan Grant

Allan Grant is a Ukrainian-born hacker and entrepreneur. Most recently Allan co-founded, a marketplace for engineering careers which has raised more than $100M USD in venture capital. Allan also founded Talkable, a YCombinator-backed SaaS startup based in Kyiv and San Francisco. Allan has been programming since age 7 and started five other companies before Hired & Talkable.

At this #pivorak, Allan will talk about how reducing friction with Rails application generators enabled the starting of Hired and Talkable, and how the design approach of "Vanilla Rails" reduces cost of innovation. He will also share a personal story of his public fight with DHH, and various hacks that helped get his companies off the ground.