Ry Walker


Hi. I'm a developer/entrepreneur for the past twenty years. Currently focused on growing Astronomer and Differential.


  1. Three early problems

    There are three early problems in the tech product journey: Product Dev — Actually building the product you envisioned. (Finding great devs, raising money, launching.) Marketing — Getting a steady stream of attention (signups), from the right target users. User Retention — Keeping your hard-fought signups. Most startup advice focuses on #1 and…

    on startups

  2. My next chapter: Astronomer

    I recently began the next chapter in my career, working full-time on a tech startup, Astronomer, which helps companies achieve real-time analytics. Differential First, I have to give props to my colleagues at Differential. What started as a "venture studio" has become a world-leading Meteor development studio. In 2013 we…


  3. Collect stories of astonishment

    When working on a new SaaS product, it's imperitive that you build something astonishing — especially to your early adopter users. This will provide you a solid foundation for traction. Yes, you could pump up your numbers with "growth hacking" — but if you do that in lieu of building something people…

    on startups, retention

  4. What the Cincinnati Tech Scene Needs

    Some fun discussion on Twitter the past few days. My thoughts... Maybe we should combine energy and efforts into making Cintrifuse (the non-profit) successful. I'm not set on this as a solution. I've written thousands of words on this topic today. Deleted most of them. Below are the ones that…

    on startups, cincinnnati

  5. Deploying a Meteor App to Modulus

    When you're ready to unleash an app on the world, you probably don't want to just continue to freeload on Meteor.com. Enter Modulus... Cincinnati is home to Node.js hosting company, Modulus. The team at Modulus went through the effort to make hosting Meteor apps on Modulus painless, by…

    on meteor, modulus