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Locate, Inc. provides technical infrastructural design and software architecture for companies from bootstrapping startups to Fortune 500 Enterprises, all with the same attention to business optimization, technical quality and thought leadership.

Founded in 1998 in Silicon Valley and based in Half Moon Bay, California, Locate provides professional technical services for a wide range of organizations in diverse industries, and created software products for use in Enterprise settings. Our focus in the most recent several years has been in DevOps and SRE: facilitating and enhancing service availability, performance, and functionality via software automation; infrastructure architecture, design, implementation, and operations; and software development toolsets and processes as well as customer-facing production operations, especially on the Amazon and Google clouds.

Starting in 2018, Locate Principal David Watson began working extensively with the EOSIO software invented by Block.one and the EOS public blockchain. We operate several "sister" or special-purpose EOS blockchains on behalf of our clients.

"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”

Frank Gehry

David Watson

David Watson

Every person who builds significant experience in any field finds that certain empirically-based precepts accumulate and become salient as tools even in the context of rapidly evolving technology. In the interest of sharing, a few of my favorites boil down as follows, clichéd or otherwise:
  • What looks like overkill on metrics, observability, tracking, and auditability usually turns out to be valuable in surprising ways
  • Granular modularity leads to the ability to build unpredictably awesome patterns - duh! But this has innumerable corollaries.
  • Always try to be conservative in what we generate, and generous in what we accept (protocol design).
  • Murphy's law states: in production, any points that are not failure-resistant (e.g., redundant) will be the first to fail.
  • Presumably, we as colleagues are all adults. Whenever possible: discuss.
  • Moments of discomfort, a down phase in a business cycle, lack of consensus in a decision process — these usually indicate points of maximal leverage, and carry the best potential for strong future outcomes
  • Our only point of power is the present. Learn from the past; influence the future — now.
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