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episode 505: Typesense is truly open source search

This week we’re joined by Jason Bosco, co-founder of Typesense — the open source Algolia alternative and the easier to use ElasticSearch alternative. For years we’ve used Algolia as our search engine, so we come to this conversation with skin in the game and the scars to prove it. Jason shared how he and his co-founder got started on Typesense, why and how they are “all in” on open source, the options and the paths developers can take to add search to their project, how Typesense compares to ElasticSearch and Algolia, he walks us through getting started, the story of Typesense Cloud, and why they have resisted Venture Capital.

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  • Jason Bosco – Twitter, GitHub, LinkedIn, Website
  • Adam Stacoviak – Twitter, GitHub, LinkedIn, Website
  • Jerod Santo – Twitter, GitHub

Notes and Links

  • Typesense on the iconic Nasdaq billboard in Times Square
  • typesense/typesense
  • Typesense Cloud pricing
  • Typesense on HN
  • Why Upgrade to GPLv3
  • Airbyte

Something missing or broken? PRs welcome!


 2022-09-09  1h20m