Michael Schaefermeyer

Successfully taught Elixir to juniors and built start-ups in it

Michael started using Elixir in 2014 at his job at Bleacher Report, where he introduced first proof of concepts in Elixir, some of which developed into crucial services still in use today. He went on to co-found Inverse.com, where he wrote the vast majority of backends services in Elixir. He wrote a few hex packages, including CORSPlug and Boltex, a driver for the binary protocol that Neo4j. After Inverse Michael joined the company builder lab25 in Münster, where he acted as interims-CTO for startups written in Elixir.

Past Activities

Michael Schaefermeyer
Code BEAM STO 2019
16 May 2019
13.50 - 14.35

Buildings startups with Elixir

Startups face unique opportunities and challenges often different from established businesses. One opportunity is the liberty to choose the tech stack one deems most fitting (or likes best). Yet a wrong decision will cause major headaches in the future.

This talk will shed light on how Elixir helps to build reliable products in a short amount of time. It will also discuss what drawbacks it has compared to other languages.


Sharing insights on when Elixir might be a good choice when starting a completely new company and what challenges to expect.


Engineering managers and engineers that are interested in strategic decision making.