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Building the world's fastest checkout with Vercel - Guillermo Rauch (Vercel CEO)

JR Farr



JR Farr


February 15, 2024


Lemon Drops

Today we’re joined by Guillermo Rauch, CEO of Vercel. A cloud platform that has built pioneering technology, including the Next.js framework for React. Their most recent funding round was a $150m Series D at a whopping $2.5b valuation back in 2021, to give you a sense of the size of the company.

This is an exciting episode, as it comes shortly after Guillermo announced that Vercel are partnering with Lemon Squeezy to build the world’s fastest checkout. So naturally, we had to get him on the podcast to discuss how exactly we’re going to achieve this.


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:11 Partnering with Lemon Squeezy to build the world's fastest checkout
  • 11:09 Being inspired by Wordpress' open source approach
  • 15:11 Coming up with the idea for Next.js
  • 21:07 Are there any disadvantages to the open source model?
  • 25:04 Vercel's founding story
  • 28:58 Pivotal moments in Vercel's growth
  • 33:03 Anti Next.js sentiment
  • 36:45 What G is excited about in the future for Vercel

As always thanks for being a listener of the Make Lemonade show. Hosted by @jrfarr & @jmckinven— brought to you by

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