Scott and a number of LinkedIn’s top engineers reached their breaking point with the company’s infrastructure in November 2011. This was just a few months after the company’s blockbuster IPO, and investors were still obsessing over LinkedIn’s every move. No matter. Scott and his team decided to begin Project Inversion, in which they would stop all engineering work on new features and have every able body focus on rebuilding the company’s infrastructure from scratch. Scott had a theory that something better would emerge. Truth be told, he wasn’t sure. “It was a scary thing,” he says.