1.37 - Building Better Authentication with Clerk



Alex Patterson


Last Updated: 10/1/2021

Braden Sidoti




Co-founder and CTO of Clerk.



  1. Why did you start building Clerk?
    1. I noticed your other co-founder is also Sidoti, any relation?
  2. Clerk just raised 4M in the seed round to build the next-gen authentication and user management platform for developers.
    1. Does it feel like this allows you to stay more focused on the product?
  3. Does Clerk compete with Firebase and Auth0 for user authentication or can you use it in conjunction?
    1. https://docs.clerk.dev/frontend/integrations/firebase
    2. https://docs.clerk.dev/frontend/integrations/hasura
  4. Does Clerk do Authorization and Authentication?
    1. What does Clerk do differently with User Management?
  5. Support for frameworks other than React? (Node SDK / Serverless)

Additional Links

Purrfect Picks

These are fun picks of the week. Maybe something you bought online, a great show you are currently watching, or that last book that you thought was amazing.

Braden Picks

Dr. Death - https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-tv/dr-death?cid=2107originalsdrdepkpdsearch4656

Brittney Postma

Astro - https://astro.build/

Cassidy Williams' Talk on Astro - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWff3CyR83U

Alex Patterson

Firebase JS v9 - https://firebase.googleblog.com/2021/08/the-new-firebase-js-sdk-now-ga.html

Marvel's What If - https://disneyplusoriginals.disney.com/show/what-if#:~:text="What If…%3F" flips,stars who reprise their roles.