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I actually don't mind the callback pyramid so much for what it gives you.

One of the answers to "why node" question might be because it's all about Javascript. It's on the client, on the server, in the api, talking to the database...everywhere javascript. So node is a great choice for that. And it's very fast. I see luvit.io claims a 2 to 4 times faster than node performance, but it breaks the convenience of one language everywhere.

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