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Awesome first day experience.

After two fantastic years in Munich with SinnerSchrader, I’m back in San Francisco and started my shiny new job at Buoyant as VP Engineering.

My time abroad provided some much needed space and insight, as well as the realization that I wasn’t quite done with this whole crazy startup thing. But more specifically, that the most satisfying career moments I’ve had were working with open source and leading technical teams.

Buoyant is a small but mighty team working hard to craft the story of tooling, reliability and security for the “service mesh” — the fancy way of referring to the mess of micro services running on your production hypervisors. The core technology is called Linkerd, originally built at Twitter in Scala and now enjoys extensive and accelerating industry adoption (Salesforce, FOX, Expedia, etc). Not to mention the newly minted Linkerd 2 (formerly Conduit), which is a Go and Rust re-write designed to simplify setup and configuration with the “out of the box” Kubernetes integration. The vision is big, and fits into the reality that the way we build and operate software is going through a major transition — but I won’t get into the details here. …

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Our favorite breakfast spot, around the corner in Schwabing.

The last blog post I wrote before life got busy in Munich was about our moving process. But instead of following it up by more blogging, we focused on being in the moment. But now that we’re back — here’s the scoop on what I can remember!

After arriving, we focused on getting our bearings — simple stuff, like where to buy shampoo, get a key replicated, or how to get new contact lenses. …

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Your identity and stuff

Compared to the United States, if you are an educated working professional — it is pretty easy to get a VISA that allows your to work in Germany (especially if you are in technology or science, see the blue card). I’m told that even if you want to go for a year and learn the language, it’s pretty easy to do that too. However, not everything about the rest of the “getting established” process is trivial.

First off, when you arrive in Germany, you need to both apply for residency in the area you will be living as well as separately apply for your VISA and healthcare (you have 90 days). The expiration of your passport, will determine when you need to re-apply, even if thats shortly after arrival — so in order to avoid repeating paperwork, renew your passport before you go. If you forget, and can prove that you are flying within 2 weeks or need a work VISA within 4, you can go to the city/state passport offices to expedite the process (example for SF). …



Technologist, adventurer, I like a nice glass of scotch.

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