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.
I joined because I identify with the mission (below), love the energy of the team (currently 16 people, Series A lead by Benchmark), brilliant leadership and exciting business potential. Great things can happens when you bring critical infrastructure, cloud native, enterprise and open source together with the focus of adding immediate value for the engineers in the engine room. Buoyant is positioned firmly in the middle of the massive market opportunity around democratizing reliability and security in an increasingly complex system infrastructure landscape.
Buoyant’s mission is to create a world where people can trust the technology they rely on, by giving everyone the power to build innovative, reliable, and secure software.
I am excited and optimistic about the future, and look forward to the next round of learnings that come from this new opportunity.
If you are interested in what we are doing, using or contributing to Linkerd, or want to join the team — please reach out. We are committed to building a diverse, world class team both in San Francisco and remote (you must be able to work in the US legally).