I am a cofounder and the CEO of Cockroach Labs, where I maintain a delicate balance between my love for programming distributed systems and the excitement of helping the company grow smoothly. I cut my teeth on databases during the dot com heyday, and had a front row seat at Google for a decade’s worth of their evolution. The best part of leaving work is stepping out into the brilliant and always exciting social life of Manhattan.
I am a cofounder of Cockroach Labs where I work on a bit of everything, from low level optimization of code to refining the overall design. I was thrust into file systems early in my career at Inktomi and then learned the true meaning of scalability while working on Gmail and Colossus at Google. Before stepping into the office in the morning I will have nursed my CrossFit addiction and dealt with the chaos of a three kid morning routine. You can set your watch by my daily departure at 5:30 pm to have dinner with my family.
I am a cofounder of Cockroach Labs where I work on the distributed consensus protocols that underpin our transactional model. I started my career at Google and then went on to a series of startups where I saw firsthand the need for better scalable storage systems. When I’m not working I like to travel the globe in search of food and adventure.
I've always wanted to work on issues concerning databases at scale - and Cockroach Labs is a great place for just that. Horizontal scaling and distributed systems were common themes at my past internships at Amazon and PagerDuty. I'm a third-year student at UWaterloo; when I'm not studying or working, I'm probably biking around the city, playing board games, or checking out cafes.
I joined Cockroach Labs because I want to work on really challenging database infrastructure problems. When I'm not at work, I like to surf in the Rockaways, bake apple turnovers, and embroider pillowcases with 8-bit monograms.
By joining Cockroach Labs, I’m combining my interest in massively-scalable systems with the fun of working with an excellent team. I expect my time as a developer and SRE on Google’s distributed storage will help make CockroachDB fast, reliable, and easy to use and maintain. On my off time, I fly New York’s blue skies, or if grey, enjoy a whiskey and a good book.
I joined Cockroach Labs because I believe in what we are building, and I was eager to be part of this great team. Previously I worked on distributed storage at VMware. In my free time I like to explore the amazing New England nature or ride my bike (which sometimes means motorcycle, other times bicycle).
As an engineer at Cockroach Labs, my career has come full-circle. At YouTube, PayPal, and Dropbox, I repeatedly ran into challenges with scaling traditional databases that required massive effort to overcome. Now, I’m striving to eliminate many of those database scaling challenges through CockroachDB. Outside of work, I enjoy photography, cooking, eating at new restaurants, and trying to keep up with my frenetic family.
I joined Cockroach Labs to work on a product that effortlessly provides both correctness and scalability. Before Cockroach Labs, I worked on application infrastructure at Square, where I learned first hand the deficiencies in existing database systems. I’m still getting settled in New York, so the fun activities will be listed here soon!
I joined Cockroach Labs to spread the word about a database that will be changing the game for tech companies around the world. I am obsessed with crafting technical stories and have led similar marketing efforts at AppNexus and MediaMath. When I’m not at work, I run along the East River, relish a good adventure novel, and catch live music wherever I can find it.
As the Head of People Operations, I focus on attracting, developing, and retaining the best possible talent for Cockroach Labs. I was first exposed to the world of startups at Google Ventures, placing engineering and product management executives at 150+ portfolio companies. Most recently, I served on the management team at Yext as the VP of People Operations, where I was responsible for growing the company from 168 to over 440 employees across the United States, the Netherlands, and the UK. When I am not at work, you can find me exploring the culinary delights of New York and attempting to recreate them at home.
I am an engineer at Cockroach Labs making sure we build the best database for large scale machine learning tasks. Before my metamorphosis into a cucaracha, I was at Square adding support for large sellers and before that, at Microsoft’s Bing, creating systems to improve search relevance. When I’m not at work, I enjoy a nice scotch, a good board game and playing guitar (poorly).
At Google, I had the luxury of infrastructure that scales effortlessly; then at Foursquare, I saw how much time is wasted when it doesn't. I joined Cockroach Labs to help bring that benefit to everyone. When my laptop's closed, you can find me reading trashy sci-fi/fantasy, running through the snow into a hot tub, or taking long walks in the city.
I joined Cockroach Labs because I wanted to work on building something that makes it easier for others to build things, too. At Cockroach Labs, I focus on getting to know our users so that we can meet their needs and support them in their endeavors. When I'm not working, I like to explore NYC, read a good book, or go to a concert depending on the weather.
I joined Cockroach Labs to work on an ambitious project with a team that could pull it off. Before joining Cockroach Labs, I co-oped at Khan Academy, Jane Street, and Stripe while studying computer science at the University of Waterloo. When I'm not at work I like playing video games, listening to podcasts, and doing pixel art.
I joined Cockroach Labs because they are working toward a significant advancement in databases with a team that has the background to do it correctly. Previously I was at Stack Overflow. On the side I work on a cross-platform music player and play the organ.
I joined Cockroach Labs because I wanted to join a growing startup. After college, I sent myself to a coding bootcamp, after which I knew that I wanted to join a marketing team for a highly technical product - hence, Cockroach Labs. In my free time, I do henna, volunteer, and write fiction.
I joined Cockroach Labs to help build a talented team and create an operations infrastructure to support us as we become the Next Big Project. At Cockroach Labs I wear many hats. Whether it is managing the books, reaching out to potential job candidates, or researching the best place for the weekly team dinner, I do it all. I come to Cockroach Labs after five years at Fog Creek Software (makers of FogBugz – apparently I can’t escape bugs). I love traveling, seeing Broadway Shows and dance performances, and relaxing in Prospect Park with a good book.
I joined Cockroach Labs to watch innovative technology be built before my eyes. In the office, I keep things running smoothly for everyone. Outside the office, I enjoy trying new restaurants and enjoying everything that makes NYC the best city in the world.
I joined Cockroach Labs to work on the best new database on the block with the people who know how to make it great. Before joining Cockroach Labs I was improving education at Knewton, where I worked on providing real-time content recommendations for students at scale. Outside of work I enjoy rock climbing at the gym and outdoors, singing, and playing board games.
As one of CockroachDB’s writers, I aim to make sure you can easily use and understand our (groundbreaking) products. Before moving to NYC, I spent my life on the other side of the country documenting SMB apps and OSS. Outside of the office, you can find me in museums, theaters, and unmarked DIY venues in Brooklyn.
As the Design Lead, I know the least about databases at Cockroach Labs. When I'm not slaying interfaces or pontificating on experience design, you can find me hiking in national parks and looking for adventures around the world. Previously, I led design at Grand St. before joining Etsy, where I worked on tools to empower sellers to scale their business.
I joined Cockroach Labs to work on what databases should be. I am fresh out of college where I was mostly interested in operating and distributed systems. During those four years, I worked on developing iOS/Android apps at Education First and eventually consistent storage at Google, as well as on a music web app called TempoTrader with a few friends. In my free time I like to play the guitar, sing, cook, hang out with friends, and find new and interesting things to do.
I’ve joined Cockroach Labs to work on one of the fundamental open-source systems of tomorrow. Before, I worked on infrastructure at Google and Dropbox. On the weekends, I ride my bike, watch Seinfeld, and explore the five boroughs.
I joined the CockroachDB team because I felt there was a need for a new database platform. While at Google I had the good fortune to work on Cloud infrastructure as a manager helping people find their way. I love literature and am always eager to catch the next jazz concert.
As a software engineer at Cockroach Labs, I am focused on development of the lower level internals of CockroachDB. I joined Cockroach Labs after completing my PhD on distributed systems and differential privacy. I'm new to New York City and spend all my free time reading economics and finance blogs or listening to economics and finance podcasts while wandering Central Park with my dog Ernie.
I joined Cockroach Labs because I want to do good in the world, and because I believe this team will deliver the best technical foundation for our kids’ digital futures. Previously I worked on new operating systems, compilers, and computer architectures, financed as fundamental research by the European Union. When I’m not busy Making Data Easy, you can find me teaching at the university, riding a bike with an umbrella in one hand, reinventing the world for fun, or enjoying the woosh of fresh snow under a snowboard.
I joined Cockroach Labs to build the database that will make all my future jobs easier. Previously I cut my teeth on open source development as an early engineer on the Kubernetes project at Google, where I also worked on Container Engine and other cloud infrastructure. When not working, I enjoy blowing off some steam on a rock climbing wall or ultimate field.
As an engineer at Cockroach Labs I live the mathematician turned engineer’s dream: hard problems, tangible outcome. Freelancing with companies big and small after my Ph.D. and subsequent escape from the ivory tower, I experienced firsthand the issues you have if you don’t get your database right. After work I run and hone my rock climbing skills so I can tackle the big walls.
The CockroachDB mission is to make data easy. As the CockroachDB documentarian, I write the docs counterpart to that mission: Make learning CockroachDB easy and intuitive. Previously, I spent four years at AppNexus building and leading a team of writers through fast growth and a broad range of docs scenarios, from integrations to business use. In off hours, I’m probably make-believing with my kids, reading literature, or writing my own.
I joined Cockroach Labs to see firsthand what it would be like to flesh out the latest in database/distributed systems research. It was during my internship on Shopify's production engineering team that I came across this problem domain and have been fascinated since. When not chipping away at our distributed SQL engine, I’m biking around the city, eating out, or growing my collection of books and music CDs.
As a former engineer, I’ve seen how the challenges of working with data in unreliable, distributed environments often derailed my projects; I joined Cockroach Labs to help companies avoid that pain once and for all. As Head of Product, I’m responsible for managing the roadmap and ensuring our go-to-market activities result in customer success. When I’m not at work I can be found grabbing drinks with friends in one of Manhattan’s many speakeasies or at Chelsea Piers learning to play golf.
I joined Cockroach Labs to work on the database I’ve always wanted: something both easy to use and easy to scale. Previously I worked on infrastructure and tools at Foursquare for four years and experienced first-hand some of the pains of working with existing tools. Outside of work, I spend my time playing board games, brewing beer, and cooking.
I joined Cockroach Labs in order to continue working with the finest crew I’ve ever been a part of, including at two startups before this. I’ve been working on massively scalable distributed systems even longer, dating back to SQL Azure in 2008, and I’m thrilled to get the chance to work on a truly foundational system like CockroachDB. On the weekends, I’m usually at a random low-key event in lower Manhattan with friends; occasionally Brooklyn.
I joined Cockroach Labs to help change the way developers think about storing and interacting with their data. Previously, I worked on performance tools at Google, and before then, worked on creating Android applications at a couple of cool startups. When I’m out of the office, I can usually be found exploring my new Manhattan neighborhood or hauling my ski gear up to Vermont to hit the slopes.
I am the lowest paid member of the Cockroach Labs team, unless you count the endless stream of treats I cadge from my easily manipulated colleagues. When I’m not sleeping, I’m patrolling the office looking for affection to then visibly avoid. I enjoy snoring, red bandanas, and NYC’s many interesting and exotic smells.