Our Mission: Help engineering teams deeply explore and understand their own production systems.
The pace of innovation for application developers has accelerated dramatically over the past few years.
So has the composability of infrastructure and the complexity of product demands.
But when it comes to understanding and debugging those systems, we’re still using tools designed for the LAMP stack era.
We can do better—we
must do better.
Honeycomb is built by a small team of engineers, with decades of combined experience spent building some of the internet’s biggest sites. We love opinionated design, just the right amount of cheese, and tools that supercharge your humans and get out of the way.
For surprisingly many years, Ben has found himself building monitoring, alerting, and
observability systems for companies ranging from startuppy (Simply Hired and
Parse) to top-10 (Wikimedia and Facebook). Though unlikely to pass on a good scotch, he’ll reach for the
bourbon or rye first.
Charity has been on call since age 17, a terrifying thought.
She has been every sort of systems engineer & manager at Facebook, Parse, Linden Lab etc,
but somehow always ends up responsible for the databases. She likes free software,
free speech and peaty single-malts.
Chris has been working on apps, dev tools, and vm’s for over 20 years (don’t bring up how old this must make him) at companies like Netscape, Xamarin, Sony, and Dropbox.
He loves hanging out with his family, riding his bicycle, and acting the curmudgeon while sipping WhistlePig.
Christine is a generalist whose favorite thing is making something from
nothing. Before Honeycomb, Christine built out Parse Analytics, co-founded a
YC company, and wrote software at other now-defunct startups.
She’s drawn towards the problem of extracting signal from
noise. She is the chief tea aficionado on the team.
School teacher, turned rehab counselor, turned SaaS biz person, Peter has helped build teams and sales processes for the last 7 years. When he isn’t found at his overly organized desk, he’s most likely playing soccer or at a pub pouring his heart out for his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.
With a huge passion for disruptive technology, Nick has spent his entire career helping early stage companies grow. Working with customers to solve their business-driven challenges gets him out of bed each morning. Outside of work, he spends his time trying to create perfect pairings between wine and culinary experiments that take way too long to make.
Now largely reformed after stints studying theoretical math and living as an
itinerant rock climber, Eben is fascinated by tools that help humans better
understand the systems they create. His beverage of choice is coffee.
Aneel is a software engineer turned product manager turned go-to-market geek. After 20 years in operations and analytics type things, he’s here for the Honeycomb family and coffee.
Sal first started adulting as a protein chemist but quickly realized that wasn’t his true calling. Since then he’s spent the last 15 years in tech focused on data, processes, and operations. A hoppy IPA is his current favorite drink of choice.
Sam is a software engineer inexorably pulled towards
operations. After years of watching systems catch fire,
he knows we need better smoke detectors.
Sam co-founded Rapportive and built recommendation
systems at LinkedIn. He enjoys rock climbing and new
Gene has been a Silicon Valley venture capitalist,
a NYC leveraged buyout lawyer,
an international growth exec, startup founder,
Google product manager, and SF property developer.
Guess which one was the absolute worst.
He has diverse beverage interests, though these days it’s barley tea.
Doña Croston has seen the power of a fully armed and operational battle station.
She never has the money with her. If you throw her the idol she WILL throw you the whip.
She is a Mach 1 plus attack helicopter. She has fled the Cylon tyranny.
She is the one the legends spoke of and… she has true grit.
Nathan is a programmer and writer obsessed with software ergonomics, Linux, and
open source. When he’s not busy breaking and fixing software, he enjoys cooking
and singing folksy songs. He won’t say no to a nice espresso either.
Emily has been voted “Frontend Engineer Most Likely to Be Added to the
On-Call Rotation” at more than one San Francisco startup. She is always ready to
nerd out about client-side monitoring & observability, but when she’s not doing
that, you can usually find her hiking the East Bay or drinking a La Croix.
Rachel "pie" Perkins
Forged in the fires of pre-dotcom times, Rachel has 25 years of experience writing about what matters to systems engineers. She is an amateur cheesemaker, avid rpg and boardgamer, and enjoyer of long-haul Amtrak sleeper trains.
Chong Han Chua
Chong Han likes to make things and ponder software, usually with a cup of coffee in hand. He gets excited over terribly long board games, making food and watching cooking shows while slouching on the couch.
Rachel Fong (rfong)
After 16 years entrenched in the code mines, rfong thrill-seeks by building
weird abstractions, like tools to diagnose tools for generating tools.
She keeps her menagerie of hobbies on prioritized sprint rotations to dissuade them from
escaping into her sleep schedule.
Erik has been working in tech sales for the last 5 years, helping out companies like Oracle, HackerRank, Mixpanel, and Sentry deliver value to the customers while improving the overall process.
When not describing himself in the third person, Erik finds himself worried about the company’s obsession with tea and La Croix.
Andy has built high performance systems and fixed hairy bugs at companies like
Cray, VMware, Broadcom, BitTorrent, and Orion Labs. You’ll find him climbing
the walls at Mission Cliffs or hiking the hills of California when he’s not
pursuing his passion for making the perfect carbonated mineral water blend
starting from Hetch Hetchy’s finest tap.
A product focused engineer with an art background, Chris has previously built
software and teams at Docker and Dropbox. He can often be found playing
volleyball, painting, or cooking and will talk at length about Rocket League
aerial mechanics if you let him.
Omar is a software engineer, formerly of the business-law world.
Previously, he scaled legal operations at Stripe. Most of his ‘free-thoughts’
involve travel, cats, food, hiking, and early 90s-00s cartoon theme songs,
usually not all at once. He’s an equal opportunity ‘beveragist’ though he’ll
ask first about the cider and red-wine situations.
Molly is a serial startup junkie who loves building things and solving people’s problems. Eclectic tastes of 5000 piece jigsaw puzzles and wagner operas (love the music not the man). Bright with nice acidity - notes of lemongrass, green apple and a hint of honey.
Alyson van Hardenberg
Alyson is a software engineer with enthusiasm for charts and data visualizations. In her previous work, she has been everything from a registered nurse, to a customs officer, to working with kids with special needs. If you can think of a job, she’s probably done it. She can often be found chasing her two little boys around, in the pottery studio, baking sourdough, or playing board games.
Travis has spent the last 10 years working on the operations side of increasingly complex distributed systems. In previous roles he supported database infrastructure at Facebook and Parse, where he learned to appreciate the value of observability. You can usually find him in Tahoe, going up or down in the mountains in all of the various ways that is possible. He is partial to Belgian beer and Scotch whiskey.
Fleeing at great speed from the destruction of Binary System Y2K-Telecom, Andrea landed her escape pod on the Left Coast. Since then, she has quietly terraformed her adopted home planet using the tools of her trade: first hardware, then software, and now words. When not sitting in front of a terminal prompt, she can be found knitting in departure lounges systemwide.
Alaina is a software engineer who has dabbled across the stack enough to know that CSS is way scarier than Ops. Before making the transition into tech, she was a marine biologist studying pinnipeds and birds. When she’s not coding she volunteers for the SF Latino Film Festival and seeks out art in all forms. She enjoys tiki drinks, crisp lagers, and Arnold Palmers.
Christine Sun (daiyi)
Raised by the ocean, desert, and the internet, daiyi spends summers collecting gnarly tan lines and winters chasing temperate climes with moderate climbs. She likes talking to strangers, projects that bring communities together, and reinterpreting reality in their sketchbooks.
Kelly has been in the arts since she could breathe. A recovering Cinematographer, Kelly is an efficiency freak who prefers actualizing creative and innovative endeavours. Her bicycle is her right leg, and camping pancakes are the best pancakes.