Sumbry currently leads Reliability Engineering @ Airbnb. His team is responsible for the overall reliability of the Airbnb Platform: building tools, automation, ensuring product quality, and providing production engineering expertise to all of Airbnb. Sumbry has almost two decades of experience working in the platform, infrastructure, and reliability engineering space but comes from a non-traditional background: having started his career as a software engineer, Sumbry pivoted to network engineering because he wanted to learn more about the core technology that enabled the Internet and other distributed systems.
Sumbry joined several startups as the Internet grew in popularity and quickly learned how to build and scale infrastructure, striving to strike the right balance between perfection and growth. Sumbry eventually started several of his own businesses because he thought he had some good ideas (and also wanted to learn more about problem-solving from a product and customer perspective). Some great (and expensive) lessons were learned here are a big reason why Sumbry is heavily customer focused today even from the infrastructure and reliability side of development. Sumbry is also an Electronic Music DJ and producer in his free time, as getting away from platforms and infrastructure actually helps preserve his sanity.
Tammy Butow is a Principal SRE at Gremlin where she works on Chaos Engineering, the facilitation of controlled experiments to identify systemic weaknesses. Gremlin helps engineers build resilient systems using their control plane and API. Tammy previously led SRE teams at Dropbox responsible for Databases and Storage systems used by over 500 million customers. Prior to this Tammy worked at DigitalOcean and one of Australia’s largest banks in Security Engineering, Product Engineering and Infrastructure Engineering. Tammy is also the co-founder of Girl Geek Academy, on a mission to teach 1 million women technical skills by 2025.
Ted Neward is an industry professional of twenty years' experience. He speaks at conferences all over the world and writes regularly for a variety of publications across the Java, .NET, and other ecosystems. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two sons, three cats, twelve laptops, seven tablets, nine phones, and a rather large utility bill.
Tim is Principal Engineer for SRE at Xero, a cloud-based business software company with over 2 million subscribers. Tim’s years creating and responding to “surprises” in production have fueled a passion for learning from incidents. He is an advocate for the people grappling with complexity in high pressure circumstances.
Tim has spent over 20 years working with technology and infrastructure at scale. He cut his teeth building and supporting large scale network, data and compute systems for the VFX and animation industries. In 2014 he moved to the SaaS world with Xero where he has worked across a number of disciplines as an engineer, team lead, product owner and architect - each adding to his perspective on software systems engineering and operations.
Tom’s first job title was “Experimentalist, which set the tone for the rest of his career. His first tech role was as a lone sysadmin, and many subsequent years of tech ops and leadership roles has made Tom passionate about effective leadership and psychological safety. Tom sincerely believes happiness precedes success - high performing teams are high performing because they’re happy. Outside of work, Tom spends as much time as possible outdoors, and is studying for a Masters Degree in Global Health and Humanitarianism.
Vinessa is a technical product manager at NYT. She love to apply design principles to developer tooling and resilience engineering concepts to her daily life.
You can check out her essays in the upcoming O’Reilly book, 97 Things Every SRE Should Know (https://97things.incidentlabs.io/). When she’s away from her keyboard, you can find her building lego castles with her daughter.
Wendy is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Emerald Talent. Wendy has 15 years of recruiting experience spread across multiple arenas of HR, Talent Acquisition and Program/Process improvement. The ability to work closely with other areas of her organization has resulted in increased company efficiencies, as well as fulfilled business goals. Wendy’s extensive background in all aspects of HR and recruiting, as well as her experience managing customers and project implementations, provides her with a unique ability to appropriately represent her company, its people and its products to the end customer.
Yuri Grinshteyn is a Customer Engineering Specialist at Google Cloud, where he works with customers to help them design reliable architectures and advocates for SRE practices and principles.