Founder & CEO
Jiten has over 25 years of experience as a software engineer and manager. He was one of the first engineers to transfer from Google to YouTube. He carried a pager for YouTube, and built stability and automation around MySQL. He has also worked at the United States Digital Service and Dropbox. Jiten enjoys reading and hiking in his spare time.
Founder & CTO
Sugu is the co-creator of Vitess, and has been working on it since 2010. Prior to Vitess, Sugu worked on scalability at YouTube and was also part of PayPal in the early days. His recent interest is in distributed systems and consensus algorithms. He occasionally shares his thoughts on his blog.
Minister Plenipotentiary of Engineering
Dan is widely known for his outstanding BBQ and pie. He is also the creator of the multi-award winning smoked chili and grandmaster emeritus of the most prestigious chili competition on the east coast of the US. Dan is an accomplished gardener with a thorough understanding of fruit trees. His specialty is apple trees, however with his relocation to Silicon Valley, citrus trees are now his passion. Bike riding is a favorite pastime of Dan's and he has a goal to ride to Alice's up Rt 9. Dan served as a technologist in two presidential administrations, helped with technology modernization for both large and small companies, wrote software to control aircraft carriers, and has been an early stage engineer at a startup. He is intimately familiar with the internals of the linux kernel and the MySQL codebase, but is still looking for the first patch to submit upstream.
Lucy joins the product team at PlanetScale where she shares her enthusiasm for capturing customer needs and translating them into easy-to-use products. When she’s not thinking about product management, she writes poetry (find her on Twitter), plans international adventures, and tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible. She enjoys cooking vegetarian food from the surprise vegetables in her CSA, drinking too much coffee, riding her bike, and when she can’t be outside, she spends her time reading—ask her about her favorite books.
Fun Boss and Calendar Sorceress
Lori has been an early employee at companies such as CATS Software, Yelp, and Slide, which was acquired by Google. Lori then spent over seven years at YouTube and Google, working with the Video infrastructure, Infrastructure and Site Reliability Teams. Lori actively trains for marathons/triathlons, and loves spending time with her pets Rocco (a retired racer greyhound), and Coco and Sawyer, her two rescued cats. When not training or watching the Bachelor, she is reading about her favorite artists or planning to see them live.
Deepthi is a Software Engineer at PlanetScale, where she focuses on open source Vitess development. In the past, she has built horizontally scalable supply chain solutions, and scalable mobile device management software. She is presently enjoying her first foray into the Silicon Valley startup world. She lives in Reno, Nevada and enjoys hiking the trails around Reno in her spare time.
Software Engineer and Brew Architect
Abhi is a confused economist who enjoys writing backend code for various parts of PlanetScale's Vitess management software. Previously working for Lockheed Martin and the Department of Economics at UCSB, he holds theoretical and applied experience in data science, machine learning, and academic research. In his spare time he is a DJ, podcast host, and competitive Super Smash Bros. player. He particularly enjoys barrel-aged beer, good pour-overs, and unnecessarily spicy food. He is a staunch advocate of proper semicolon usage, Oxford commas and overused grammar jokes.
Vitalii is a seasoned backend engineer with a passion for managing people. Along the path of his varied experience in developing products, tools, and frameworks, he has learned to enjoy relaxed and targeted coding. He is a fan of optimizing everything in both his technical and personal lives. For example, he particularly enjoys optimizing his driving by predicting others' maneuvers and practicing effortlessly smooth movements. Vitalii used to be reckless with his interests in extreme sports before he got married, but now he's a calm dad who likes to bike/roller skate/walk/play with the family.
Toliver likes eating spring rolls with seven types of beef. Previously, he was at Google working on Google Maps. The next time you curse the subtitles in a YouTube video, you can thank him for that, too.
Anthony joined the Vitess team in 2014 and quickly made it his mission to help Vitess "escape" from YouTube by supporting external users and contributors with docs, scripts, tutorials, blog posts, a release process, and features that eliminated dependencies on Google-internal infrastructure. He also maintained the Vitess control plane components, going on call and working with YouTube SREs to improve operability, reliability, and scalability.
In 2016, he transferred to the Kubernetes team at Google, where he helped develop core features and extensions to better support deployment and automation of distributed, stateful workloads. He helped Vitess clear the CNCF due diligence process by showcasing its cloud-native nature and Kubernetes integration through live demos, and became a founding member of the Vitess Project Management Committee. In addition, Anthony is widely credited as the person who finally settled the great "kubectl" pronunciation debate once and for all.
Site Reliability Engineer
Shaun is supporting/building the PlanetScale Infrastructure. He's passionate about open source and making software that's usable/comprehensible by everyone, not just companies that can afford to hire small armies of software engineers.
Customer Success Engineer
Chris focuses on delivery of PlanetScale's offerings to new customers, and their continued success.
He is an experienced software developer and tech leader, and is thrilled to return to his hands-on software engineering roots with PlanetScale and Vitess technology. Much of his career has been with startups and early stage companies, helping them get to the next level, and beyond.
He began his journey with relational databases and SQL on UNIX in the mid-1980's with pioneer Informix Software. He later joined NeXT Computer led by Steve Jobs, and contributed to an amazing early tech culture. The internet/web explosion propelled him into digital rights management (InterTrust), massive content streaming infrastructure (iBeam), and finally ebrary, the ebook market leader for academic publishing (acquired by giant ProQuest).
Chris is a lifelong surfer, regularly in the lineup at Santa Cruz and Ocean Beach, SF. He looks forward to getting his granddaughters out there with him. He will happily discuss either topic!
Envoy Extraordinary of Customers
Originally from NJ, Gary recently moved to the bay area after spending a year in Seattle. Prior to joining PlanetScale, he worked at tech startup based in Delaware on the Platform Engineering team before transitioning to Professional Services. After working on-site at multiple Fortune 500 companies, he decided it was time to head back to a true startup. Gary is passionate about cars, coding and computers, and golf, not necessarily in any order.
Elite E-Web Engineer
Bill (usually called Gordon) focuses on front-end development at PlanetScale and works at home out of Delaware. He previously worked for a mid-size company leading a team to building a robustly featured custom reporting framework. He enjoys video games, traveling the world, his cats, and cooking. After getting a sous vide machine a few years back he is always looking for the next thing to sous vide. In addition to his hobbies and work, he will be (trying) to help his fiancé prepare for their wedding in the fall of 2020.
In order for Saif to be allowed to try a new restaurant with the co-worker behind this website, he was required to write a lengthy bio that went beyond four words. This is that bio. Saif started programming when he was 7 years old because of a badly planned prank by his older brother, who taught him C++ as a joke. Saif actually fell in love with programming and now does that for a living. During his undergrad years he worked on Bioinformatics and found his love for research. Previously, he worked at a research center where he co-authored five papers that were accepted to various top conferences, lived in cold Minnesota for graduate school, worked on writing spatial algorithms in southern California, and finally landed in the Bay Area with PlanetScale. Now, he will get to find out if that restaurant is any good.
Before becoming a software engineer, Roni worked in the accounting field as a CPA. Through automating her work as an accountant she realized she enjoyed software development and made the career switch happen. She enjoys eating, cooking, and trying out different diets. In addition to her passion for food, she enjoys outdoor adventures and working on coding side-projects.
Site Reliability Engineer
John is a seasoned SRE by the infrastructures of Dropbox, Disqus, and Mahalo, wielding a resourceful propensity to destroy toil with fire. He has a fondness for a good puzzle, be it digital or physical. You can often find John glued to his screen trying to eke out that last bit of performance, solving that 1 last problem, or closing up loose ends on a good mystery.
Raunaq focuses on all things design and front-end. Earlier he has designed for startups dealing with virtual networking, payment gateways and IBM Watson.
Director Customer Success
Jacques joins us from Google Cloud Professional Services, where he was the Global Lead for Infrastructure. Prior to that, he ran operations at Clover Point-of-Sale and TripIt, and also wrote the email parsing infrastructure at TripIt. In the earlier days of the Internet, Jacques worked at Sun, Loudcloud and Opsware. You can always find Jacques in the office by following the sound of his Model M keyboard, one of his collection of vintage keyboards and computers, which he enjoys restoring in his free time.
Peter is a living legend of sorts. He descends from a borough in Estonia called Peetri, the supposed origin of all Peters. He has 52 drinks named after him in 45 establishments. He owns a few islands near Mauritius. He sailed around the world with Elon Musk and Levar Burton. He spent an inordinate amount of time terraforming various parts of the world, specifically in Malawi and Liberia. Despite his extensive knowledge quelling geopolitical uprisings and mapping unknown parts of the world, he couldn't stave off the allure of the Silicon Valley. With his background on various planetary issues, he fit in well with the team at PlanetScale. You can find him in his free time (and happy hour) excessively sharing new stories about his worldly romps.
Sr. Principal Designer
Shaun is primarily focused on defining and building the PlanetScale brand. While he's had the privilege of scaling with companies to the global level, he particularly enjoys tackling the challenges found in early stage startups. You'll find him spinning up design work for digital and print, producing live action or animating 2D video stories, and doing anything else that touches user experience. Shaun's aim is to craft clear stories that translate complex concepts through visuals and messaging for every audience. When he's not wrestling pixels or nerding out over typefaces he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, playing guitar, enjoying all the Bay Area has to offer, and dabbling in cryptocurrency investing.
Liz van Dijk
Sass as a Service
Some errant light fixtures ever so slightly illuminated the forlorn streets of Marrakesh... the atmosphere of every western spy movie ever. Sensitive Information was abound in the streets; someone needed to intercept, relay, and secure it. This is where Liz earned her keep. Working as a spy for multiple world organizations, she managed to infiltrate nearly every single intelligence agency within a matter of weeks. Through her exploits, she holds many unique titles, one of which is being the only individual to teach Gordon Ramsey a better way to filet hand-caught Alaskan salmon. Her trademarked attitude and no-nonsense demeanor have carried her to great heights, and now finally PlanetScale. While negotiating the complex social structure of European trade, she picked up a natural tact at solving problems for a myriad of different situations. In totality, she brings her trademarked attitude, drive, and sharp wit to the already stacked roster of PlanetScale employees.
Morgan is based out of Alberta, Canada and works remotely from a home office. He has 15 years of experience with MySQL, and was previously the product manager for the MySQL Server at Oracle. At PlanetScale, he can be found working on documentation and making those small-but-useful contributions to Vitess to improve MySQL compatibility or ease of use.
Cat Herder Extraordinaire
Carol manages community marketing and events of all kind. She has previously herded cats at places such as MongoDB and Columbia University. In a past life, Carol did research on cross-cultural neuropsychology and placed dripping EEG nets on unsuspecting undergraduates. These days, she sticks to spilling bathwater on her unsuspecting foster cats. Carol avidly completes crossword puzzles every day and spends her free time singing, reading, and marveling at the humanity on display in New York City.
Raised on the mean streets of Toyoko. Emi learned early on how to fight for what she wanted. A natural leader she gravitated at first towards a career in culinary hospitality, and helped lead a number of establishments through the hyper-competitive culinary scene of San Francisco. Always looking for a new challenge she pivoted towards Engineering. Using the discipline she honed with her lifelong passion of Muay Thai, she dove into the software engineering world with abandon. Emi makes an amazing Salsa, and she dances an amazing salsa. Her life ambitions include visiting Spain, climbing the Matterhorn, and owning all the shoes.
Head Barbeque Chef
MC spends most of his days cycling, smoking meat, and doing home renovations. On the rare occasion he takes a break from those activities, he does some back-end software engineering for Planetscale from his home office in Delaware. Although he doesn't like to admit it, he is originally from New Jersey, having gotten out at the earliest opportunity - when he was nine.