About me

Hi, my name is Charity, and I am professionally caremad about computers.

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I am an operations and database engineer and sometimes engineering manager.  Right now I am the CEO and cofounder of Honeycomb, where we build observability for distributed systems.  (“Monitoring” doesn’t have to be a dirty word; give us a try.)

Until recently I was a production engineering manager at Facebook.  I spent 3.5 years working on Parse (both pre and post-acquisition by FB).  I also spent several years at Linden Lab, working on the infrastructure and databases that power Second Life.  I am the co-author of “Database Reliability Engineering” by O’Reilly.

I was a classical piano performance major in college, but dropped out because it turns out I prefer not being dirt poor.  I have been building systems and engineering teams ever since.

I love startups, chaos and hard scaling problems, and somehow I always end up in charge of the databases.

26 thoughts on “About me

  1. Brian Akey says:

    Why do people think that dev and ops goes together. Programmers are artist and System Admins are mechanics. Left brain, right brain. If you are good at one you are not good at the other.

  2. Pallika Kanani says:

    Your engineering management piece is BRILLIANT!! I just started my year three, completely determined that it’s time to swing back. It was so reassuring to know that the mad feelings of inadequacy of the last two years were normal, and that swinging back is the right thing to do. You are a GENIUS!

      1. Janet Springer says:

        Hi Charity,
        I am a Research Assist for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. I have been tasked with finding data related Engineering Leadership. I have worked on stats with pre and post writing skills of engineers and now developing a certificate curriculum. I am reaching out about your piece on Engineering Leadership. Do you have any data that supports your statement about the demand? I love your humor and writings! Also intellectually entertaining! Thank you.

  3. Anonym is Goog says:

    Please add an e-mail subscription button to your blog. I enjoy your content and I don’t want to miss updates.

  4. Hello!

    I watched the talk you gave this past November for the Ops Show on Observability Driven development. Wonderful discussion. Any chance you would be willing to do another discussion?

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