Giant Swarm’s mission is to provide the power and freedom to build the cloud-native applications that run our world

Giant Swarm’s managed microservices infrastructure enables enterprises to run agile, resilient, distributed systems at scale, while removing the tasks related to managing the complex underlying infrastructure.

The Giant Swarm Founding Story

Giant Swarm team members playing guitar and singing in office


Giant Swarm is our third venture and the idea for it is deeply rooted in our previous venture. At our last company, we grew quickly. After an initial rush of feature implementations, we were faced with a monolithic app that did not scale well.

This reality led us to examine the different requirements within our stack. Our conclusion was that it made more sense to choose the right tool for each job. Rather than the current situation in which the technology of the monolith crippled our agility. By isolating problems into small services we were able to scale in many dimensions. Teams weren’t blocking each other. Services could be scaled independently, and we iterated faster. The downside was that up to 30% of our development resources were blocked by infrastructure tasks. Maintaining the infrastructure running so many technologies was simply too distracting and expensive. In 2013, after selling and later leaving the company we started to work on a next-generation highly automated microservices platform. Wherever we demoed it, people wanted to have access to use it too or join the team to work with us on this new infrastructure. Thus the microservices management platform became our next idea - Giant Swarm.

Founded
April 2014
Public Cloud Alpha
December 2014
Private Cloud Production
September 2015
On-Premises PoC with S&P 500 client
November 2015
Kubernetes in Alpha
August 2016
Kubernetes in Production
December 2016
Managed Kubernetes on AWS
June 2017

Meet the Team

Team Batman

Team Celestial

Team Firecracker

Team Ludacris

Team Magic

Team Halo

Team Rainmakers

Team People Ops

Founders

Fernando Ripoll

Solution Engineer

Volodymyr Stoiko

Site Reliability Engineer

Jihyuk Bok

Platform Engineer

Ross Fairbanks

Platform Engineer

Oliver Nicolaas Ponder

Front End Engineer

Puja Abbassi

Developer Advocate

Łukasz Piątkowski

Kubernetes Platform Architect

Chiara Cokieng

Product Owner

Tuomas Mäkinen

Platform Engineer

Christian Bianchi

Site Reliability Engineer

Marta Woźniak

Product Owner

Tobiasz Kukawka

Solution Engineer

Jose Armesto

Platform Engineer

Adrian Barsan

Frontend Engineer

Nikola Prokopić

Platform Engineer

Václav Rozsypalek

Site Reliability Engineer

Tim Schindler

Platform Engineer

Oriol Grau

Front End Engineer

Jessica Criddle

Product Owner

Cornelius Keller

Kubernetes Platform Architect

Marian Steinbach

User Experience Designer

Pau Roselló Van Schoor

Solution Engineer

Antonia von den Driesch

Platform Engineer

Salvatore Mazzarino

Site Reliability Engineer

Marcel Müller

Platform Engineer

Thomas Fussell

Platform Engineer

Zach Stone

Platform Engineer

Jessica Criddle

Product Owner

Marian Steinbach

User Experience Designer

Gerald Pape

Front End Engineer

Julien Garcia Gonzalez

Solution Engineer

Ferran Tomas

Site Reliability Engineer

Paweł Kopiczko

Platform Engineer

Théo Brigitte

Platform Engineer

Joe Salisbury

Platform Architect

Snizhana Dynnyk

Product Owner

Tobias Bradtke

Support Engineer

Simon Weald

Site Reliability Engineer

Stevo Slavić

Platform Engineer

Yasser Saleemi

Solution Engineer

Łukasz Piątkowski

Kubernetes Platform Architect

Chiara Cokieng

Product Owner

Puja Abbassi

Developer Advocate

Oshrat Nir

Product Marketing Manager

Marat Musichin

Designer

James Brosnahan

Sales Manager

Tommy Hobin

Inbound Marketing Manager

Franz Schubert

Account Director

Guido von Klitzing

Chief Sales Officer

Simon Potgieter

Sales Manager

Heather Clancy

Content Writer

Thea Hüttenberger

Operations Manager

Anna Löw

Head of People Ops

Mirco Hellekes

HR Manager

Nicole Schneider

Office Assistant

Larissa Lanz

HR Manager

Henning Lange

Co-Founder and CEO

Timo Derstappen

Co-Founder and CTO

Oliver Thylmann

Co-Founder and CCO

Life at Giant Swarm