Podcast Me Maybe With Kyle Kingsbury

Posted on Saturday, Aug 15, 2015
Matt, Trevor, and Bridget chat with Kyle Kingsbury (Stripe) about his research on failure in distributed systems.

Show Notes

Matt, Trevor, and Bridget catch up with Kyle Kingsbury about his research on failure in distributed systems, lighting rigs controlled by code, consent and representation, and more.

Call Me Maybe: an exploration of failure in distributed systems using the Jepsen tool.

Monitorama 2015 talk on Riemann

Bridget announces that she’s joined Pivotal; Matt claims this is to diversify the podcast so it’s no longer Chef employee, Chef partner, Chef customer.

Community & Events

Lots of open CFPS on devopsdays.org

Chef Community Summit is Oct 14 and 15 in Seattle. Matt & Trevor will be there.

Matt & Trevor: at DevOpsDays Chicago August 25 & 26!

Bridget: at VMWorld the first week in September.

Check Outs




  • Alphabet Announcement. Google pointing themselves towards the evil Silicon Valley “Hooli” company.
  • Dragonball Z Resurrection F
  • Herkimer NY, and herkimer diamonds


  • Amazon Echo
  • Helicarrier LEGO set


Kyle Kingsbury

Kyle Kingsbury

Kyle Kingsbury, a.k.a “Aphyr”, is a computer safety researcher working as an independent consultant. He’s the author of the Riemann monitoring system, the Clojure from the Ground Up introduction to programming, and the Jepsen series on distributed systems correctness. He grills databases in the American Midwest.


Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton (he/him)

Matty Stratton is the Director of Developer Relations at Aiven, a well-known member of the DevOps community, and a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

Matty has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke.

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Senior Product Manager at Progress Software working on Chef Software. He currently works on the Chef Application Delivery, Compliance and Infrastructure offerings.

Coming from a background in .NET Software Development and consulting, he has worked with several large multinational organizations to help kick start their journey to the cloud and the world of DevOps practices and principals. He is excited to engage in new experiences, and learning opportunities.

Trevor enjoys having hearty discussions about DevOps as well organizational change and transformation.

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft Azure, focusing on the open source cloud native ecosystem. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After years on call for production (from enterprise to research to startups) and a couple of customer-facing adventures, she now herds cats and wrangles docs on the product side of engineering. In the wider tech community, she has done much conference speaking and organizing, and advises the global devopsdays organization after leading it for over five years. Living in Minneapolis, she enjoys snowshoeing in the winter and bicycling in the summer (with winter cycling as a stretch goal).