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.


Matty Stratton

Matty Stratton

Matty Stratton is a HumanOps Advocate at PagerDuty, where he helps dev and ops teams advance the practice of their craft and become more operationally mature. He collaborates with PagerDuty customers and industry thought leaders in the broader DevOps community, and back when he drove, his license plate actually said “DevOps”.

Matty has over 20 years experience in IT operations, ranging from large financial institutions such as JPMorganChase and internet firms, including Apartments.com. He is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and ITSM focused events, including ChefConf, DevOpsDays, Interop, PINK, and others worldwide. Matty is the founder and co-host of the popular Arrested DevOps podcast, as well as a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

He lives in San Francisco and has three awesome kids - Henry, Joey, and Sophia, who he loves just a little bit more than he loves Doctor Who. He is currently on a mission to discover the best pho in the world.

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Partner Solution Architect focusing on Microsoft at Chef Software, working with Microsoft to ensure that Chef is delighting customers and prospects on Windows and the many parts inside Azure!

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 Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if “cloud” can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, she traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the devopsdays organization globally and the devops community at home in Minneapolis. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at http://bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.