Biking for 1000km

I’ve been riding a bicycle around my home for the past several months, and yesterday the cumulative total distance went past 1000km. That’s about going from San Jose to Portland, or from Tokyo to Hakata, For a guy who never got into the habit of doing any regular exercise, this is a major accomplishment. Back…

Come Hear Me Talk about What We’ve been Cooking

I realized I haven’t really talked about what I’ve been up to since the Launchable launch post back in Jan. Well, that’s because we’ve been heads down busy building. I’m happy to report that we’ve made more progress, and the time has come to talk about this more publicly! On Aug 6th, I’ll be hosting…

Corruption

The US government is spending $2 trillion dollars for a corona virus stimulus, probably more in coming days. They (correctly, IMO) decided to launch the program as soon as possible, instead of spending the usual time to make it iron clad. That means the program is extra ripe for abuse, so to make up for…

Departures

I’ve watched “Departures,” a 2008 Japanese movie that revolves around a young man who accidentally becomes a mortician. He dresses up and put make-ups to the dead, thereby producing a solemn but intimate ceremony that allows loved ones to send off the dead, before more formal funeral begins. What struck me was how smooth and…

Kohsuke + Launchable = Smarter Testing, Faster DevOps

Software development, meet Big Data. That’s why Harpreet and I are starting Launchable. As the creator of Jenkins, I had the unique privilege to go see many software development teams around the world. And a consistent theme has been emerging. Data is making profound impact to all kinds of businesses, where gut and instinct driven…

A new chapter for Kohsuke

2020 is going to be a year of change for me. By the end of January, I’ll be officially stepping back from Jenkins, switching my role at CloudBees to an advisor, and turning attention to my new startup. The rest of this post is to contextualize this transition, because if you haven’t been working closely…

Open Core Summit Event Report

Today I participated in the inaugural Open Core Summit. When I first heard about this event from the organizers, what I heard was that they were trying to put together a small boutique event. Clearly, they had struck a gold mine of untapped demand, because next thing I’ve heard is that the event is two…

Trail of Coincidence

A guest was coming to our office over lunch, so food was ordered for everyone. Except it turned out that due to a miscommunication, mine wasn’t there. No problem, I said. Happy accident. I’ll go out for lunch later. Maybe somebody up there is trying to tell me that I should eat out today. I…

Camping in Livermore

In the Saturday Japanese school my daughter goes to, there are 4-5 families that mine has been particularly close to. With some families relocating and what not, faces have slowly changed over time, but some of us go all the way back to when my daughter was a baby. Over the memorial day weekend, the…

Art of asking questions

A part of my work is a journalistic work. I go out, I grok how & what software people are building, and that knowledge informs what we do next. This is primarily done by asking questions and listening to the answers. So I think a lot about how to ask questions. One of the first…

KubeCon event report (2 of 2)

(This is the continuation from the previous post.) New Era of Open Source In the 2010s, open-source was driven mainly by startups as a strategy to build a viable business, which led to companies like Red Hat, CloudBees, Elastic, & Mongo. It was also painfully clear in KubeCon that the forces that shaped the landscape of…

KubeCon event report (1 of 2)

KubeCon / CloudNativeCon in Barcelona was amazing. I’ve been hearing great things from my colleagues who have been to past KubeCon, but hearing and seeing are two entirely different experiences. Excitement The energy was clearly in the air, reflecting the amount of interest, excitement, innovation, and investment in the cloud native space. The number of…