Episode 18

The Best of CTCN: Volume 1


July 19th, 2021

23 mins 25 secs

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About this Episode

Sponsored by Reblaze, creators of Curiefense


Justin Dorfman | Richard Littauer | Tzury Bar Yochay

Show Notes

Hello and welcome to Committing to Cloud Native Podcast! It’s the podcast by Reblaze where we talk about open source maintainers, contributors, sustainers, and their experiences in the Cloud Native space. This episode is a little different than others because we decided after publishing seventeen episodes this year, we want to take a trip down memory lane and look back at our most popular ones. Today, you will hear clips from our “Top Five” episodes which include the following guests, Kelsey Hightower, Les Jackson, Sergio Méndez, Chris Ferreira, and Richard Li. Sit back, relax, and enjoy! Oh, and go ahead and download this episode now!

[00:01:05] We start with Episode #8 which was our most popular downloaded episode. Our guest was Kelsey Hightower, who is Principal Engineer and Principal Staff Advocate at Google in the Google Cloud Platform Division. We learn how he ended up in the Cloud Native space, joining Google, and his job offer at NASA. Kelsey shares an abundance of information and we find out the amazing story behind “No Code.”

[00:04:58] Our next top episode was Episode #9 with Les Jackson, who is Developer Advocate at Marketplacer. Les explains his creative process and why he was interested in using Envoy to begin with to make microservices. We also hear his cool experience with writing his book, The Complete ASP.NET Core 3 API Tutorial, which he self-published versus going with a publisher.

[00:09:41] Episode #4 brought us a super fun guest, Sergio Méndez, who is an SRE, Professor, and CNCF Ambassador to Guatemala, as well as the organizer of the Cloud Native Guatemala Community Group and is working to get students and people from Central America involved into the CNCF ecosystem. Sergio is a “Linkerd Hero” and he is working on two contributions for Curiefense, which are Linkerd and Rancher, which we learn more about.

[00:14:26] Kubernetes is the topic of Episode #10, and we brought in Chris Ferreira, who is the Principal Engineer and Architect for the WebEx Platform at Cisco. Chris shares how he started out in culinary school and ended up in the IT world, working in startups on the front end and the back end, working for Microsoft, and now Cisco. He tells us about getting introduced into Kubernetes and becoming a code contributor to Istio in a pretty big way.

[00:20:33] We end with Episode #7, with our guest Richard Li, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ambassador Labs, which builds popular open source tools for Kubernetes. We learn about the “Golden Rules” to building a successful open source company or project, and things you must do from the very beginning to keep the project interesting to the community and to get it out and reach out to those achievements.



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Committing To Cloud Native Podcast-Episode 8-Learning in Public with Kelsey Hightower

Kelsey Hightower Twitter

Committing To Cloud Native Podcast-Episode 9-Microservices are Interesting with Les Jackson

Les Jackson Twitter

The Complete ASP.NET Core 3 API Tutorial: Hands-On Building, Testing, and Deploying by Les Jackson

Committing To Cloud Native Podcast-Episode 4-Sergio Méndez: SRE, Professor & CNCF Ambassador to Guatemala

Sergio Méndez Twitter

Committing To Cloud Native Podcast-Episode 10-Kubernetes, (Almost) Love at First Sight with Chris Ferreira

Chris Ferreira Linkedin

Committing To Cloud Native Podcast-Episode 7-Building a Business Around Popular Open Source Tools for Kubernetes with Richard Li

Richard Li Twitter