Heptio Growing Kubernetes Adoption With $8.5M Raised From Accel with Founder Craig McLuckie

Craig McLuckie

In Episode #589, Nathan interviews Craig McLuckie. He’s the founder and CEO of Heptio, a startup focused on making Kubernetes accessible enterprises. Prior to starting Heptio, Craig was a product manager at Google where he founded the Kubernetes project, launched Google compute engine and created The Cloud Native Computing Foundation that he also shared.



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  • Favorite Book? – Influence
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  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “I wished my 20-year old self understood the importance of kindness”

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:25 – Nathan introduces Craig to the show
  • 01:55 – Kubernetes is a technology that is used to run applications in a production setting
    • 02:16 – The idea is to take the collective learning that Google instilled over the last decade of building and running applications
  • 02:35 – Kubernetes is an open-source technology
  • 02:53 – Kubernetes is being widely adopted by enterprises but there are still some gaps
  • 03:16 – Heptio‘s job is to make Kubernetes more accessible to a broad array of developers
  • 03:47 – Heptio generates revenue through support, training and professional service and consultancy
  • 04:25 – Heptio is currently on pre-product revenue
  • 04:50 – By providing Heptio’s professional service, they connect with customers and understand where the key gaps are
  • 05:12 – Heptio has raised $8.5M
  • 05:20 – The people backing Heptio
  • 06:17 – Nathan simplifies Kubernetes’ description
  • 07:50 – Craig explains how Kubernetes actually works in applications
  • 09:07 – Heptio wants to present the perfect idea of how machines should be operating
  • 09:23 – Kubernetes provided the steps from thinking about virtual infrastructure to logical infrastructure
  • 09:49 – At Heptio, they bring the idea of logical infrastructure to companies everywhere so they can experience a better way to decode without worrying about the difficult task of configuring
  • 10:22 – Heptio also helps companies organize themselves around the technology
    • 10:53 – It is like helping people stack the bricks of technology
  • 11:58 – John and Craig started Kubernetes in Google and they had successes in the past
  • 12:20 – Craig demonstrated clearly the product market fit for Kubernetes so they were able to raise $8.5M
  • 12:40 – Craig has spent time with the community
  • 13:10 – Craig quantifies the adoption of Kubernetes
  • 13:50 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  1. Kubernetes is an open source technology that is used to run applications in a production setting.
  2. Demonstrating your product’s market CLEARLY can lead to investors believing and trusting your product.
  3. Remember the importance of being kind.

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