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Office Hour with John Allspaw (Etsy)

John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs)
Office Hours
Table 1 (Sponsor Pavilion)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)

You can bring John all your operations and DevOps questions, but don’t stop there. He’ll be happy to talk to you about any of the subjects on his mind, including:

  • The work we do versus the work we think we do
  • How your workplace can be blame-free but infinitely more responsible
  • What kinds of business philosophies motivate people to do their best
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John Allspaw

Adaptive Capacity Labs

John Allspaw has worked in software systems engineering and operations for twenty years in many different environments: biotech, government, online media, social networking, and e-commerce. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructure at,, Friendster, and Flickr, and Etsy. He served as SVP of Engineering and then Chief Technology Officer at Etsy, and holds an MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety from Lund University.