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From Kristof Adriaenssens <>
Subject Re: introductions
Date Tue, 30 Oct 2018 21:14:47 GMT
I'm Kristof and I learned about Zipkin and the Dapper paper in 2013 while
working at Tomtom in Belgium.
I'm the original author of Brave. I built Brave so I could get insight into
our services and reuse the Twitter components (collector, web, ui).
I remember how amazed I was when I could first visualize production
requests and how what we built was way more complex as I had imagined :)

It is because of my work on Brave that I got noticed by and got in contact
with SoundCloud.
I joined SoundCloud in September 2014 and moved to Berlin.  One of the
first things I did at SoundCloud was packaging and deploying the Zipkin
and enabling our Finagle services to start sending spans. After the initial
set up I started working on other things and our Zipkin set up remained
stagnant for a long time.

When Adrian got involved with Zipkin he reached out to me and soon started
contributing to Brave and the other Zipkin projects.  I was impressed from
the start with how Adrian reached out and involved the community, set out
the direction, and brought the project where it is now.  In July 2015 I
moved Brave from my personal GitHub to OpenZipkin. I kept working on Brave
till probably around end 2015 and stopped most involvement after that point
because of other priorities at work and in my private life.

I kept following Zipkin and the Distributed Tracing space from a distance
and got a bit more involved again recently as part of Using Kubernetes Pod
Metadata to Improve Zipkin Traces

I have used many Apache projects throughout my career, as most of you
probably, but I was never part of transitioning a project into a ASF


Op di 30 okt. 2018 om 14:22 schreef Adrian Cole <>:

> Sounds funny to do this, but a chat conversation made me realize we
> may never meet each other in person. For those who are comfortable
> introducing themselves including where they live on a public forum,
> I'd welcome this, especially IPMC. No pressure if you feel
> uncomfortable.
> I'll start.
> I'm Adrian and I accidentally walked in to tracing while working at
> Twitter when I lived in San Francisco. The project was a few years
> old, but needed re-owning.. since then (about March 2015), I've not
> stopped working on Zipkin. I moved companies to Pivotal, then moved to
> Georgetown Malaysia as well. It is easy for me to work on Zipkin
> because Pivotal sponsors my salary and routinely covers my travel to
> things like workshops and such. I'm very grateful for that. Truth be
> told, I am most interested in the community itself, you all keep me
> engaged even during the hard times of which there are many :P So,
> thanks..
> I had experience in Apache before as I founded Apache jclouds. I am
> not completely happy with how I handled the transition into the
> incubator. I was impatient and sometimes not nice during the stressful
> moments, so I stepped down. I harbor some guilt about that still,
> though I try to shake it off for experience. Best advice I can give to
> folks new to the process is to be patient through acclimation and
> remember ASF is a volunteer organization. Anyway, I'm back and aim to
> be a better me.
> /me steps away from the (re)introduction mic
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