Founder | Open-Source Advocate | Technologist | Boards Member, Advisor & Mentor

MySQL Rockstar 2022 Award Highload++ Award 2019

State of Open Con'23 Speaker


Technology has an amazing ability to impact lives, and I've been drawn to it for as long as I can remember. Since my earliest days, my passion has been to understand how things work, build them, and make them better.

Now, as a published author, speaker, board member of several organizations, and ex-CEO of the globally recognized open-source company Percona, that same vision of making things work better underscores all I do.

Whenever I speak at an industry event, mentor board members, or advise customers, I share best practices, use cases, and industry trends that deliver smarter alternatives for everyone. That's the promise of open source.

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I can help you

How? you might ask. Simple. By introducing you to the wide world of open source and databases. Something else in addition to open source and databases? I will show you ways to grow your business using leading tech trends. These are my fields of expertise, where I have excelled for more than 20 years.

You will learn from my talks, keynotes, articles, interviews. Whether your business is long established or a startup, I will provide you with valuable information on how to improve your operations and bottom line. I have a successful track record in doing so for my businesses. I can do the same for yours.

Talks and Keynotes

Public speaking is my passion. Open source, databases, growing business with tech trends are all my areas of expertise. I tailor my talks to your needs.

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Articles, Interviews, Expert Comments

For all journalists out there, make me your go-to expert on technology (open source, databases, Linux, etc.) and entrepreneurship. I will fill you in on what’s happening now in these fields and what’s to come. Expect on-point quotes and even story ideas that will make your editors happy.

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Investor, Mentor,

Sometimes the hardest part of advising, mentoring and investing is finding profitable ventures and worthwhile projects. I’ve done that repeatedly. I am currently serving on the advisory boards of several tech startups and am ready to help your tech business grow, too.

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In the media

High performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication, 3rd Edition

By Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, Vadim Tkachenko | Released first March 2012

#5 in Computer Performance Optimization category on Amazon

Upcoming events

1 July

Percona University Open Source Databases Meetup, Budapest, HUNGARY

State of Open Source Databases
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10-11 July

Devopsdays Nashville, USA

Troubleshooting Microservice Architectures
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14-16 August, Boston, USA

Zero-Instrumentation Observability Based on eBPF
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My Recent Blogs

Running Spartan Ultra World Championship, Morzine
Last November I ran my first Spartan Ultra Race in North Carolina, so when I heard about the Ultra World Championship in Morzine, France it looked like a cool destination race to do this year, especially as I planned to be in Europe around this time anyway.  My preparation for this race was mixed, from […]
Open Source Business Models: Open Core vs Crippled Core
Open Core is one of the very common ways to build a business around Open Source Software. It goes like this – you have an Open Source version of the software, often called “Community Edition” and there is also an extended version of the software, often called “Enterprise Edition” which is Proprietary software. These days […]
Come Climb Ararat with me!
    On the heels of the Exciting Aconcagua Expedition, I am planning the next Adventure! This time I am looking for something more accessible that can work as a first Mountaineering Adventure – being Accessible, Inexpensive, and does not take too much time. I think Ararat fits this bill perfectly! Ararat is a Dormant […]
Aconcagua 360 with Inka Expeditions
A number of you have asked how after the Aconcagua Expedition Call for Participation our expedition went. As time permits I am planning to write a series of articles about this adventure, starting with this summary article. The Team While many people expressed interest, in the end only four people ended up going. It is […]

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I don’t believe in living a static life, staying in a rut, doing the same things over and over. I am constantly seeking new opportunities with the challenges they bring. I look for endeavors that provide win-win cooperation.

Contact me if you would like to work with me. If you have the right project, I definitely want to work with you.

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