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

14-17 March, 2024

SCaLE 21x, Pasadena, USA

Best Practices for Running Databases on Kubernetes
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My Recent Blogs

The Ignorance as a Business Model
Can Ignorance be a Business Model? Surely, especially if it is not your ignorance! Counting on ignorance is exactly what many companies in “Open Source” are counting on, in particular ignorance on things like Open Source Licenses and their compatibility.  You may be surprised how many developers, especially unsophisticated ones, think that if something is […]
Open Source Business Models: Professional Services
Open Source is not a Business Model, rather it can support quite a few different Business Models. In this series of articles, I will look at some of those models with a focus on the models which work well embracing Open Source for Real. Professional Services – Consulting, Training, Custom Engineering is Perhaps one of […]
Joining Coroot as Co-Founder
From my early days as a Software Engineer, I was interested in complicated systems’ internal operations, what is happening inside, how they work, and why they fail. This is what brought me to the Open Source Database Community. It was to help customers operate complicated database-powered systems that  Percona was created. At Percona we spent […]
Adventures and Athletics in 2023
As the year comes to a close, it helps to reflect on what I achieved in this part of my life. Being in my 40s now, years are more precious than earlier. At the start of 2023, I was still recovering from a shoulder dislocation, so I had to limit activities that involved heavy use […]

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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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