Cassandra Business with Jonathan Ellis

Cassandra was initially released in 2008 as a project out of Facebook. Cassandra offered an open source solution to database scalability issues that were being tackled internally by large companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook. 2008 was a golden age of new infrastructure, with systems such as Hadoop and Kafka gaining traction around the same time.

Jonathan Ellis started working with Cassandra, and became intrigued by the system. With the help of investors, Jonathan began working on a company based around Cassandra called Datastax. Today, Datastax is a company with more than 450 employees and a large valuation.

Jonathan joins the show to discuss his experience working with Cassandra, and his reflections on the becoming an entrepreneurial founder of a highly successful database company. There is a wealth of useful knowledge for both software engineers and entrepreneurs in this episode.

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