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From Jay Kreps <jay.kr...@gmail.com>
Subject Announcing Confluent
Date Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:28:22 GMT
Hey all,

I’m happy to announce that Jun Rao, Neha Narkhede and I are creating a
company around Kafka called Confluent. We are planning on productizing the
kind of Kafka-based real-time data platform we built out at LinkedIn. We
are doing this because we think this is a really powerful idea and we felt
there was a lot to do to make this idea really take root. We wanted to make
that our full time mission and focus.

There is a blog post that goes into a little more depth here:
http://blog.confluent.io/

LinkedIn will remain a heavy Kafka user and contributor. Combined with our
additional resources from the funding of the company this should be a
really good thing for the Kafka development effort. Especially when
combined with the increasing contributions from the rest of the development
community. This is great news, as there is a lot of work to do. We'll need
to really focus on scaling this distributed development in a healthy way.

One thing I do want to emphasize is that the addition of a company in the
Kafka ecosystem won’t mean meddling with open source. Kafka will remain
100% open source and community focused, as of course is true of any Apache
project. I have been doing open source for a long time and strongly believe
it is the right model for infrastructure software development.

Confluent is just getting off the ground now. We left LinkedIn, raised some
money, and we have an office (but no furniture yet!). None the less, f you
are interested in finding out more about the company and either getting
help with your Kafka usage or joining us to help build all this, by all
means reach out to us, we’d love to talk.

Wish us luck!

-Jay

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