I have been missing you! Indeed, last year, I have not been able to publish my anniversary blog post as I’m used to do every year since I joined Elastic 9 years ago. That was for a technical reason actually. I was using a old and not updated blogging platform and it took me a looooong time before I was able to invest time to switch everything to Hugo. So here we go! This year celebrates my 9 years anniversary at elastic but also a new blogging system.
What a ride! 10 employees to around 2000 now. As I imagined 8 years ago, I still think that Elasticsearch (the product) and elastic (the company) are successful. Becoming a public company did not change a lot my daily activities. I’m still on the road meeting/building the community, specifically in France and making sure people are sharing the same love that we have internally for the products we are building. I’d like this year to focus this anniversary blog post on some items:
When I joined Elastic (formerly Elasticsearch) it was a startup with 10 employees + the founders. As one of those first employees I was invited (with #elkie and my wife) to the NYSE event where Elastic went listed as ESTC symbol. Some of us there (Rashid, Karel, Myself, Igor, Costin, Luca, Clinton). Yeah. You are not probably used to see us wearing a suit! :) If you want to read again my story, it’s there:
What a milestone! Can you imagine how changed the company in the last 5 years? From 10 employees when I joined to more than 700 now! If you want to read again my story, it’s there: 2013: Once upon a time… 2014: Once upon a time: a year later… 2015: Once upon a time: Make your dreams come true 2016: 3 years! Time flies! 2017: 4 years at elastic! Before speaking about what happened the last 5 years for me, let’s modify a bit the script I wrote last year.
This post is starting to become a long series 😊 Yeah! That’s amazing! I just spent 4 years working at elastic and I’m starting my happy 5th year! If you want to read again my story, it’s there: 2013: Once upon a time… 2014: Once upon a time: a year later… 2015: Once upon a time: Make your dreams come true 2016: 3 years! Time flies! This year, I will celebrate this by writing a new tutorial…
3 years! Can you imagine that? Already 3 years spent working at elastic? Time flies! 2015 has been an uncommon year for me. Not because Marty Mc Fly and Doc Emmett Brown finally arrived… Not because, Han Solo, Leia and friends were finally back again… But for technical and also personal reasons. On a personal side, I had to deal with two major issues which cause some slow down in my professional activities.
Oh wait! Already 2 years spent working for Elasticsearch? Time flies! After the first year, I wrote that I did 58 talks in 4 countries, 37 towns for about 18 000 kilometers traveled. I was pretty sure that things would continue to grow. This year, I spoke 78 times! Around 2 talks per week! I did around 48 000 kilometers. 8 000 km more than the earth’s circumference! I still can’t believe it… 12 countries. And no need to say that I love giving talks and sharing my enthusiasm about Elasticsearch!
I joined Elasticsearch Inc one year ago. Those were pretty exciting days! But now… It’s more than that! Really! You could think that after one year, my motivation would start to decrease. I have the total opposite feeling. Still excited by my job, by the company and by the project, but most of all by the amazing team I’m lucky to work with! Everyone is different and each of us adds different value to Elasticsearch. Personally, I learn a lot from my co-workers.
Once upon a time… In fact 2 years ago, I was looking for a way to make Hibernate search distributed on multiple nodes. My first idea was to store indexes in a single database shared by my nodes. Yes, it’s a stupid idea in term of performances but I would like to try to build it. Digging for source code, I came to the JdbcDirectory class from the compass project. And I saw on the compass front page something talking about the future of Compass and Elasticsearch.
Il était une fois… En fait, il y a 2 ans, je cherchais un moyen pour distribuer Hibernate search sur plusieurs noeuds. Ma première idée était de stocker les index dans une base de données partagée par les différents noeuds. Oui ! Il s’agit d’une idée stupide en terme de performances, mais j’avais envie d’essayer et de construire ce modèle. Après avoir cherché du code source, je suis finalement tombé sur la classe JdbcDirectory du projet Compass.