A conversation with Spencer Kimball, creator of GIMP and CockroachDB (Ep. 472)

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August 12, 2022

Spencer Kimball, cofounder and CEO of Cockroach Labs and co-creator of the GIMP picture editor, tells Ryan and Ceora about how database know-how has advanced to deal with large information volumes, how Cockroach labs got here to give attention to fixing latency points via serverless know-how, and his “comparatively mild” transition from engineer to CEO.

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Spencer Kimball, cofounder and CEO of Cockroach Labs and co-creator of the GIMP picture editor, tells Ryan and Ceora about how database know-how has advanced to deal with large information volumes, how Cockroach labs got here to give attention to fixing latency points via serverless know-how, and his “comparatively mild” transition from engineer to CEO.

Episode notes:

Spencer was one of many authentic creators of open-source, cross-platform picture enhancing software program GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), authored whereas he was nonetheless in faculty. He went on to spend a decade at Google, plus two years as CTO of Viewfinder, later acquired by Sq..

In 2014, he cofounded Cockroach Labs to again his creation CockroachDB, a cloud-native distributed SQL database.

Database sharding is crucial for CockroachDB: “a essential a part of how Cockroach achieves nearly every thing,” says Spencer. Learn up on how sharding a database can make it faster.

Like many engineers who discover themselves within the C-suite, Spencer went from full-time programmer to full-time CEO. He says it’s been a “comparatively mild” evolution, however he can all the time go back.

Like a number of you on the market, Spencer began programming on a TI-99/4, the world’s first 16-bit home computer.

Join with Spencer on LinkedIn or learn more about him.

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Tags: cockroachDB, database sharding, databases, GIMP, serverless, sharding, the stack overflow podcast, TI-99/4

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