We will ask Peter how technology impact lives, how much efforts you need to put in to build world leading tech company from scratch, why OSS is good and how to pay for its development when it is free, and finally when you need to write book and how popular you could become.
Peter Zaitsev is CEO and co-founder of Percona (the second co-founder is Vadim Tkachenko). As one of the foremost experts on MySQL strategy and optimization, Peter leveraged both his technical vision and entrepreneurial skills to grow Percona from a two-person shop to one of the most respected open source companies in the business. With over 240 professionals in 30 plus countries, Peter’s venture now serves over 3000 customers – including the “who’s who” of internet giants, large enterprises, and many exciting startups.
A serial entrepreneur, Peter co-founded his first startup SpyLOG (statistics for websites) while attending Moscow State University where he majored in Computer Science. He was born in Russia (Moscow) and moved to the US as MySQL AB staff. Peter was an early employee at MySQL AB (started in 2002, met Vadim Tkachenko), eventually leading the company’s High Performance Group.
Percona was founded in 2006 in London, where Peter moved from the US. But then he decided to return to the US. Originally, Percona was a remote company, the first office in the US was opened just for the visa requirements. Now Percona has the HQ in Durham (North Carolina) but there are no more than 20 people work at the same time. Most of the Perconians work from home in different parts of the world (243 professionals in 32 countries).
Peter is a co-founder and Board Member at Altinity (the leading software and service provider for ClickHouse – an open-source column-store analytic database) and Ivinco (a provider of advisory and system development services that enable ultra-fast, full-text search for small and medium-sized enterprises and start-up companies). He serves on the board of Sphinx Technologies Inc., a privately-held U.S. Sphinx full-text search engine developer. Also, Peter is an advisor at EdgeDB (an open-source object-relational database built on top of PostgreSQL).
Peter is a co-author of “High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication” (O’Reilly), one of the most popular books on MySQL performance. He frequently speaks as an expert lecturer at MySQL, databases, Open Source and related conferences, and regularly posts on the Percona Database Performance Blog. He has also been tapped as a contributor to Fortune and DZone.