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Building distributed systems is notoriously hard. Building a distributed team, even more so. At Elastic — the company behind the open source tools Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash — everything is distributed; the company and our products. This talk dives into the details of how Elastic is thriving on its distributed model:

  • How Elastic started to be distributed by design.
  • What our shared values are and what we have learned as we progressed and grew to our current size.
  • What the day of an Elastician can look like.
  • What we are using in terms of tooling.
  • How we hire and onboard new employees.

PS: While this talk focuses on how to build a distributed company, Work from Home: Challenges & Tips dives into the perspective for individuals and Scaling Distributed Teams looks more into the challenges around company growth.