Our Mission

Buoyant's mission is to make the fundamental tools for security and reliability of software freely available to every engineer in the world.

Our story

Buoyant was founded by William Morgan and Oliver Gould in 2015. Buoyant pioneered the service mesh category with Linkerd, the fastest, lightest service mesh for Kubernetes. Today, Linkerd and Buoyant Cloud power critical production infrastructure for leading organizations around the world.

  1. February 2015

    Founded

  2. February 2016

    First public Linkerd release

    September 2016

    Linkerd coins the "service mesh" term; First Linkerd production users

  3. January 2017

    Linkerd becomes the CNCF's 5th project

    April 2017

    Linkerd 1.0 released

  4. April 2018

    Linkerd becomes a CNCF incubating-level project

    September 2018

    Linkerd 2.0 released

    December 2018

    Linkerd adds per-route metrics

  5. April 2019

    Linkerd adds mTLS

    October 2019

    Linkerd adds distributed tracing

  6. June 2020

    Linkerd adds multi-cluster support

    November 2020

    Linkerd adds ARM support

  7. March 2021

    Buoyant Cloud in early access

    June 2021

    Buoyant Cloud public beta

    July 2021

    Linkerd achieves CNCF graduation

  8. 2022

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Leadership Team

Eric Anderson
VP of Engineering
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Stephanie Descalso
Operations Manager
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Gary Myk
Head of Sales
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Catherine Paganini
Head of Marketing
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Oliver Gould
CTO & Founder
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William Morgan
CEO & Co Founder
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February 2015

Founded

February 2016

First public Linkerd release

September 2016

Linkerd coins the "service mesh" term; First Linkerd production users

January 2017

Linkerd becomes the CNCF's 5th project

April 2017

Linkerd 1.0 released

April 2018

Linkerd becomes a CNCF incubating-level project

September 2018

Linkerd 2.0 released

December 2018

Linkerd adds per-route metrics

April 2019

Linkerd adds mTLS

October 2019

Linkerd adds distributed tracing

June 2020

Linkerd adds multi-cluster support

November 2020

Linkerd adds ARM support

March 2021

Buoyant Cloud in early access

June 2021

Buoyant Cloud public beta

July 2021

Linkerd achieves CNCF graduation

Awards

Containers Traiblazers Award
2022
Containers Traiblazers Award

Awarded to container startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises. This recognition seeks to recognize the early-stage companies who are delivering next-generation application infrastructure that help containers evolve from developer laptops to full-scale enterprise production success stories.

Digital Innovator Award
2021
Digital Innovator Award

Intellyx is an analyst firm focused on enterprise digital transformation and the vendors that support it. Its Digital Innovator Award recognizes organizations that are the most disruptive and innovative firms in their space.

Tracxn Emerging Startups of IT Opertions
2021
Tracxn Emerging Startups of IT Opertions

Tracxn Emerging Startups provides a handpicked selection of high growth and high potential companies, founded since 2013, that are making an impact in the new-age sectors. The shortlisting is based on a combination of multiple publicly available signals and detailed analysis of the company by our internal sector specialist teams.

Tech Ascension Awards
2021
Tech Ascension Awards

The Tech Ascension Awards recognizes the very best innovations in B2C and B2B technology, judging applicants based on technology innovation and uniqueness, market research (analyst reports, media coverage, customer case studies), hard performance stats, and competitive differentiators.

IDC Innovators: Service Mesh
2020
IDC Innovators: Service Mesh

IDC Innovators are emerging vendors with revenue <$100 million that have demonstrated either a groundbreaking business model or an innovative new technology — or both. In 2020, the IDC Innovators study profiled Buoyant among other service mesh companies.

Gartner Cool Vendor
2018
Gartner Cool Vendor

Digital business transformation demands new approaches to building distributed architectures and making diverse systems work together. This report features three Cool Vendors with innovative offerings for application leaders responsible for architecture, infrastructure, and integration.

Containers Trailblazers Award, 2022

Awarded to container startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises. This recognition seeks to recognize the early-stage companies who are delivering next-generation application infrastructure that help containers evolve from developer laptops to full-scale enterprise production success stories.

Tracxn Emerging Startups of IT Opertions, 2021

Tracxn Emerging Startups provides a handpicked selection of high growth and high potential companies, founded since 2013, that are making an impact in the new-age sectors. The shortlisting is based on a combination of multiple publicly available signals and detailed analysis of the company by our internal sector specialist teams.

Digital Innovator Award, 2021

Intellyx is an analyst firm focused on enterprise digital transformation and the vendors that support it. Its Digital Innovator Award recognizes organizations that are the most disruptive and innovative firms in their space.

Tech Ascension Award, 2021

The Tech Ascension Awards recognizes the very best innovations in B2C and B2B technology, judging applicants based on technology innovation and uniqueness, market research (analyst reports, media coverage, customer case studies), hard performance stats, and competitive differentiators.

IDC Innovators: Service Mesh, 2020

IDC Innovators are emerging vendors with revenue <$100 million that have demonstrated either a groundbreaking business model or an innovative new technology — or both. In 2020, the IDC Innovators study profiled Buoyant among other service mesh companies.

Gartner cool vendor award, 2018

Digital business transformation demands new approaches to building distributed architectures and making diverse systems work together. This report features three Cool Vendors with innovative offerings for application leaders responsible for architecture, infrastructure, and integration.

Case Studies

How H-E-B Curbside Adopted Linkerd During a Pandemic

How H-E-B Curbside Adopted Linkerd During a Pandemic

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How Kubernetes and Linkerd became Lunar's multi-cloud communication backbone

How Kubernetes and Linkerd became Lunar's multi-cloud communication backbone

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Scheduling 68,000 COVID Tests with Linkerd

Scheduling 68,000 COVID Tests with Linkerd

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 Service Mesh at Scale: How Xbox Cloud Gaming Secures 22,000 Pods with Linkerd

Service Mesh at Scale: How Xbox Cloud Gaming Secures 22,000 Pods with Linkerd

SEE HOW
Operating high-density bare-metal clusters in the highly regulated financial industry

Operating high-density bare-metal clusters in the highly regulated financial industry

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How Bink built a fault-tolerant app stack on a dynamic foundation

How Bink built a fault-tolerant app stack on a dynamic foundation

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Our Investors

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Our investors

Founders

William Morgan is the CEO of Buoyant. Prior to founding Buoyant, he was an infrastructure engineer at Twitter, where he ran several teams building on product-facing backend infrastructure. He has worked at Powerset, Microsoft, adap.tv, and MITRE Corp, and has been contributing to open source for over 20 years.

Oliver Gould is the CTO of Buoyant, where he leads open source development efforts. Prior to founding Buoyant, he was a staff infrastructure engineer at Twitter, and the tech lead of the Observability, Traffic, and Configuration and Coordination teams.

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