We Are Eventador.io

We love building data products that leave customers stoked.

Eventador.io is a fully managed, enterprise-grade Stream Processing as a Service platform—built on Apache Kafka and Apache Flink—based in Austin, TX. Whether customers are just getting started with Apache Kafka or they have built their business on streaming data, Eventador unlocks the ability to quickly and easily deploy streaming data-driven applications by handling the complexity of the underlying infrastructure with high-quality software and amazing support.

Meet the Team

Kenny Gorman

Founder and CEO

Kenny has 18 years of experience with various database platforms behind some of the busiest datasets in the world. Most recently he Co-Founded ObjectRocket. He has had roles as Chief Technologist, Architect, Director, Manager, Developer, and DBA. He was a key member of the early teams that scaled Paypal and then eBay, ran one of the largest PostgreSQL installations on the planet, and was a very early adopter and Entrepreneur using MongoDB. He is an active database community member, speaker, and evangelist. 
Loves vi. 

Erik Beebe

Founder and CTO

Erik has 18 years of experience architecting and managing the systems and services behind some of the best known internet brands. Most recently he Co-Founded ObjectRocket. He is part Inventor, Engineer, and Entrepreneur. He has designed and managed petabytes of storage and designed systems that support tens of millions of users. He remembers Sun E10k’s fondly. He’s a Founder of Nixty.com and has worked at a number of successful internet startups and fortune 500 companies including eBay and AOL. 
Loves vi. 

Julie O'Connor


Julie has provided CFO services to software, media, mobile, hardware and life sciences start-up companies. Her depth of knowledge runs the gamut from implementing new customer models, including SaaS, PaaS and cloud models, to completing venture capital financings, technology licensing agreements, manufacturing and marketing partnerships, and operational systems and processes. Julie founded an angel fund, which made investments in early stage technology companies. Julie has a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Smith College and an MBA from Stanford University.
Hates vi.

John Moore

Principal Engineer

John has over a decade of experience writing software, building tools, and delighting customers with a ridiculous dedication seldom seen. He has an odd passion for tinkering with low cost computers and an addiction to contributing to kickstarter campaigns. He joins eventador.io as its first employee. 
Hates vi.

James Satterfield

Principal Site Reliability Engineer

James brings 20 years of deep systems engineering, architecture, and support to the team. He’s a seasoned veteran managing massive business critical systems and a experienced problem solver. James has a no-nonsense passion for simple, reliable, and fast systems. He’s a ninja, a honey badger, a FreeBSD nerd, a wise soul fueled by caffeine. 
Loves vi. 

Leslie Denson

Director of Marketing

Leslie brings deep experience in helping teams make sense of extremely technical topics – She’s a magician at messaging and content creation. She’s the glue to bring founders, executives, and customers together. She’s part storyteller, part demand side expert, and all amazing.
Loves InDesign images of vi screens.

Jesse Woodbury

Account Executive

Jesse is an energetic sales professional, no, a sales animal. He brings great knowledge of the sales process, team building, and logo acqusition to the table. His energy is captivating and his sales tactics on point. He’s results oriented and focused on building value. He’s also got great taste in coffee. 
Hates vi. 

Eric Plaster

Principal Software Engineer

Eric joins us from Hypergiant and Insitome before that. Eric brings rich experience in software development and architecture as well as AI chops to Eventador. He’s a problem solver and careful considerer. His wheelhouse is architecting massively scalable systems. He’s an AWS expert and overall nice guy.
Loves vi.

Missy Frei

Senior DevOps Engineer

Missy pulls from 15 years of experience designing, developing and implementing data systems while providing deep support for her team and her customers. Her history across industries—including cyber security, healthcare, marketing, and more—means she has an unparalleled understanding of what customers need. She’s a self proclaimed design and information nerd. Oh, and, she’s Dr. Melissa Frei.
Loves vi.

Mike Hicklen

Senior DevOps Engineer

Mike joins us with 10 years of experience with fantastic names like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace. From a Level 1 Support Tech to his most recent role as the Director of DevOps at Assembla, Mike brings expertise in systems, environments, platforms, architectures and has no fear making the big decisions. When things go wrong, Mike’s passionate dedication to supporting all customers is only surpassed by the outcome they see. For all your stream processing tweaks, fixes and troubleshooting, Mike’s yours.
Prefers ViM over VI.

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