Meet the Grafana Labs team: Matt Mendick, an engineering director managing Prometheus, Loki, and Cortex developers
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Name: Matt Mendick
Current location/time zone
Rochester, New York, U.S. Eastern.
What do you do at Grafana Labs?
I manage our team of backend engineers in North America who work primarily on open source projects such as Cortex, Loki, or Prometheus. My aim is to enable the team to do great work in whatever way I can. One of the reasons I joined Grafana Labs was because of the people I met during the interview process – I was really impressed and hoped I could be lucky enough to work alongside them. I’ve also been very interested in working for a company that focuses so heavily on open source software, after only ever being a user of OSS, watching companies like Grafana Labs from the sidelines.
What open source projects do you contribute to?
I haven’t made many public contributions, but I did get my first Cortex PR merged: I fixed a broken logo image link on the readme 🤓. Behind the scenes, I’m working with the team on some of our internal processes like making our internal cloud releases as easy as possible.
What are your GitHub and Twitter handles?
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children. They keep me very busy, and I love every minute. Since starting to work from home, I’ve been trying to prep dinner to free up more time in the evenings for family time, which has been a really nice benefit. It’s not great for my sleep tracker metrics, but a few days a week I like to get up early and go to the CrossFit gym to get my dose of competitive exercise.
What do you do to get “in the zone” when you work?
To get in the zone, depending on my mood I usually prefer silence, and when that doesn’t work (or isn’t possible) I like to play any kind of generally repetitive music.
What’s your favorite new gadget or tech toy?
Shortly after starting at Grafana Labs, I became obsessed with my microphone and not sounding too echoey while speaking in a room with a lot of hard surfaces. So now I’m one of those people on the video call with a big microphone on a boom just inches in front of my face, and I love it 🎙️😄!
What’s the last thing you binge-watched?
I recently finished Silicon Valley over the course of several months, which qualifies as binge-watching for me.