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Our Story

Many StreamNative team members have been working on Apache BookKeeper-based event streaming systems, such as Pulsar, for years and have seen the success of them at leading internet companies. In fact, some of us had the experience of managing the largest BookKeeper production deployment in the world that processes trillions of events every day.

Today StreamNative is focusing on growing the Apache Pulsar and BookKeeper community and bringing our deep experience across diverse Pulsar use cases to companies around the world. Our mission is to help businesses generate value from their enterprise data.

Executive Team

Sijie Guo
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Co-Founder & CEO
Sijie’s journey with Apache Pulsar began at Yahoo! where he was part of the team working to develop a global messaging platform for the company. He then went to Twitter, where he led the messaging infrastructure group and co-created DistributedLog and Twitter EventBus. In 2017, he co-founded Streamlio, which was acquired by Splunk, and in 2019 he founded StreamNative. He is one of the original creators of Apache Pulsar and Apache BookKeeper, and remains VP of Apache BookKeeper and PMC Member of Apache Pulsar. Sijie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
Matteo Merli
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Matteo is the CTO at StreamNative, where he brings rich experience in distributed pub-sub messaging platforms. Matteo was one of the co-creators of Apache Pulsar during his time at Yahoo!. Matteo and Sijie worked to create a global, distributed messaging system for Yahoo!, which would later become Apache Pulsar. Matteo then co-founded Streamlio with Guo, and later served as the Senior Principal Software Engineer at Splunk post-acquisition. Matteo is the PMC Chair of Apache Pulsar, where he helps to guide the community and ensure the success of the Pulsar project. He is also a PMC member for Apache BookKeeper. Matteo lives in Menlo Park, California.
Jia Zhai
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Jia is a co-founder at StreamNative, where he leads the business development and engineering teams in Asia. Prior to StreamNative, he was a technical leader at EMC Beijing, where he focused on distributed storage service and big data infrastructure. Jia Zhai is a PMC Member of Apache Pulsar and Apache BookKeeper. Jia lives in Beijing, China.

Featured Team Member

" I like working at StreamNative because the team is passionate about building innovative products and fun to work with. Working remote has its challenges, so we do biweekly Yappy Hours to connect and meet everyone’s pup."

Alice Bi

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Leadership Team

Carolyn King
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VP of Growth
Carolyn has dedicated the past 15 years to helping companies develop growth strategies to drive customer acquisition and revenue. At StreamNative, she leads all things growth, including global Marketing and Community, global Training and Documentation, Developer Relations and Sales for the US and EMEA. She holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA in Business-Economics from UCLA. Carolyn lives in Santa Monica, California.
Addison Higham
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Chief Architect & Head of Cloud Engineering
Addison Higham has deep experience with streaming technologies such as Flink and Spark. Seeking a new stream storage technology for his previous company, Instructure, Addison discovered Pulsar and quickly became a Pulsar champion and drove the company’s adoption of the technology. Addison then joined StreamNative, where he leads development of StreamNative Cloud and helps customers to successfully adopt Pulsar. Addison lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Eron Wright
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Cloud Engineering Lead
At StreamNative, Eron is responsible for the StreamNative Cloud API and control plane. Prior to StreamNative, Eron served as a Technical Staff in the Storage Division for Dell EMC and was a Senior Software Development Engineer Lead at Microsoft Azure. He has experience using Apache Pulsar, Apache Kafka, and Apache Flink for stream processing, and is a contributor to Apache Flink and to Kubernetes. Eron lives in Portland, Oregon.
Penghui Li
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Platform Engineering Lead, Messaging & Storage
Penghui Li is passionate about helping organizations to architect and implement messaging services. Prior to StreamNative, Penghui was a Software Engineer at, where he was the leading Pulsar advocate and helped the company adopt and implement the technology. He is an Apache Pulsar Committer and PMC member. Penghui lives in Beijing, China.
Neng Lu
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Platform Engineering Lead, Compute
Neng Lu has rich experience in stream computing technologies. He is currently leading StreamNative's real-time computing product by integrating Apache Pulsar with big data ecosystems on top of Kubernetes. He is also an active Apache Pulsar contributor for Pulsar Function. Prior to StreamNative, Neng worked at Twitter focusing on the development of real-time computing engine -- Apache Incubator Heron. He is also an Apache Incubator Heron Committer and PPMC member. Neng lives in San Francisco, California.
James Banares
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Head of People (US/EU)
James Banares is an official member of the Forbes Human Resources Council, and focuses on building effective talent pipelines and processes. He has led and established HR and Talent Acquisition functions across various companies and startups. Previously, he worked as Head of People at Finix, VP of People Operations at Valimail, and Head of Talent at FiveStars. James lives in San Francisco, California.
Xiaobing Huang
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HR Lead (APAC)
Huang Xiaobing is an experienced HR manager for internet-focused organizations. She excels at creating efficiency, optimizing processes, stimulating organizational vitality, and improving employees’ job satisfaction. She worked in the SSC and OD departments at before joining StreamNative. Xiaobing lives in Beijing, China.
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Culture and Value

StreamNative’s mission is to transform the capabilities of the enterprise by creating real-time insights across the data lifecycle. We unify data across your company so you can scale your products and experiences.
Our culture is one of collaboration and creativity. We embrace talent from every background, with a focus on being inclusive of global perspectives and diversity. There are no egos at StreamNative, just a team committed to developing cutting edge technologies and to customer success. We focus on our mission and infuse passion, kindness, commitment to quality, and customer happiness into everything we do.

StreamNative Cloud

With our Cloud Hosted offering, we take care of managing your clusters so you can focus on building apps with a scalable, resilient, and secure messaging and event streaming platform. Enjoy unified messaging and event streaming with Apache Pulsar made simple on AWS, Azure, GCP and Alibaba clouds.

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