Building Distributed Systems in Distributed Teams

Building distributed systems is notoriously hard … building a distributed team, even more so. At Elastic - the company behind 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?



Sebastian Grodzicki



With over 15 years of experience in information technology, Sebastian Grodzicki leads the Logs & Metrics UI team at Elastic.

He spent three years as CTO at SHOWROOM (“Europe’s