"When you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people. So create."
-Why the Lucky Stiff

10 second bio...

Hey folks! I'm Matt and I'm a Systems Engineer.

I grew up (Middle School, High School, College) in the US Military communities in Germany.

I started my programming/systems career in 1999 and have mostly been doing contract work, with several stints in leadership (CTO, VP Engineering).

Currently, I'm focused on training engineers to maximize their systems for growth and performance.

I'm based in Bucharest and NYC.

Current Projects

High Velocity Ops

My specialty is helping companies drastically lower their systems costs and speed-up their systems development.

Poor systems can cripple or kill a business. Great systems can scale to billion dollar companies with only a few engineers.

With High Velocity Ops I teach engineers the top strategies for bypassing risk and going faster than they ever thought possible.
Maximizing Growth is a training program for Startup Founders and Early Startup Employees that want to optimize their web operations for maximum business growth. It covers the top strategies for setting up your web operations to grow your startup as fast as possible.
Maximizing Performance is a training program for current and future CTOs and Technical Managers who have responsibility for Systems/Ops/DevOps Engineers. It covers strategies for optimizing your web operations for maximum speed and reliability.
Systems Speedup is a systems audit and improvement program.
  • Remove risks that could cripple or kill your business
  • Accelerate growth with low-cost, scalable systems

Past Projects

DevOps University

Taste Test: Puppet, Chef, SaltStack, Ansible

The book compares the top system automation tools and takes the reader through a simple automation project to show how to implement identical tasks using each tool.

I've released 3 editions of the book so far and it has sold over 2000 copies.

Fun fact: the book started out as a blog post, but after 180 pages, I realized it was no longer a blog post and so I released it as a book!

I spent several years writing this as a book. Then I realized it would need to be split into 2 (one for Maximizing Growth and one for Maximizing Peformance). I also realized it would be much more effective as a training program.

So, what started as a book became the High Velocity Ops training programs described above.

Ansible Weekly

A weekly newsletter about the systems orchestration tool Ansible. I ran the newsletter for a couple of years and it grew to have over 4000 subscribers.


B.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland: Europe
Magna Cum Laude
Smith Scholarship / University Scholarship

Some Past Clients


Projects Featured In

Security Contributions

Basecamp: Customer data leakage

DigitalOcean: Inadvertant SSH key reuse

Carnegie Mellon University: SQL injection vulnerability

(and many more for my private clients...)

Technical Reviewer

Ansible: Up and Running by Lorin Hochstein

Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra



Twitter: nanobeep

Github: nanobeep

LinkedIn: mattjaynes