"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.

Most of my career has been consulting for tech companies and helping them speed-up and automate their systems.

I'm based in Bucharest and NYC (and typically on U.S. timezones regardless of location).

Current Projects

High Velocity Ops

My specialty is helping companies slash 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.

High Velocity Ops is where I teach engineers how to move 5-50X faster with their Ops.

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 be much more effective if I taught it in a course format.

So, what started as a book became the training program I now run at High Velocity Ops.

Ansible Weekly

A weekly newsletter about the systems orchestration tool Ansible. I started the newsletter in 2013, took a break in 2016, and restarted it in 2017. It's had over 2500 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


DevOps Trailblazers (Cloudify)

51 DevOps Influencers (PowerAdmin)

Technical Reviewer

Ansible: Up and Running by Lorin Hochstein

Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra

Random Brags ;-)

Contact / Social


Twitter: nanobeep

Hacker News: mattjaynes

Github: nanobeep

LinkedIn: mattjaynes