Our Story

“I started the Akita journey as just one person with a mission: to help modern developers build robust, trustworthy software.”
Jean Yang
Founder & CEO
I fell in love with programming with Logo and BASIC in grade school. In college, it was when I studied hardware, compilers, and programming tools that I realized I wanted to devote my career to making it easier for people to create software.
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Founding Team

We are a team of technologists passionate about making it easier for people to build the software they intended to build. Akita is backed by two of the top VC firms, as well as a major NBA player and other incredible angel investors.
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Founder & CEO

Jean Yang

Jean has over ten years of experience with programming systems research.
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Jean has over ten years of experience with programming systems research, including work that won the Best Paper Award at the Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) conference in 2009 and that got her named one of the MIT Technology Review’s Top 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2016. Before starting Akita, Jean was a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.
Founding Engineer

Cole Schlesinger

Cole has spent his career applying programming language techniques to make sense of messy, real-world domains.
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Cole has spent his career applying programming language techniques to make sense of messy, real-world domains. During his PhD and while at Barefoot Networks, he worked on making it easier to work with programmable networks. At Samsung Research, he worked on taming networks of IoT devices. Most recently while at Amazon AWS, Cole realized just how hard it was to work with networks of APIs, leading him to join Akita.
Founding Engineer

Jed Liu

Jed has been working on making developer tools for distributed systems and APIs for over a decade: this was the topic of his PhD work at Cornell.
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Jed has been working on making developer tools for distributed systems and APIs for over a decade: this was the topic of his PhD work at Cornell. Jed won a Best Paper Award at one of the top systems conferences, Symposium on Operating System Principles (SOSP), for work on secure-by-construction web programs. Jed was most recently on the Compilers and Tools team in the Barefoot Switch Division at Intel.
Founding Engineer

Mark Gritter

Mark's almost two decades of experience in storage and distributed systems led to deep interests in both observability and developer tools for software reasoning.
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Mark’s almost two decades of experience in storage and distributed systems led to deep interests in both observability and developer tools for software reasoning. Mark was previously an early engineer at the video streaming company Kealia (acquired by Sun) and co-founder and post-acquisition CTO of Tintri (acquired by DDN). He was most recently on the Vault Core team at HashiCorp.
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