John Kodumal grew up really into computers. And, he is old enough that during his childhood, it was abnormal to be so into computers. To illustrate just how much he was into computers, he told me a story about how he taught himself to touch type in grade school.. using the DVORAK keyboard layout. He is a family man, with 2 children – a 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son. Outside of family, he has a ton of hobbies and interests, including climbing. In fact, his last trip before COVID hit, he took a bunch of friends and co-workers to ice climb in Colorado.
Over his entire career, John has been thinking about ways to deliver software better. He did a PhD in programming languages, and he worked at Atlassian for a number of years. When he got connected with his co-founder, Edith Harbaugh, they started to explore just how big of an opportunity they had around feature flags.
This is the creation story of LaunchDarkly.
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