About us

You focus on your product. We’ll do the Gruntwork.

Who we are

We are a team of software engineers with expertise in DevOps, system architecture, scalability, software delivery, security, Amazon Web Services, and more. Our mission is to make it an order of magnitude easier to understand, develop, and deploy software. In just a couple weeks, we can get you up and running on AWS with DevOps best practices and world-class infrastructure. We take care of all the "undifferentiated heavy lifting"—the grunt work—so that your team can focus on the products and services unique to your company.

The team

Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman

Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman is a co-founder of Gruntwork. He is also the author of two books published by O'Reilly Media: Hello, Startup: A Programmer's Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams and Terraform: Up & Running. Jim has more than a decade of experience building infrastructure and products that serve hundreds of millions of users at LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Cisco Systems, and Thomson Financial. He's also active in the open source community, maintains a popular blog, and has given talks at conferences all over the world.

Josh Padnick

Josh Padnick is a co-founder of Gruntwork. He published a 12,000+ word guide to building scalable web apps on AWS that garnered 500+ upvotes on Hacker News, has presented on AWS and DevOps at numerous conferences and meetups, and built apps on AWS for 100,000+ users. Previously, he founded Omedix (now Edaris Health), a healthcare IT company that served over 4,200 providers and 500,000 patient-users.

The Gruntwork story

Gruntwork originally started out as two companies, Atomic Squirrel, founded by Jim, and Phoenix DevOps, founded by Josh. Jim and Josh met in 2015, realized they were working towards the same vision, and began working together.

In 2016, after working with a number of clients and building up a library of reusable scripts, templates, and best practices, they merged the two companies together into Gruntwork.