Our Mission

Make it 10x easier to deliver software

We believe that software is one of the most important and creative technologies in human history because one application can impact billions of lives. We also believe that it’s far too difficult to understand, use, and maintain. We want to enable software teams to build and maintain secure, reliable, scalable software. Our customers should spend less time on infrastructure so they can focus on making the world a better place in their own unique way.

We envision a world where software team:

  • Can build on top of the best infrastructure with peace of mind.

  • Have access to clear training materials and real-world examples for any DevOps concept to hone their craft.

  • Work together as a community, rather than a bunch of individuals. We're better together.

Our values

Do the right thing

You almost always know what's the right thing to do. It's the choice that is fair, ethical, and decent. It's the choice that lets you feel good as a human being. Always make that choice, even if it means losing a client or losing money. Be a good person.

Take pride in your craft

Whether you write code, make sales calls, or work on legal documents, do it well. You could call it "attention to detail," "great taste," "craftsmanship" or, as Michael Feather's puts it, "Clean code always looks like it was written by someone who cares." Whatever you call it, always strive to do work you can be proud of.

Get things done

The counterpart to pride in craftsmanship is finding a way to get things done. The most beautiful code that never ships or sits unfinished adds no value, no matter how beautifully it's crafted. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good.


The best way to get things done is to do work incrementally. We believe that quantity of iteration beats quality of iteration. Plan projects so that every increment is valuable by itself. Optimize for fast feedback rather than trying to come up with a perfect plan. Aim to recover quickly rather than trying to avoid all mistakes.

Meet the Grunts

Yevgeniy "Jim" Brikman


Jim is the author of two books published by O’Reilly Media: Terraform: Up & Running and Hello, Startup. He 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.

Josh Padnick

Co-founder and CEO

Josh is the author of the definitive 12,000+ word guide to building scalable web apps on AWS which 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.


Resident Mascot

Meet Grunty, the visionary DevOps yeti on a mission to revolutionize the software industry. With a passion for simplicity and accessibility, Grunty champions the ethos of making software easier to understand, build, and deploy, believing in a world where technological innovation is within everyone's reach.

Monica Chun

Financial Planning Adviser

Monica has worked in Finance for 15+ years. Her career spans investment banking, corporate financial planning, and small business financial management. At Gruntwork, she oversees financial and accounting functions and works closely with management on financial strategy and planning. In addition to building sophisticated (but usable) financial models, she also enjoys travelling, volunteering in community organizations, and has recently taken up tennis.

Zach Goldberg

Chief Technology Officer

Zach is the author of the Startup CTO's Handbook which has 10,000+ stars on GitHub, was frontpage of hacker news and is also available on Amazon. Zach has been the CTO of 7 startups, been through two acquisitions and is also known as a technical executive coach. He has a passion for building and scaling technology teams and improving the state of the art of software engineering.

Chris Pham

VP & Head of Sales

Chris is a mindful sales leader at Gruntwork, tasked with expanding the customer community. He harmonizes the art of sales with mindfulness, fostering genuine connections and sustainable growth through his "Surprisingly Helpful Sales" method. Outside work, he organizes community for Plum Village, co-hosts Deer Park Monastery's Mindful Music Festival, and cherishes time with his family.

Oreoluwa David Agunbiade

Senior Software Engineer

Ore's desire to understand how electronics and computers work led to a university degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and a brief career in Telecommunications. Prior to Gruntwork, Ore worked as a Full Stack web developer developing applications for making Internet services easily accessible and affordable in Nairobi, Kenya. Outside of work, Ore enjoys console gaming, basketball and soccer.

Eben Eliason

Principal Product Designer

Eben is a UX designer with a computer science degree who tackles every design problem from both creative and analytical perspectives. He's not afraid to dive into code to prototype new ideas, or tweak a tiny detail until it's just right. Prior to Gruntwork, Eben served as Director of Design at Oblong. He's also a hiker, boulderer, and board game enthusiast who dabbles in game design himself.

Yousif Akbar

Principal Software Engineer

Yousif is a Software Engineer with experience building cheap, scalable and performant cloud systems. Prior to joining Gruntwork, Yousif was the lead DevOps Engineer for PBS KIDS, where he ensured that millions of kids across the US had reliable access to top quality, fun and educational content for free. Yousif is passionate about teaching, learning, and the elimination of toil. In his spare time, Yousif enjoys traveling with his wife, spending time with his dogs and playing games with friends.

Lewis Christie

Senior Software Engineer

Lewis is a Software Engineer with a passion for writing code that solves hard problems. Prior to Gruntwork Lewis worked on a variety of backend web software with a focus on scalability and security. When not digging into some code you'll find him skiing, climbing, or just enjoying the outdoors in the Canadian Rockies.

Our story

How we bootstrapped our business

Gruntwork originally started out as two traditional DevOps consulting companies: Atomic Squirrel, founded by Jim, and Phoenix DevOps, founded by Josh. Jim and Josh met in 2015, realized that they kept re-implementing the same solution with every client, and began working together to create a better way to create best-practices infrastructure.

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. The rest, as they say, is history.


Where we work

Gruntwork is a remote-first company. We balance the benefits and drawbacks of the all-remote lifestyle by hiring within North and South American time zones, which guarantees at least a few hours of overlap between all employees for the occasional live meeting or pair-coding session. We also meet in person as an entire company several times each year, to enable social connection, build team rapport, and facilitate high bandwidth activities.

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Have what it takes to become a Grunt?

We’re hiring! We want to work on interesting problems, with interesting people, while leading interesting lives. If that resonates with you, get in touch.