We help engineering teams deeply understand their own production systems through observability
Give all software engineering teams the observability they need to eliminate toil and delight their users.
Honeycomb was founded by a software engineer (a “dev”) and an infrastructure engineer (an “ops”). We were determined to build a world of software ownership, and saw observability as the shared understanding necessary to get there. What began as a sociotechnical problem has evolved into a sociotechnical solution, in which tool choice is simply the catalyst for improved processes and culture on engineering teams.
Our values are the “how” in how we work with our colleagues, engage with our community, and build observability software.
Fast and close to right is better than perfect
Take pride in your craft and ship relentlessly. Be like our storage engine: 99% right in milliseconds is better than 100% right in an hour. Code in production is worth two in canary.
We hire adults
Pay attention to your mind and body so you can give and get help. All of us wobble, and being transparent about that means we can support each other. Participate fully in collaboration, coaching and management. If any group of us were together in a car on a long road trip, there would be no need for a dividing line in the back seat to keep people from hitting each other.
Everything is an experiment
Don’t get attached to specific outcomes, as they can prevent you from moving forward. Construct your experiments with purpose, evaluate them with honesty, share your results, and iterate. Failure is a constant, it’s what we learn that matters.
Feedback is a muscle
Giving and receiving feedback is like strengthening a muscle. This is not a skill we are born with, or ever perfectly master; and nobody gets it right every single time. But we can all get better at it by practicing—pushing ourselves a little past our comfort zone, everyday.
Act with autonomy and ownership
Come curious. Focus on impact over output. Be generous with your ideas and use your judgment. Optimize for our collective success, not individual glory. Kill your darlings. Be bold, shake it up, don’t assume the way things are was on purpose. Do it with style.
Our customers know that observability is key to delivering software both quickly and reliably. Engineering teams become high-performing teams when armed with Honeycomb observability software.
We think equally about building Honeycomb the product, the business, and the company. We’re committed to building a software engineering company of which our people are proud to have been a part.
Observability is the future—and it’s up to us to take the lead and shape that future through observability software engineering. We believe in questioning the status quo and charting our own path. Perhaps you do, too.
We’re honored to be backed by investors who believe we’re the future of observability.
As well as Mike Krieger, Ilya Sukhar, Anamitra Banerji, Venkat Venkataramani, and a number of other angels.
Catch us at these upcoming events
2023-6-13 Introduction to Observability Workshop
Get hands-on with observability best practices and Honeycomb. This workshop covers both the theory and practice of observability: you’ll leave knowing how to get data in and effectively debug.
Observability Engineering Book Club - Part 2
Have you read the O’Reilly Observability Engineering book yet? Or maybe, like us, it’s still taunting you from the edge of the desk. Let's read it together! Join our Observability Engineering Book Club.
AWS Summit Toronto
Join us in person and attend the keynote, walk the Expo, and talk with AWS Experts. See how your peers and competitors are using the cloud to their advantage. Learn all the ways you can use AWS to jump-start, grow, or supercharge your business and take your career to the next level at this free event.