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
See How Coveo Engineers Reduced User Latency
Dig into how Coveo implemented observability to reduce latency by 50 percent. We’re joined by Coveo’s Andy Emond and Mathieu Fortier, along with Honeycomb’s Martin Thwaites.
Join Jeli and Honeycomb for an Incident Response and Analysis Discussion
Join Solutions Engineers Vanessa Huerta Granda and Emily Ruppe from Jeli, along with Honeycomb’s Field CTO Liz Fong-Jones and SRE Fred Hebert to discuss some of our more interesting recent incidents and how we use Honeycomb and Jeli together for incident response.
Hands-on Introduction to Observability Workshop - March
This workshop is a great way to get hands-on with observability best practices and Honeycomb. You’ll leave knowing how to get data in and effectively debug. This is a live classroom-style workshop with breakouts and TAs—so bring your questions!