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 Honeycomb.
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 gift.
Give feedback freely, give gently, give timely, but give. Listen first, listen intently, celebrate each other’s growth. We are a high-trust and high-transparency team, and this requires us all to dig deep. Discomfort is temporary. We polish each other like diamonds.
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.
We think equally about building Honeycomb the product, the business, and the company. We’re committed to building a 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. 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
o11yfest Panelist, Shelby Spees
Shelby, Honeycomb Developer Advocate, is part of a panel discussion at o11yfest. She will share her experience with the challenges we all may face when encouraging better observability practices, adopting new technologies, and otherwise getting started on the adoption journey. Honeycomb is excited to be a Premiere sponsor of this event.
The New Faces of Continuous Improvement Speaker, Charity Majors
Charity, Honeycomb's CTO & Co-founder, is joined by engineering leaders from GitHub and Netflix for a LinearB watch party taking place in the Dev Interrupted discord community. They will share their thoughts on creating Continuous Improvement in Engineering Organizations in this one-time event.
Register for this free 2-day virtual conference on the future of shipping software, June 9-10, 2021. o11ycon brings the vendor-neutral observability community together to advance the practice. hnycon is where you learn how to implement observability successfully with Honeycomb.