Project Description

From DBA & Open-Source Contributor to CTO & Co-Founder of a Commercial Open-Source Company

By Trista Pan

Trista is the CTO and Co-Founder of an open source SaaS commercial start-up that has received seed funding from some of the world’s top VCs. Having gone from being a woman developer in the open source world to CTO, didn’t simply mean a change in her title: it brought deep changes starting from her perspectives on technology, the open source community, and approaches to daily work, to the way to communicate with and retain the most talented developers, investors etc.

This journey included growing an open source community from just a handful of contributors, to one of the leading communities in China and fastest growing Apache projects in the world. The secret? True openness and inclusiveness, the willingness to both mentor students by collaborating with initiatives such as Google Summer of Code or Anita B. Org’s Grace Hopper Celebration, while at the same time fostering a technically sound community whose solution has been adopted by over 170 corporations listed on the stock exchange.

In this talk Trista will share her empowering journey and valuable experience of being the CTO at an open source commercial start-up, how women in tech can take the challenges they face and turn them into opportunities, and best practices for open source project leadership. Tune in to get inspired to think big, to be encouraged to leave your mark and pursue your dream.

About the Speaker

From DBA & Open-Source Contributor to CTO & Co-Founder of a Commercial Open-Source CompanyTrista Pan, an AWS Data Hero, is the CTO and Co-Founder of SphereEx, an open source SaaS commercial start-up backed by some of the world’s top VCs. Previously a Senior DBA at JD Technology, she was responsible for the design and development of JD Digital Science and Technology’s intelligent database platform.

Trista now focuses on distributed databases & middleware ecosystems and is strongly committed to open source. Trista is serving as an Apache ShardingSphere Project Management Committee member, as well as mentor with various other Apache incubating projects.

Recipient of the 2020 and 2021 “China OSCAR Open-Source Pioneer”, Trista is frequently invited to speak at relevant conferences in the fields of database & database architecture – including AWS Summit Shanghai and AWS Dev Days.

Trista loves to encourage more women to pursue careers in technology, and regularly shares her empowering journey from open source contributor to CTO at events such as AWS She Builds Summit. Trista is also praised by students for her mentorship efforts at initiatives such as Google Summer of Code or Anita B. Org’s Grace Hopper Celebration.

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