Richard Crowley

Engineer and engineering leader.  Recovering manager.  On-call more often than not.

Articles and talks

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I hoard links on Pinboard.

Much less frequently, I tweet as @rcrowley.


Matt Tanase and I founded DevStructure in 2010 and tried until 2012 to reduce the distance between development and production with the Blueprint configuration management tool.  It was not a commercial success however I still believe the problems we set out to solve then remain unsolved and I am still pursuing solutions.

I served as advisor to Opsmatic, which was eventually acquired and became New Relic Infrastructure, and am currently advising Smallstep.  I am additionally an advisor to Boldstart Ventures.  I like to work with founders and early employees to make their technology the best it can be and to bring it reliably to the most customers possible.

I have held various engineering leadership positions at Slack since 2014.  Due to my work there I find myself on the customer advisory board for Amazon Web Services.


Danville, Kentucky → Washington University in Saint Louis → San Francisco.  Flickr, OpenDNS, DevStructure, Square, and Betable engineering alumnus.  While I’m trained as a hardware engineer I’ve made my career on the Internet where I’ve gravitated towards operations and infrastructure and been repelled by browsers, HTML, and CSS.  Despite that, I do know JavaScript.

At present, I am the Operations Architect at Slack.  I tolerate computers, like bicycles, am not a very good open-source maintainer, and live in San Francisco with my wife and kids.

I can always be reached at and am passably good at responding in a timely fashion.  My public key is on and Keybase.