Richard Crowley

Engineer and engineering leader.  Recovering manager.


Danville, Kentucky → Washington University in Saint Louis → San Francisco.  I’ve worked at Flickr, OpenDNS, Square, Betable, and Slack.  Matt Tanase and I founded DevStructure in 2010 and created the now-defunct Blueprint configuration management tool.

I served as advisor to Opsmatic which became New Relic Infrastructure.  I am currently an advisor to Smallstep as well as 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.  I also serve on the customer advisory board for Amazon Web Services.

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 a Principal Engineer and the Operations Architect at Slack where I have held various engineering leadership positions since 2014.  I tolerate computers, like bicycles, am not a very good open-source maintainer, and live in San Francisco with my wife and kids.

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