In my never ending quest to consume all things serverless, I often find myself scouring the Interwebs for new and interesting serverless articles, blog posts, videos, and podcasts. There are more and more people doing fascinating things with serverless every day, so finding content is becoming easier and easier. However, this increase in content comes with an increase in noise as well. Cutting through that noise isn’t always easy. 🙉
Great content with valuable insights
I personally love reading articles that introduce new use cases or optimizations for serverless. Stories about companies using serverless in production and how their architectures are set up are also extremely interesting.. I’ve been working in the serverless space for several years now, and have come across a number of people who produce and/or share really great content. I’ve put together a list of 25 people that I follow and enjoy their content regularly. Hopefully these people will help you learn to love serverless as much as I do. ❤️⚡️
A few notes on this list
Putting this list together was much harder than I thought. There are so many amazing people in the serverless community doing great things, that narrowing down this list made me feel a bit uncomfortable and judgy. I tried not to leave anybody out, but I also didn’t want 100 people on the list either. I tried to take an objective approach, with regular content production being the most important factor. I know how hard it is to create content on a regular basis when it’s not your full-time job. The people on this list that do produce independent content consistently, hats off to you 🎩. For those that do it as part of their job, thank you to your employers for giving you the time to do it, and thank you for sharing your knowledge and insights. 🙌
I’m also well aware that this list is severely lacking in diversity. I try not to live in a bubble, so please let me know if I’m missing any important voices out there that are sharing serverless content.
Okay, so here’s my list (in no particular order):
Forrest Brazeal @forrestbrazeal
Forrest is an AWS Serverless Hero, a Cloud architect at Trek10, Inc. (@Trek10inc) and a regular contributor to A Cloud Guru. His “serverless superheroes” series is a must read. He also creates the FaaS and the Furious comics and is a regular host of the Think FaaS Podcast. More about him here.
Alex DeBrie @alexbdebrie
This guy though. Alex is a developer at Serverless, Inc. that always seems to be on top of stuff. He brought us SQS trigger integration just days after AWS announced it and is a regular contributor to the Serverless blog.
Ben Kehoe @ben11kehoe
Ben is an AWS Community Hero that has been pretty vocal in the serverless space. While he purportedly spend his days as a Cloud Robotics Research Scientist at iRobot making serverless Roombas, he also seems to be speaking at every serverless conference there is. His blog hasn’t been updated in a while, but it is still a treasure trove of great serverless articles.
Andrea Passwater @andreapasswater
Andrea is the Lead Content Strategist at Serverless, Inc., and even though she describes herself as someone who “composes tweets and blog posts for a living” (instead of being a developer), her contributions to the Serverless blog are useful and interesting. While us developers are busy coding, she’s doing great work wrangling content for us.
Ryan (@KroonenburgRyan) and Sam Kroonenburg (@samkroon)
Technically two people, Ryan and his brother Sam founded A Cloud Guru, which provides training for AWS and other cloud platforms. They also started a little thing called Serverlessconf. Ryan is an AWS Community Hero and Sam is a regular speaker. While most of the content they create is behind a paywall at acloud.guru, the blog has a ton of great community content.
Tom McLaughlin @tmclaughbos
Tom is the founder of ServerlessOps (@ServerlessOpsIO), a consulting firm that provides Serverless infrastructure training and advisory services for DevOps transformations. He’s quite prolific via the company’s blog with lots of interesting posts.
Marcia Villalba @mavi888uy
Marcia might be the hardest working woman in serverless. She’s an AWS Serverless Hero that produces fun and creative videos like it’s nobody’s business. Her FooBar channel on YouTube is loaded with great serverless content and tutorials and she publishes new videos every week. Check out her blog too.
Peter Sbarski @sbarski
Peter is the VP of Engineering and VP of Content at A Cloud Guru. He’s an AWS Community Hero, he heads up Serverlessconf and he wrote a book about Serverless architectures on AWS.
Yan Cui @theburningmonk
Yan is hands down my favorite source for serverless content. He’s a Principal Engineer at DAZN, an AWS Serverless Hero, and most likely has a standing invitation to speak at every serverless related conference or event. He also has a super technical blog and his Production Ready Serverless video course that you should definitely check out.
Aleksandar Simovic @simalexan
Aleksander is the co-author of Serverless applications with Node.js, a core team member for Claudia.js, and an AWS Serverless Hero. His blog has a few older articles, but you should definitely check out his apps in the Serverless Application Repository.
Slobodan Stojanović @slobodan_
Slobodan is the CTO at Cloud Horizon and co-author of Serverless applications with Node.js. He publishes regularly to his blog and his posts are EPIC (the illustrations are amazing as well).
Bret McGowen @BretMcG
Bret is a Developer Advocate for Google that does a lot of speaking. I really like Google’s approach to serverless, so it’s interesting to watch Bret speak. A quick Google search will reveal several of his talks.
Ory Segal @orysegal
Ory is the CTO & Co-Founder at PureSec, a serverless security firm that just released their product. I’ve been watching this space for awhile and I really like what Ory and his team are doing. From a content perspective, he writes frequently on the company blog with not just interesting things the company is doing, but some really great insights into serverless security.
Jeff Hollan @jeffhollan
Jeff is a Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Azure Functions. If you’re an Azure functions junkie, his Twitter feed is the place for you. He’s always sharing interesting posts. His blog has a lot of interesting Azure related articles as well.
Adrian Hornsby @adhorn
Adrian is a Cloud Architecture Evangelist with AWS and he produces some of the most interesting and useful serverless content out there. Check out his blog for several in depth technical articles around resiliency and scale.
Chris Munns @chrismunns
If there is serverless, Chris will be there. Chris is a Senior Developer Advocate for Serverless at AWS and somehow manages to be in multiple places at once. His Twitter feed is a great source for serverless news and innovations and you can find him speaking everywhere from Serverlessconf to a meetup in your cousin’s garage.
Austen Collins @austencollins
Austen is the CEO and creator of the Serverless Framework. He’s also a member of the CNCF Serverless WG that is creating specifications to standardize Cloud Events. Serverless was outfront with the tools to drive serverless adoption and has continued to innovate around multi-cloud event gateways and serverless components. Though he doesn’t produce regular content, it’s definitely worth paying attention to him and his company.
James Thomas @thomasj
James is a serverless developer advocate at IBM Cloud. He’s heavily involved in the serverless community, a regular conference speaker, and he writes some really great posts on his blog.
Rodric Rabbah @rabbah
If there was ever a serverless expert, Rodric is definitely it. He is the co-creator of Apache OpenWhisk (@openwhisk) and writes a lot of great posts on his blog. You can learn more about Rodric and the other stuff he’s done here.
25 seemed like such a good number 🤦🏻♂️
Okay, this is a total cop out, but I couldn’t actually narrow it down to only 25 people. There are so many others that should totally be this list, but 32 just seemed like a strange number. Below are seven more people who are adding their voices to the serverless community or are innovators in the space. They aren’t necessarily producing content regularly, but their ongoing contributions definitely capture my attention.
Rupak Ganguly (@rupakg) and Eslam Hefnawy (@eahefnawy) from Serverless, Inc. (@goserverless)
These two are regular contributors on the Serverless blog (which you should definitely keep up with) and both bring tremendous value to the serverless space. Rupak focuses on advocacy and trying to get more enterprises to adopt serverless tech. You can even catch him hosting the occasional webinar. Eslam is one of the co-creators of the Serverless framework and continues to create other great open source projects. Keep an eye on his Github account too.
Adam Johnson (@adjohn) and Erica Windisch (@ewindisch) from IO|pipe (@IOpipes)
CEO and CTO, respectively, these two co-founders were quick to realize that observability in serverless applications was going to be a major issue. Adam keeps his finger on the pulse of serverless and his Twitter feed is a great source of content. Erica has been doing quite a bit of speaking lately, including an awesome keynote at Serverless Days London. I’d link to it for you, but it doesn’t appear to exist anywhere, which is a major bummer. She’s also an AWS Serverless Community Hero. There is some good content on their blog, though a lot of it focuses on their product.
Gal Bashan @BashanGal
Gal is a software researcher and developer at Epsagon (@epsagon). He’s published a couple really interesting articles on his blog. There isn’t a ton there right now, but I’ll be waiting to see what he published next.
Sasha Rosenbaum @DivineOps
Sasha is an Azure Global Black Belt at Microsoft and has been doing a lot of speaking and advocacy for Azure lately. She wrote a book Serverless computing in Azure with .NET too. I’m not a huge .NET fan, but if you’re into that sort of thing, her Twitter feed is for you.
Paul Johnston @PaulDJohnston
Paul was one of the co-founders of this whole ServerlessDays (formerly Jeff) thing. Which is pretty cool. He spent some time at AWS as a senior developer advocate for Serverless, but has since decided to move on. He has some older articles on his personal blog, but I included him here mostly because of this post: Serverless: It’s much much more than FaaS. I like the way Paul thinks about serverless and I’m really curious what he’ll be up to next.
I know I missed a ton of people!
Who else did I miss? Please let me know if there is anyone who is shouting SERVERLESS from the rooftops that isn’t on this list. I’ve also created a Twitter list to find these accounts more easily.
I hope you enjoyed this list and that you find it useful. I also write about serverless quite a bit, so check out some of my posts as well.
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