Donald Sumbry

Head of Engineering

Sumbry is the Head of Engineering at Upbound, the company behind the open source project Crossplane. Upbound provides a platform for platform engineers to build and compose their own internal platforms.

Sumbry has over two decades of experience working in the platform, infrastructure, and reliability engineering space but comes from a non-traditional background. Having started his career as a software engineer, Sumbry has taken on a variety of roles over the years from founder to network engineer, software engineer, platform engineer, system engineer, reliability engineer, engineering manager, engineering leader and more.

Sumbry started his early career in several startups as the Internet grew in popularity and quickly learned how to build and scale infrastructure, striving to strike the right balance between solving the right technical challenges while ensuring the business continued to grow.

Sumbry eventually started several of his own businesses because he thought he had some good ideas but wanted to learn more about problem-solving from a product and customer perspective. Some great (and expensive) lessons were learned here are a big reason why Sumbry is heavily customer focused today. Sumbry always has his customer hat on, whether that customer is one of the business or engineering.

Sumbry is an Electronic Music DJ and producer in his free time, as getting away from the keyboard helped preserve his sanity. That was until technology eventually took over ever aspect of music production and DJing. Now he accepts that tecnology has taken over the world and never wants the human aspect to take a back seat.

Donald Sumbry

Head of Engineering

Sumbry is the Head of Engineering at Upbound, the company behind the open source project Crossplane. Upbound provides a platform for platform engineers to build and compose their own internal platforms.

Sumbry has over two decades of experience working in the platform, infrastructure, and reliability engineering space but comes from a non-traditional background. Having started his career as a software engineer, Sumbry has taken on a variety of roles over the years from founder to network engineer, software engineer, platform engineer, system engineer, reliability engineer, engineering manager, engineering leader and more.

Sumbry started his early career in several startups as the Internet grew in popularity and quickly learned how to build and scale infrastructure, striving to strike the right balance between solving the right technical challenges while ensuring the business continued to grow.

Sumbry eventually started several of his own businesses because he thought he had some good ideas but wanted to learn more about problem-solving from a product and customer perspective. Some great (and expensive) lessons were learned here are a big reason why Sumbry is heavily customer focused today. Sumbry always has his customer hat on, whether that customer is one of the business or engineering.

Sumbry is an Electronic Music DJ and producer in his free time, as getting away from the keyboard helped preserve his sanity. That was until technology eventually took over ever aspect of music production and DJing. Now he accepts that tecnology has taken over the world and never wants the human aspect to take a back seat.

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