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From master of Engineering Physics of Tsinghua University to open source entrepreneur of cloud computing

2020-11-09 19:27:28 Science and technology founder

2005 year —2011 year Microsoft
Fall in love with IT Master of Engineering Physics

Science and technology makers : Master of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University , Why do you choose IT As one's own career in life ?

Jiang Peng : When I was in college, I became interested in computers and software , I 1998 Went to university in , At that time, the Internet was far less developed than it is now , In Colleges and universities, we still use the education network 、 LAN , The platform for communication is BBS Mainly . At that time, what was more popular in Colleges and universities was Firebird A relational database system like this , Students who are more interested in software will go to BBS Get Firebird The system of , And then I'll be in Linux、UNIX perhaps FreeBSD Compiled on , Build a forum . It's time to graduate , I just wonder if it's better to be in the direction that I'm interested in .

Science and technology makers : What kind of consideration did you choose to join Microsoft after graduation ?

Jiang Peng :2005 In the year , A big foreign company like Microsoft , It's an attractive choice for anyone . At that time, it was not the same as it is now ,BAT It's not as hot as it is now , There are not too many Internet startups , If you want to engage in IT Industry or software industry , Big foreign enterprises are a good start for most people .

Science and technology makers :“ Big or start-up ”, quite a lot IT Professional graduates will tangle with this topic , What do you think are the gains and losses of choosing a large enterprise ?

Jiang Peng : The advantage is good treatment 、 The system is rigorous and standardized , Interpersonal relationship is relatively simple , My colleagues are excellent , There is a set of standardized new training system inside , And good institutions can effectively support people and people 、 Team to team collaboration .
The bad thing is , In large companies, most employees are just a screw , The areas of responsibility are very limited , Usually , If you don't try to break through the border , Your vision will be relatively small .

Science and technology makers : Looking back at the beginning of your career , What do you think is the most important decision ?
Jiang Peng : At Microsoft , I work for Microsoft's global technology center in Shanghai , It is mainly responsible for the technical support and service of Microsoft products , And technology centers have two different growth directions , One is to go deep into the back , Turn to the core product R & D team , The other is to turn forward , Become a technical expert , Communicate with customers , Help clients plan 、 The implementation of .
After two years at Microsoft , Find that you want to know more about the actual needs of your customers , So I chose to turn forward , Join the solutions specialist department PFE. At that time, we were in contact with some large enterprise customers , Like cars 、 Bank , More communication with these customers , Learn more about how to use the product in a customer scenario , What are the needs of customers , Whether the product evolution direction or iteration can really meet this requirement ? This is a rare learning opportunity . 

2011—2015 Citrix
Sharpen management collaboration in large solutions

Science and technology makers :2011 Why did you choose to join Citrix?
Jiang Peng : Working at Microsoft 6 Years later, , I have a relatively thorough grasp of Microsoft's product line , Want to challenge more .2011 Cloud computing is an era of surging clouds , Microsoft has a rich product line , but Azure At that time, the promotion in China was not very strong .Citrix Small size , But more focused and professional in Cloud Computing .

2011 year , I joined as a solution consultant Citrix, Although the nature of the work is similar , But the scope of responsibility is much larger . stay Citrix You need to provide a complete technical solution , Need to build solutions for customers from a business perspective , The solutions offered are not only Citrix Products , There will also be other open source solutions or third-party solutions .

Science and technology makers : What challenges does this new job bring to you ?

Jiang Peng : There are a lot of challenges in making a large overall solution , We have delivered complete automation of the global training department for well-known large factories 、 Cloud new environment delivery platform , This project is a combination of third-party closed source 、 Open source 、 Self research and other programs , Services are still being provided .

The first challenge is management , For the first time, I managed a mixed team of internal and external . Managing internal teams is relatively simple , Because they are relatively familiar with each other , The skill level of each colleague 、 You know what you're good at , It is easier to coordinate resources 、 Arrange the division of tasks . But with an external team , You only get to know him when you get into the project , It takes time to understand their skill level , Find out if they are suitable for this part of the job . In the first two or three months of the project , It's all about running in the team .

The second is the technical challenges of business complexity , No one did it in those days , It is not a mature software product , It's a new system that integrates various components into a whole solution , The technical challenge is big . We started out with an ideal plan , After half a year of code development, you can deliver one MVP Version to show customers , Complete the first phase of the goal . However, in the integration test phase , We found a lot of problems , I remember 2012 The end of the year is the most painful time , We're going to deliver the first MVP edition , It took nearly two months to do integration testing . The testing process is very complicated , It connects to a variety of systems , Each test takes a long time , A lot of problems have been exposed , It's hard to test 、 repair Bug Pain . In those two months, we worked into the early hours of the morning every day 3:00, The next morning I got up and went on .
Besides the challenge , This experience also made me understand open source software better , We have a more intuitive and profound understanding of the business model and influence of open source software .

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2016— so far Rancher
Challenge the prospective entrepreneur , What no one does has to do

Science and technology makers : There are two modes of awakening in growth , Or what kind of person I want to be , Or something I want to do , You seem to be the latter ?
Jiang Peng : Yes , Join in Rancher For a similar reason ,Rancher 2015 Enter China at the end of the year , There were only two employees in my early days Citrix My former colleague , They invited me to join , I went to learn about container technology , After understanding, I judged that the container may represent the development trend of technology , At least one . I've always been interested in Cloud Computing , I thought it would be good for my future growth and joined in , As for team size 、 Is it stable , I don't care much about .

Science and technology makers : in the capacity of Rancher Chinese pioneers , accurate · How about the entrepreneurial experience ?
Jiang Peng : Compared to a real business , At least we don't have to worry about the day when we can't pay ( laugh ), But the overall entrepreneurial experience should be similar , from 0 To 1 Team building for 、 The development of internal rules and regulations process 、 The establishment of various systems …… wait , We have all experienced .Rancher Early colleagues had many roles , Find out there's something nobody's doing , You need to do it .

Science and technology makers : From Microsoft to Citrix It's more like a personal ability upgrade , It's vertical , But entrepreneurial organizations may need more lateral capabilities , What are the challenges from outside the comfort zone ?
Jiang Peng : speech ( laugh ), I believe that many entrepreneurs of technical background have similar experiences , People who do technology are usually introverted , I don't like to talk in a crowded place , But in startups , A lot of times you have to make some speeches , Let everyone know more about your company and products . I'm not confident because I'm not good at it , More preparation is needed , I'll go through it again and again before the speech PPT, Simulate the speech process , Make sure you're ready before the tension subsides .

Science and technology makers : Talk about your understanding of open source software commercialization model ? A question that never stops, but there is always no standard answer .
Jiang Peng : There's an article about open source , The author is Peter Levine, He has a lot of experience in open source , It used to be XenSource Of CEO. He believes that successful open source software should meet three criteria :

First of all , Project and community match ,project-community fit, Can open source projects create a better developer community , Community members can contribute code actively to the project . With this as the standard ,Rancher It is a relatively successful open source project ,Rancher Currently in GitHub There are 15.6k Of star, It's the domain of container management platforms star The highest number of projects .

second , Product and market match ,product-market fit.PMF It's a core topic for any business project , It doesn't matter whether it's open source or closed source , There's no need to explain it .

Third , Value and market match ,value-market fit, Whether the software value proposition matches the customer's willingness to pay . This part Rancher Still groping , Although we already have quite a number of paying customers , But compared to the total number of users in the open source community , The proportion is still relatively low , This is the direction we are constantly exploring and moving forward .

Science and technology makers : Many technologists are faced with 35 Age dilemma , A lot of voices blame it on the iterative innovation of Technology , What do you think of this phenomenon ?
Jiang Peng : I think technical people must have the ability of continuous learning , But I don't think the iteration of technology will directly lead to the elimination of personnel , People who have the ability of continuous learning can always find more opportunities , It can also create a better business empire in front of strong enough competitors .

Rancher The founder, Dr. Liang Sheng, once wrote an article 《 For programmers 》, He mentioned , Many technical people think that job hopping for a high salary is IT Standard growth model of the industry , But he thinks it's more important to build a reputation than to earn a salary , And the way to build a reputation is “ To be the best in the world ”. In fact, there is the possibility of iterative upgrading in any industry , For example, Google is for search ,Zoom For video conferencing . Technologists may complain about IT New knowledge of the field 、 New languages emerge in endlessly , But there are many things in common , For a friend who has the ability to learn , He was able to quickly adapt to changes in the surface .
 

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