Mark Fei lives in Seattle and, for nearly two years, has been with Confluent, the company founded by the inventors of Apache Kafka. Previously, Mark spent 5 years at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he obsessed about helping people understand the ins and outs of Public Cloud Computing. Mark is passionate about learning, speaking, teaching, and traveling, and has been doing so for over 20 years. Prior to AWS, Mark spent a couple of years at Cloudera, and before that five years at VMware. In his career Mark has done a few other interesting things, ranging from software development to running a bar at a Colorado ski resort.