Meet the team behind Holberton School

Founders

Sylvain Kalache and Julien Barbier have been working in the tech industry for many years. Previously working at LinkedIn and Docker, the two of them are experienced Senior Software and Operations Engineers, with a passion for education and community.

Sylvain and Julien are on-site, mentoring students and making sure that no one is left behind.

Sylvain

Sylvain Kalache

Formerly: Sr. Site Reliability Engineer at LinkedIn

Sylvain is a fan of system automation. His former role as senior SRE (Site Reliability Engineer) at LinkedIn, gave him opportunity to manage infrastructures handling millions of views and document conversions. While at LinkedIn he also co-created an automation framework called Skynet.

Before that, Sylvain was part of the small Slideshare startup team, as a DevOps and key player that contributed to the LinkedIn acquisition in 2012.

During his free time, Sylvain helps multiple startups as their Technical Advisor and participates frequently in hackathons. Additionally he co-founded while42, a Tech Engineer Network with 3,000+ members in over 50 cities across the world.

Sylvain is a globetrotter, having lived in 13 cities in China, Russia, France, and the United States.

Julien

Julien Barbier

Formerly: Head of Growth & Community at Docker

Julien graduated as a valedictorian from the European Institute of Technology, one of the top software engineering school in Europe. Through his career Julien wore many hats: he worked as a Software Engineer, a Product Manager, a Director of Marketing and a CEO in different tech companies. Julien also co-founded three startups and co-created several non-profit projects (hnwatcher, techmeabroad, while42).

Before founding Holberton, he was the Senior Director of Growth, Marketing and Community at Docker, arguably one of the fastest-growing products for developers, devops and sysadmins over the last few years, now heavily used by companies such as Google, Uber, Spotify, Yelp, eBay, PayPal, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, etc…

On top of growth hacking and community, Julien's specialties include low-level programming, system programming, and reverse engineering.

Mentors

Holberton School students regularly interact with real-life software engineers and industry leaders. Mentors help students in many different ways and ensure that the curriculum stays up to date. Some exercises and projects are created by mentors to keep skill levels current.

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Jaana Burcu Dogan

Jaana Burcu Dogan

Sr. software engineer at Google

Franck Yelles

Franck Yelles

Sr. software engineer at Apple

Previously: Google

Neha Jain

Neha Jain

Software Engineer at LinkedIn

Previously: Slideshare

Arnaud Coomans

Arnaud Coomans

Senior iOS Engineer at Instagram

Previously: Instaply

Ayesha Mazumdar

Ayesha Mazumdar

UX Engineer at Salesforce

Jerry Cuomo

Jerry Cuomo

Fellow & CTO at IBM

Florent Crivello

Florent Crivello

Senior iOS Engineer at Uber

Tammy Butow

Tammy Butow

SRE Manager at Dropbox

Previously: Digital Ocean

Sarina D'Mello

Sarina D'Mello

Localization Manager at Pinterest

Previously: Zynga, Yahoo, Apple

Emmanuel Cron

Emmanuel Cron

Software Engineer III at Youtube

Previously: Google

Aude Hofleitner

Aude Hofleitner

Data scientist at Facebook

Previously: Berkeley

Jules Walter

Jules Walter

Product manager at Slack

Nathaniel Felsen

Nathaniel Felsen

DevOps Engineer at Medium

Previously: Square, Qualys

Kate Volkova

Kate Volkova

Sr. Software Engineer at Microsoft

Previously: IBM, Google

Omar Alaouf

Omar Alaouf

Senior Site Reliability Engineer at LinkedIn

Jérôme Petazzoni

Jérôme Petazzoni

Docker Tinkerer Extraordinaire at Docker

Reza Malekzadeh

Reza Malekzadeh

Vice President of Business (Alliances, Products & Marketing) at Cumulus Networks

Previously: Cisco, VMware

Ludovic Landry

Ludovic Landry

Senior iOS Engineer at Uber

Previously: Apple

Elodie Ferrais

Elodie Ferrais

Android Lead Developer at Ticketmaster

Previously: Live Nation

Junior Joanis

Junior Joanis

Software Engineer at Total Immersion

Olga Sergeeva

Olga Sergeeva

UX designer

Marc Verstaen

Marc Verstaen

Board member at Docker

Previously: Oracle, Apple, Beatware

Stephane Blanchard

Stephane Blanchard

Director of Professional Services at Aspera

Mathieu Bastian

Mathieu Bastian

Founder at Gephi Consortium

Previously: LinkedIn

Kaelig Deloumeau-Prigent

Kaelig Deloumeau-Prigent

Design / developer advocate at Salesforce

Previously: BBC, Financial Times, The Guardian

Gregoire Villain

Gregoire Villain

Engineering Manager at Netflix

Ariane Zambiras

Ariane Zambiras

Research Senior Analyst at Fabernovel

Previously: Berkeley

Cyprien Noel

Cyprien Noel

Vision and Machine Learning Engineer at Flickr

William Brendel

William Brendel

Senior Research Scientist at Snapchat

Previously: Amazon, Youtube

Ophélie Pubellier

Ophélie Pubellier

Co-founder & CTO at NeuCoin

Stephane Sezer

Stephane Sezer

Software Engineer at Facebook

Previously: VMware

Nicolas Vincent

Nicolas Vincent

Senior Software Engineer at Techcrunch

Previously: Couchsurfing

Casey Brown

Casey Brown

Manager Site Reliability Engineering at LinkedIn

Dan Scholnick

Dan Scholnick

General Partner at Trinity Ventures

Florent Thoumie

Florent Thoumie

Production Engineer at Facebook

Deepa Subramanian

Deepa Subramanian

Co-founder & CEO at Wootric

Previously: Salesforce

Gregory Kokanosky

Gregory Kokanosky

COO & Co-Founder at TextMe

Ai Ching Goh

Ai Ching Goh

Co-Founder at Piktochart

Matthieu JOST

Matthieu JOST

CEO & co-founder at Misterbnb

Ludovic Champenois

Ludovic Champenois

Tech Lead/Manager Google Cloud at Google

Previously: Oracle, Sun

Anne Hardy

Anne Hardy

Board of Trustees Member at Anita Borg Institute

Sebastien Tricaud

Sebastien Tricaud

Principal Security Strategist at Splunk

Olivier Thereaux

Olivier Thereaux

Executive Producer at BBC

Previously: W3C

Michael Ortali

Michael Ortali

Software Architecture Consulting

Previously: Youtube, Pinterest, Google

Ashlynn Polini

Ashlynn Polini

DockerCon Manager at Docker

Alexis Lê-Quôc

Alexis Lê-Quôc

CTO at Datadog

Previously: Orange, IBM

Nicolas Thiébaud

Nicolas Thiébaud

Software Engineer at Google

Previously: Square

Samuel Pasquier

Samuel Pasquier

Director of Product Management at Cisco

Sam Alba

Sam Alba

Sr. Director of Engineering at Docker

Previously: Akamai

Arnaud Jamin

Arnaud Jamin

Technical Architect at Ubisoft

Stephan Ramoin

Stephan Ramoin

CEO at Gandi

Stéphan Gorget

Stéphan Gorget

Production Engineer at Facebook

Gregory Renard

Gregory Renard

CTO at xBrain

Previously: Microsoft

Louis Monier

Louis Monier

Founder and former CTO of AltaVista

Eric In

Eric In

Investment Director at Entrepreneur Venture

Previously: Société Générale

Jeremie Patonnier

Jeremie Patonnier

Front-end expert at Mozilla

Previously: Clever Age

Robin Berjon

Robin Berjon

Web Hacker at Standard Analytics

Previously: W3C

Laura Laban

Laura Laban

Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Pilot at Flying Development Studio

Previously: Nvidia

Laurent Mascherpa

Laurent Mascherpa

Co-Founder at Floop

Previously: Ubisoft

Thibault Bronchain

Thibault Bronchain

Developers Ambassador at Hyper

Louison Dumont

Louison Dumont

Founder at Bitproof.io

Armando Guereca

Armando Guereca

Lead Engineer at Kwarter

Victor Coisne

Victor Coisne

Community Marketing Manager at Docker

Gaëlle Mangin

Gaëlle Mangin

DevOps Engineer at Cloud Temple

Mickaël Camus

Mickaël Camus

Founder and Chief Science Officer at Daneel

Stéphane Deschamps

Stéphane Deschamps

Front-end expert (accessibility) and manager

Previously: Orange

Gilles Chehade

Gilles Chehade

System Software Engineer at Rentabiliweb

Georges Vieux

Georges Vieux

Senior database architect at ActivIdentity

Alex Khadiwala

Alex Khadiwala

Senior Engineer at Stitch Labs

Previously: Techcrunch

Nicolas Delecroix

Nicolas Delecroix

Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco

Previously: Google

Sébastien Pahl

Sébastien Pahl

Engineering Manager at Mesosphere

Previously: Docker, Cloudflare

Jean-Claude Junqua

Jean-Claude Junqua

Vice President of Innovation and Product Development at Panasonic

Rostom Cheikh-Aissa

Rostom Cheikh-Aissa

Quantitative Analyst Developer C/C++ at ENGIE

Vincent Delacourt

Vincent Delacourt

Co-founder & CEO at Adama Development

Selim Dogguy

Selim Dogguy

CTO at Instaply

Olivier de Villardi

Olivier de Villardi

Web project manager & designer

Previously: MACSF

Nathan Leclaire

Nathan Leclaire

Open Source Engineer at Docker

Thomas Texier

Thomas Texier

Senior Gameplay Programmer at Ubisoft

Sylvia Gallusser

Sylvia Gallusser

MBA teacher

Olivier Chatry

Olivier Chatry

Senior Software Developer at XVison

Anta Aidara

Anta Aidara

Software Engineer at Natixis

Philippe Masset

Philippe Masset

Front-End Engineer at Buffer

Giorgio Regni

Giorgio Regni

CTO at Scality

Michel Molongo

Michel Molongo

Software Engineer at Criteo

Blake Haggerty

Blake Haggerty

Talent Guy at CoreOS

Matthew Goldstein

Matthew Goldstein

Associate at Trinity Ventures

Pascal Bouchareine

Pascal Bouchareine

CTO at Gandi

Rudy Rigot

Rudy Rigot

Engineering Lead at Salesforce

Previously: Apple

Aswin Pranam

Aswin Pranam

Engineering Program Manager at Google

Previously: IBM, Boeing, The Walt Disney Company

Boris Guenebaut

Boris Guenebaut

Software Engineer, Technical Customer Support at Here

Damien Choizit

Damien Choizit

Managing Director at Group HN

Potluck Mittal

Potluck Mittal

Engineer at Clever

Fabien Potencier

Fabien Potencier

Founder of Symfony and currently CEO of SensioLabs and Blackfire

Guillaume Dumortier

Guillaume Dumortier

Product and Digital Marketing Lead at Algolia

Jeremy Selier

Jeremy Selier

Software Engineer at Google

Julien Chaintron

Julien Chaintron

Graphics Engineer at Apple

Nora Poggi

Nora Poggi

Director at She Started It

Quentin Perez

Quentin Perez

Developer at Scaleway

Soham Mehta

Soham Mehta

Founder at Interview Kickstart

Maria Vercetti

Maria Vercetti

Financial Analyst at Wells Fargo Bank

Jean-Baptiste Minchelli

Jean-Baptiste Minchelli

Director of Product Management at Salesforce

Nicolas Bacca

Nicolas Bacca

CTO at Ledger

Arun Jay

Arun Jay

Senior Product Manager at LinkedIn

Austen Collins

Austen Collins

CEO at Serverless

Brian Balfour

Brian Balfour

VP Growth at Hubspot

Previously: Trinity Ventures

Guillaume Plessis

Guillaume Plessis

VP Infrastructure at TextMe

Corentin Kerisit

Corentin Kerisit

Core team member at Zenly

Dominique Piotet

Dominique Piotet

CEO and Chief Rebel at Fabernovel

Edouard Munck

Edouard Munck

CTO & Co-Founder at TextMe

Frank Denis

Frank Denis

Software engineer at OVH

Previously: OpenDNS

Lamia Himdach

Lamia Himdach

Volunteer Instructor at Girls Who Code

Paulin Laroche

Paulin Laroche

CEO at Edecision

Lorine Salva

Lorine Salva

Designer at TextMe

Manfred Touron

Manfred Touron

CTO at Scaleway

Matthieu Tourne

Matthieu Tourne

Security Lead at Affirm

Previously: Cloudflare, Google

Sergey Skrobotov

Sergey Skrobotov

Software engineer at Apple

Previously: LinkedIn, Yandex

Michael Brodsky

Michael Brodsky

Project Director at Coutable

Jacopo Daeli

Jacopo Daeli

Head of Software Engineering at Pikichat

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Investors

Dan Scholnick

Trinity Ventures

Dan Scholnick

General Partner at Trinity Ventures

Marie Ekeland

Daphni

Marie Ekeland

Co-founder & General Partner at Daphni

Shauntel Poulson

Reach Capital

Shauntel Poulson

General Partner at Reach Capital

Jerry Yang

AME Cloud Ventures

Jerry Yang

Co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! & Founding Partner at AME Cloud Ventures

Nick Adams

AME Cloud Ventures

Nick Adams

Managing Director at AME Cloud Ventures

Nicolas El Baze

Partech Ventures

Nicolas El Baze

General Partner at Partech Ventures

Solomon Hykes

Solomon Hykes

Founder & CTO at Docker

Jerry Murdock

Jerry Murdock

Marc Verstaen

Marc Verstaen

Board member at Docker, Founder and former CEO of Beatware

Jon Boutelle

Jon Boutelle

Co-founder and former CTO of Slideshare

Louis Monier

Louis Monier

Founder and former CTO of AltaVista

Stephan Ramoin

Stephan Ramoin

President & CEO at Gandi

Eric Bardin

Eric Bardin

VP Finance at Docker

Alice Zagury

Alice Zagury

CEO at TheFamily

Archad Burahee

Archad Burahee

Associate Director at Hermes Corporate & Finances

Ed Zimmerman

Ed Zimmerman

Founder/Co-Lead at GrapeArborVC

Giorgio Regni

Giorgio Regni

CTO at Scality

Ophélie Pubellier

Ophélie Pubellier

Co-founder and CTO at NeuCoin

Guillaume Thibaux

Guillaume Thibaux

Co-founder and CEO at Quanta computing

Johan Euphrosine

Johan Euphrosine

Developer Programs Engineer at Google

Gregory Renard

Gregory Renard

CTO & Chief Visionary Officer at XBrain

Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz

Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz

Founding Partner at Expon Capital

Manfred Touron

Manfred Touron

CTO at Scaleway

Romain Lamaison

Romain Lamaison

Co-founder and Chairman at Quanta Computing

Laura Laban

Laura Laban

Co-founder & CEO at Flying Development Studio