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The Livin' On The Edge Podcast Series

At Ambassador, we're more than just a cloud-native application development company. We're a catalyst for change in how enterprises design, deploy, and manage microservices on Kubernetes.

About the Podcast Series

Join us to learn about best practices for releasing functionality via continuous delivery pipelines, and investigate the latest developer tooling, API gateway technology, and service mesh implementations.

In our "Livin' On The Edge" series, we interview practitioners and senior technical leaders from organizations such as HashiCorp, Lyft, GitHub, Ticket Master, Buoyant, and more.

Our Host: Jacob Beck

Jacob Beck is an Engineer turned Product Manager, who enjoys working to align engineering projects to help advance business goals. He focuses on bridging the technical capabilities of the product to the business. Prior to his role at Ambassador Labs, Jacob served as a software engineer at Target Corporation and Optum. Jake graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Outside of work, Jake loves to exercise, whether it's lifting weights or going on hikes with his 2 dogs.

Our Host: Markeo (Kay) James

Kay James is a solutions engineer at Ambassador Labs and currently resides in New York. Passionate about technology, good food, and creating great music, Kay enjoys being able to help others solve technology problems. Prior to joining Ambassador Labs, she graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.

All Episodes


Developer Control Planes: A Community Practice Engineer's Point of View

Apostolis Apostolidis (better known as Toli) joined Daniel Bryant in the latest Ambassador Labs podcast. Toli discussed the culture of software engineering, how best to engineer platforms to help teams achieve their goals, and how to set up and benefit from communities of practice. Here are some of the key takeaways from their conversation: Consider how to improve the craft of software engineering


Livin' on the Edge Podcast #4: Alla Babkina on Platforms as Products, 2020 Fullstack Engineers, and Observability

Key takeaways from the podcast included: If an engineering team decides to build an application platform, this must be treated like any other product within the organization. Requirements should be gathered from customers (e.g. developers), and the delivery and maintenance of the platform should be explicitly managed. Appropriate people, time, and resources should also be provided. Although the term “fullstack engineer” is probably over-used, in 2020 it is beneficial for engineers to understand an appropriate level of detail about several topics: programming language, algorithm design, and the underlying cloud platform.


S3 Ep3: Unlocking the Power of Istio and Coraza

Welcome to "Livin’ On the Edge" Podcast: Istio and Coraza Uncovered In this episode of "Livin’ On the Edge," we dive deep into the world of Istio and Coraza, exploring their roles in enhancing security and performance in cloud-native environments. Join us as we discuss with Jose Carlos, a key figure in the development of these technologies, the intricate details of how they are shaping the future of application development. Key Highlights of This Episode:


S3, Ep4: Platform Engineering Insights with Expert Michael Levan

Welcome to the "Livin' On the Edge" Podcast Episode: Platform Engineering Insights with Expert Michael Levan In our latest podcast episode, we delve into the often-misunderstood world of platform engineering, a topic that has been buzzing at events like KubeCon 2023. Join us as we sit down with Michael Levan, a renowned industry expert, to dissect what platform engineering really means for developers and organizations today.