Introducing Matt Richardson

Published on: 1 Aug 2016 by: Matt Richardson
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Hi, I'm Matt, and I'm the newest member of the Octopus team.

I've been writing software for about 19 years now - professionally at least - and for quite a few years before that... I remember getting excited when Visual Basic for DOS came out!

I've worked at a variety of companies, both in Australia and the UK; from starting a small software house to working for some of the top tier companies in banking, retail and e-commerce.

No matter where I end up, I always drift into making it easier to build, deploy and run software, leading me to have a big focus on CI, CD and DevOps. I feel that (while not perfect), the world of development has a lot of good patterns and practices for writing software, and likewise with the operations side with running infrastructure. The gap in the middle where software is built, deployed and monitored is the bit where the love is needed, so joining Octopus feels a great fit where I can help make the world a better place.

After 12 years in the UK ("I'm only going for a year; 18 months max"), its great to be back in Australia and enjoying my home country with my wife and kids. When I'm not coding, I'm usually chasing my two young sons around, and in the rare free time, I love photography, diving and crazy mud filled obstacle races.