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John O'Duinn

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Co-Founder, Stealth Startup. Previously Director of Release, Hortonworks.

Co-Founder, Stealth Startup. Previously Director of Release, Hortonworks.

6 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Back End Engineering
  • Full Stack Engineering
  • Operations
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Operations

Involved In


Stealth Startup


Geo-distributed organizations


Founder Stealth Startup March 2015 - present
Adviser and mentor Geo-distributed organizations April 2012 - present
Director of Release Hortonworks January 2014 - February 2015
Director of Release Engineering Mozilla May 2007 - December 2013
Senior Development Manager, Release Engineering Oracle June 2004 - May 2007
Release Manager Oracle December 2003 - June 2004
Principle Member Technical Staff Oracle February 1998 - December 2003
Senior Development Manager IBM September 1996 - January 1998
Development Manager AT&T February 1995 - September 1996
Development Manager Quay Financial Software November 1992 - February 1995


Dublin City University Computer Science 1992 - 1994
Dublin Institute of Technology Computer Science 1984 - 1986

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Bootstrapping
  • • Saas
  • • User Experience Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Software development • Web Development • Open source • Scalability • Distributed Systems

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

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Vannak Eng
We worked together  •  Events and Logistics Officer, DAI. Previously Webmaster, Open Institute.
John is a great person to work with. He is helpful, friendly and open-minded. He helps to guide me through technical steps to make firefox r ... elease in Khmer locale. This is a huge support from him.
Deborah Farrell
They're my friends  •  Network Services Manager, Alternative Technologies. Previously Senior Network Consultant, Alternative Telecom & Networks.
Although we were personal friends first and we work in somewhat different fields, John has provided me invaluable advice and very useful too ... ls for managing my all-remote team of help desk technicians in a service industry that is heavily biased against distributed teams. My team has flourished with the practices I've put in place thanks in part to his advice. John also graciously shared with me a very common-sense system of 360-degree review that he had developed for his own team. I used it as a basis for my own team's review process and saw immediate improvement in the quality of our feedback -- and ultimately, better results by any meaningful metric I could choose.
Gary Gilchrist
We worked together  •  Director, Architecture., Good Technology. Previously Principal Scientist, Adobe.
I have known John for many years. He has repeatedly brought ambitious ideas into reality; like rebuilding Mozilla's release pipeline to work ... at Cloud scale, or going off to explore exotic places in the world. John is a gifted communicator. His lectures on distributed team practices (based on his own experience) are in high demand. As an Advisor John would be a skilled listener and he would provide an honest well considered perspective.
Chris AtLee
We worked together  •  Senior Manager, Release Engineering, Mozilla Corporation. Previously IT Manager, Side Effects Software. University of Waterloo grad.
When I first got to know John, he was my manager. Since then he has become very much a trusted friend. John helped me learn about several u ... nique things in our time together at Mozilla: - How having a distributed team can be an advantage and strength for an organization - The importance of thinking through the entire product life cycle, and how to organize infrastructure in a way that suits the needs of the product and release cycle John and I have kept in touch since he left Mozilla, and I continue to rely on him for technical and career advice.

Jim Walker
We worked together  •  Vice President of Marketing, EverString. Previously Senior Director, Product Marketing, Hortonworks. Carnegie Mellon grad.
Not only is John super intelligent and organized, he is naturally enigmatic and personable. this is a rare mix