Ben is an engineer and architect working on the Apache Kafka Core Team at Confluent Inc (the company behind Apache Kafka). He's worked with distributed data infrastructure for over a decade, switching between engineering products and helping companies use them. Before Confluent he designed and built a central streaming database for large investment bank. His earlier career spanned a variety of projects at Thoughtworks and UK-based enterprise companies. Find out more at http://benstopford.com.