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About me

👋 Hi, I’m Yan Cui, I help people go faster for less using serverless technologies.

I have run production workloads at scale in AWS since 2009 and have a track record of improving businesses with technology. For instance, I lead a small team that transformed a social network with serverless technologies in a matter of months. We addressed the technical debt we inherited and added lots of new features along the way. Feature delivery time went from months to days, and sometimes even hours. The system became more scalable, reliable and was over 90% cheaper to run.

Before transitioning to consulting, I worked as a principal engineer or architect within a variety of industries ranging from banking, e-commerce, social networks to mobile gaming. I have worked in both start-up environments as well as large enterprises. My diverse experience helps me emphasise with clients and adapt my approach based on the client’s constraints and context.

I’m also a prolific writer, trainer, speaker, and regular contributor to open-source projects. I have taught thousands of developers through my workshops, courses and books. My articles on AWS and serverless have been read millions of times and have helped countless developers on their serverless journey. For my contributions towards the AWS community, AWS has recognised me as an AWS Serverless Hero since 2018.

In working with me, you’re not only partnering with one of the most respected and independent voices in the AWS and serverless space but also someone who gives a damn about your success because my success depends on it!

I consider my greatest strength to be my ability to quickly adapt to my client’s needs and constraints and offer pragmatic solutions to their problems. I will always advocate for positive business outcome over following rules. And above all else, I will shoot from the hip and tell you how it is, and that’s the value of me being independent.

If that sounds like someone you’d like to work with, then let’s talk.