The Advantages of Open Source Platforms with Douwe Mann

Clair Pacey on May 02, 2022


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In this week’s episode, we talk to Meltano cofounder and CEO Douwe Mann about his journey building Meltano, the benefits of open source platforms, and embracing user collaboration.

About Douwe Mann:

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Douwe Maan was introduced to computers early by his father, and picked up programming at the age of nine. While studying at Utrecht University, Douwe co-founded a SaaS startup that grew to $150k in ARR, which led to him joining GitLab in 2015 as employee number 10 after landing the parents of its CEO as customers. After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Douwe spent six months traveling the world, visiting and working with 49 colleagues in 14 countries on 5 continents. In early 2020, Douwe took over as the General Manager of GitLab’s internal Meltano project, which quickly gained traction and spun out of GitLab in early 2021 to become an independent startup under Douwe’s leadership. Douwe currently lives in Mexico City with his wife, who he met while traveling the world, and their two cats.

About Meltano:

Meltano is an open source data operations platform that supports data integration connectors for over 300 sources and destinations. Originally an internal project within GitLab, Meltano spun out in early 2020 to become an independent startup with $4.2 million in seed funding from investors, led by Alphabet’s GV. Today, Meltano has thousands of active monthly projects and is looking to bring the benefits of open source data integration and DataOps to a wider audience.

Clair Pacey

Clair is the founder of a one-woman media start-up, and is keen to share her experience and support other founders, notably in under-represented communities in tech. Clair's writing, media, and business consulting services can be summoned through smoke signals, or at