Erik has been a passionate software professional for more than 15 years, subscribing to the idea that software is a craft, not an exact science. Launching his career in his native Amsterdam in 1999, he served as chief architect for a financial market data startup until it was acquired in 2006, designing and coding both a real-time European-wide IP distribution platform for stock quotes, as well as a stock and options trading platform.
In 2007 he co-founded a Palo-Alto, CA based online real-time video distribution startup and acquired his first patent. In a deliberate move back to more hands-on coding, Erik joined Atlassian in 2008 and relocated to its headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Initially working on FishEye and Crucible, he later worked on various cross-product integration projects and in 2010 joined the newly formed team to run Bitbucket after its acquisition.
Currently based out of San Francisco, CA Erik continues to work on Bitbucket as a senior ButBucket architect, with a special interest in large-scale scalability and performance challenges. His efforts in these areas have resulted in several successful open source projects, relied on by Bitbucket as well as many other sites out there.