Dan Kohn ☁️👨‍💻

Dan Kohn

Executive Director,
Cloud Native
Computing Foundation




“Today, as the head of CNCF, Kohn is changing the way companies do business on the Internet yet again. And he’s doing it by advocating for the same spirit of technological collaboration that powered his history-making achievement in 1994.”

— IBM Industries, September 2018


Dan Kohn headshot (click for  larger size )

Dan Kohn headshot (click for larger size)

Dan is Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus. He also helped create the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative as an industry-wide response to the security vulnerabilities demonstrated by Heartbleed.

He previously served as CTO of several startups, including Spreemo, a healthcare marketplace, and Shopbeam, a shoppable ads company. Earlier, he was a general partner at Skymoon Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm that created startups in semiconductors and telecom infrastructure.

Dan helped manage a number of telecoms firms controlled by Craig McCaw and started his career as founder and CEO of NetMarket, one of the first Internet companies. In 1994, he led the development of the first music store on the web, conducting the first secure commercial transaction after building the first web shopping cart. When not traveling, Dan lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.

He can be reached at dan@dankohn.com.




Recent Talks

“CNCF executive director Dan Kohn said the broader story is that Kubernetes and containers are rapidly displacing virtualization as the go-to software deployment model”

— Fortune Magazine, August 2017


“China today has this classic example of a second-mover advantage where they just didn’t have the couple decades of previous investment into proprietary technologies. So they’re building up from scratch today, and looking at best practices from around the world.”

— Architecht podcast, June 2017

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Watch this 4 minute video (with sound) about my startup conducting the first secure purchase on the web in 1994
(November 2015)