Dan Kohn

Dan Kohn

Executive Director,
Cloud Native
Computing Foundation



  • Dan leads the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
  • He consults for companies and advises startups focused on cloud, security, open source and enterprise software development.
  • Some recent projects:
    • The Cloud Native Landscape
    • The 30 highest velocity open source projects
    • Why I recommend the Apache Software License
    • DevStats, analysis of Kubernetes contributions
    • The CII Best Practices Badge
    • Presentation: A Brief History of the Cloud
    • Presentation: Migrating Legacy Monoliths to Cloud Native Microservices Architectures on Kubernetes
    • Changelog interview

“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


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

“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)