Jun Rao is a co-creator of Apache Kafka and a co-founder of Confluent, a company that offers an enterprise stream data platform on top of Apache Kafka. Before Confluent, Jun Rao was a senior staff engineer at LinkedIn where he led the development of Kafka. Before LinkedIn, Jun Rao was a researcher at IBM’s Almaden research data center, where he conducted research on databases and distributed systems. Jun Rao is the PMC chair of Apache Kafka and a committer of Apache Cassandra. He is the co-author of more than 20 referenced research papers, and the co-inventor of more than a dozen U.S. software patents.