About me


Bernd Verst, Developer Advocate

Hi, I’m Bernd, a cloud developer advocate on the Azure team at Microsoft.

At Microsoft my focus areas are Linux, Containers (in particular using Kubernetes) and Python.

Did you know the federal government operates a Kubernetes cluster and open-source Cloud Foundry in the public cloud to make government more efficient? Before joining Microsoft I worked for the United States Government (18F / General Services Administration) on cloud.gov enabling government dev teams to ship web apps the modern way. My experience truly spans a variety of cloud providers and technologies:

  • At Google Cloud I focussed on App Engine, helped a then tiny startup called Snapchat with application architecture, and worked on the GA of Google Compute Engine.
  • At Twitter I learned anything and everything about ad tech and deployed production apps to Apache Mesos.
  • At several startups in Silicon Valley, such as Sift Science (YCombinator Summer ‘11), I used a variety of AWS services.

Outside of work I enjoy running (half marathons and longer distances), playing jazz piano, karaoke, studying Chinese Mandarin, and engaging in a variety of outdoor activities. I’m passionate about mentoring students and those early in their careers to help them land their feet in the tech industry.