About

This is my personal website. So who is Mark Verber? I am a husband, father, son, and brother to my family. I am a person of faith who strives to embrace love, truth, justice, mercy, and humility. I think society can be best judged by how it treats those with the least power. I want to make a difference, and leave the world in better shape than how I found it. I am a systems thinker. I believe that the world is complex with many inter-connections which means that small changes can often make a huge impact. I value the clarity that simplicity and the impact beauty brings to design and life.

I strive to live a healthy and fit lifestyle, I spending as much time as I can outdoors. I enjoy traveling, reading, and am a bit of an audiophile. I am often driven by my curiosity and love learning.

I now work for Hashicorp because their tao and principles align so well with my personal values and they make great products. I have spent most of my career in what is now called SRE or DevSecOps: an engineering approach to problems at the intersection of development, operations, and security. When I started my career we simple called it systems programming with the goal to build effective, reliable, secure systems which don’t require toil to maintain. I build systems which have “good bones” where the initial architecture is able to adapt to changing requirements while still providing relevant guidance. I am most proud of the service I co-architected with Brad Porter at Tellme Networks. In less that a year we built a system which achieve 99.995% serviceability and continued to achieve this for >15 years. Our architecture continued to guide Tellme through numerous technologies changes while the traffic grew three orders of magnitude and through several generations of staff.

I have been leading teams most of my adult life. I have a relational approach focused on pragmatic execution in the context of strategic objectives. Enough buzzwords in one sentence to be meaningless 😉 Relational: My management style was strongly influence by Greenleaf’s model of servant leadership. I empower not micro-manage, persuade rather than dictate. I believe people are most effective when the are driven by intrinsically motivate as described in Dan Pink’s book Drive, I focus on helping others grow. Pragmatic: We are working to produce something that gives value, not something that is perfect. Strategic: Make sure that our short term decisions don’t prevent us from reaching our long term objective. If you want to know more about my professional experience see my LinkedIn profile or ask for a current resume which has details I didn’t bother putting on Linkedin.

I am very gratitude to have been part of research communities at The Ohio State University, PARC, and Stanford. I had the privilege to be an industry advisor to several research programs at UC Berkeley led by amazing people including David Paterson, Randy Katz, and Ian Stoica. I fear that a great deal of wisdom that was uncovered in the academic and research community is unknown by many practitioners. I encourage people to read classic systems papers, apply design thinking, and use the scientific method.

This website which was started in 1990 and continued to be hand edited HTML until 2018 when I decided to modernize by converting to WordPress.  Some of my “new” posts are really old content that is finally being updated. I sometimes tweet things I find interesting.