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About Gremlin

Gremlin is building resilient systems through chaos engineering – a new engineering philosophy that safely injects failure into systems to proactively identify and fix unknown faults. Gremlin aims to make the internet more reliable and prevent costly outages, by empowering engineers to safely experiment on complex systems in order to test assumptions and build more resilient software.


The adoption of cloud computing and the trend of microservices has created infrastructure that continues to mature and reveal new ways to develop, deploy, and operate applications that were never before possible. This has created a complexity gap – systems are now too complex for any engineer, or team of engineers, to predict how and when it could fail.

Because of the increased complexity of systems leading to more opportunities for unforeseen failures, engineering teams are constantly getting paged at odd hours to triage outages that are avoidable, leaving engineers on the brink of burnout. On top of it, the business is losing big money and creating mass customer frustration with every outage.

The numbers tell us the depth of this issue:

  • 40% of IT managers report burnout as their biggest concern for teams
  • There is a 2-year turnover rate for half of all software engineers in the Bay Area - compared to other professions where workers stay an average of 4.2 years
  • On average, 60 minutes of downtime costs businesses more than $300,000

With Gremlin, any company operating on the internet can fundamentally make their systems more reliable, reduce outages, and prevent potential millions in losses and customer dissatisfaction. 


February 2018 -- The Gremlin Community is born for sharing resources and helping others build more resilient systems

December 2017 -- Gremlin officially launches, announces $7.5Million Series A Funding

November 2017 -- Gremlin wins “rookie of the year” at AWSre:Invent 2017

January 2016 -- Gremlin is founded by Kolton Andrus and Matthew Fornaciari, the first company to offer Chaos Engineering-as-a-Service

September 2014 -- The role “chaos engineer” is coined

January 2012 -- Netflix shares the source code for the Chaos Monkey on Github

July 2009 -- Kolton Andrus builds fault injection at Amazon


  • Kolton Andrus, CEO
  • Matthew Fornaciari, CTO


  • Index Ventures
  • Amplify Partners


  • Expedia, Twilio, Confluent, and Remind
Total Funding
11-50 employees
Located in San Jose, CA, United States

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