Today we are talking to Eric Schrock, the CTO at Delphix.  And we discuss challenging yourself by exploring new dimensions of a business, how managing people is much different than managing a system and how Eric might just be the David Hasselhoff of technology writers.

All of this, right now on the Modern CTO Podcast!

Eric was a founding engineer at Sun’s Fishworks group that created the ZFS Storage Appliance product line. At Sun and later Oracle, he led the distributed data management and storage platform integration strategies. Prior to that, he worked on a variety of teams in the Solaris kernel group, including the ZFS, Zones, and fault management teams. He is a leader in the illumos community, holds two patents and has several pending. He joined Delphix in 2010 and has a BS in Computer Science, with honors, from Brown University.


Delphix connects data to people and accelerates innovation

With an unfathomable growth in data comes an unquenchable thirst to use that data for business advantage. Delphix’s mission is to connect people with the data they need to accelerate that innovation.

The Delphix Dynamic Data Platform allows data to be securely delivered to every stakeholder, across on-premise, cloud and hybrid environments at the speed and scale required to enable rapid development and delivery of applications and solutions. The platform provides the industry’s most comprehensive dataops solution, enabling companies to easily deliver and secure data, wherever it exists.

It reduces data friction by providing a collaborative platform for data operators (such as DBAs, InfoSec & IT Operations teams) and data consumers (such as developers, QA, Analysts and data scientists), ensuring that sensitive data is secured and that the right data is made available to the right people, when and where they need it.


  • Joel went to a data center for the first time this morning
  • What does Delphix do with data? Built a data platform that makes it easy to capture and secure data then deliver it
  • So much of today’s economy is being driven by data.  Every company is a data company
  • How did your passion for tech come about.  Loves creating things and having a positive impact.  Does woodworking. Jazz piano. Cooking. Art in school. Software engineering is the perfect combination
  • At what point were you like I want to be a CTO – Joined Delphix as an individual engineer. Had to think about “What is it that I’m trying to create?” – got to point in the career where he got a high degree of confidence.  Wanted to challenge himself in a new dimension. How do you build strategy, engineering culture.
  • favorite moment was when he saw his mentees mentoring others
  • CTO tends to be a highly personalized role
  • Explore the edges of their technology – spends a lot of time on strategy – R&D is close to 200 people
  • The challenge is not to have the office of roads to nowhere
  • How do we help the product work? Things that are on the edges of the product map.  Huge questions rooted in technology
  • Reached out to a lot of people in his network as he took on the role to find the balance
  • How often do you write? Published about once a week – tries to go through their tech council more than medium
  • Famous in Germany?! David Hasselhoff of Technology Writing
  • Diversity in Technology – recurring themes? 2 things that motivate him.  Creating things and having a positive impact. Creating corporate momentum around diversity and inclusion
  • Inclusive environment.  Need to listen to the diverse voices
  • Is voice / Alexa on your radar in the office of the CTO?
  • What’s your big takeaway from the transition from IC to Leader.  Naturally a system thinker. Default reaction is to articulate in the concept of a system.  It’s a useful skill but management is people and conversations. Spend a lot more time talking to people, having conversations.
  • What are you most excited about today?  1.5 Years ago, shifted the company from a tool to a platform that targets developers and users of data.  A platform is something you build for others to build on it. Giving people better building blocks
  • They get paid when data is ingested in to their platform
  • What metric do you find useful to track?  Spends a lot of time thinking about their community and their ecosystem around them.  How do you measure a vibrant community.
  • What tech trend do you believe will impact your team in the near term?  Sells to enterprises which are always like 5 years behind. Kafka – Kinesis – Amazon RDS
  • Why would a company not be successful in the transition to public cloud
  • Loves learning about scaling challenges
  • Any favorite leadership authors? Used to read a management book a month.  Evidence based books appeal to him. Drives him nuts when people publish a book that are like here are the 5 factors to success.

Joel Beasley

Joel Beasley founded the Modern CTO Podcast in 2017 while writing his book, the Modern CTO book, with the goal of interviewing CTOs and sharing their experiences with others in the tech community.

Joel’s conversational style and insightful questions quickly gained traction, attracting high-profile guests such as Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott, and T-Mobile’s CIO, Cody Stanford. With each episode, the podcast’s popularity continued to grow, and soon, Joel found himself with a waiting list of future guests.

Today, the Modern CTO Podcast has become the number one leadership and tech podcast in the world, with over 150k active listeners, including CTOs, lead developers, and rising tech leaders. Joel’s commitment to creating a conversational atmosphere for his guests to share their experiences has inspired a new generation of leaders and innovators.

As the success of the podcast grew, Joel founded ProSeries Media, a podcast production company that helps companies worldwide create their own podcasts. With a team of producers, content creators, and podcast bookers, ProSeries Media produces over ten shows, providing a platform for companies to connect with their audience and share their expertise.

Through his work on the Modern CTO Podcast and ProSeries Media, Joel Beasley has become a respected voice in the tech industry, inspiring others to share their knowledge and insights with the wider community. His passion for creating engaging content that informs, inspires, and entertains has made him a sought-after speaker and advisor on all things tech.

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