Charity Majors @mipsytipsy CTO @honeycombio, ex-Parse, Facebook, Linden Lab; cowrote Database Reliability Engineering; loves whiskey, rainbows. I test in production and so do you. 🌈🖤 Jun. 21, 2019 1 min read

in honor of @SlackHQ ipo filing, I have a story.

once upon a time, I started a company with some friends. we called it  http://bloodhound.sh . we envisioned a little pup with a magnifying glass sifting thru machine data for actionable insights.

within weeks we shortened it to  http://hound.sh , which stuck until we got a cease-and-desist from hound-ci. 😢 desperate, the four of us (me/@cyen/@toshok/@maplebed) provisioned drinks and brainstormed names for hours:  http://trufflepig.io , datafairy and so on.

one of the concepts we loved the most had to do with bees: structured data, cooperation, diligence, sweetness. naturally all the normal terms and suffixes were in active use.

but then we noticed  http://honeycomb.io  was registered to slack, and didn't seem active. 🤔

we reached out and offered to buy it. but we had just a pinch of seed money and expected it to be out of our budget, or an agonizing choice.

but slack ⭐️gave us⭐️ the domain for free -- at the cost of the legal paperwork -- and threw in  http://hny.co  on top of it.

so happy ipo day, @slackhq. thanks again for your generosity, for bailing out a baby startup in desperate need of a name. this journey is 1% finished, and we'll be rooting for you all the way.

🐝📈🎉


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