I am Mitchell Hashimoto, Founder and CTO of HashiCorp. Ask me anything!

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Hi Mitchell, here some of my questions.

  1. How do you recommend anyone who wants to start a startup in open source as solo developer and want to monetize?

  2. How do you keep up with Work and Life balance?

  3. How do you think AI will affect virtualization, cloud and infrastructure?

Thank you.

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How do you recommend anyone who wants to start a startup in open source as solo developer and want to monetize?

I answered this elsewhere! Check that out.

How do you keep up with Work and Life balance?

Create a schedule and be disciplined to stick to it.

For example, I only accept recurring meetings on Mondays and Fridays (with a couple exceptions for good reason). If another recurring meeting needs to be scheduled, another one has to go. I use T - Th for one-off meetings and to focus on other work.

Also, I have a mandatory policy for myself (and I highly encourage it for others) to take a 1 hour lunch break. I have a calendar block so no meetings can be scheduled during that break. Of course, I'm practical and make exceptions once in awhile, but I'll just shift my 1 hour. I almost always take a full 1 hour break every day.

I built a home gym for myself. It wasn't cheap, but can you really place a price on personal health (for money that would be spent on non-necessities anyways)? This means I can interrupt my day to work out for 30 or 45 minutes, and I don't have to commute to a gym. I can shower at home right when I'm done. It is very efficient and I work out much more because of it.

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Oh whoops just saw this one:

How do you think AI will affect virtualization, cloud and infrastructure?

I think basic AI concepts will start making their way into it. We announced "Vault Advisor" at HashiConf last year (a paid feature) that is basic AI. It watches access patterns to Vault along with the way you've configured your policies and recommends improvements.

I think for AI to be useful, we need to have a firm grasp of the underlying layers and I don't think we're quite there yet, but closer than we've ever been for sure.