Nat Welch

Software Reconnaissance Engineer

nat@natwelch.com +1 707 799 8675

I am a senior software developer based in Brooklyn. I have been writing software for the web professionally since 2005. I have two passions in software. The first is building beautiful tools for people to share knowledge, advice and experience. The second is creating reliable infrastructure that is easy to use and maintain.

Outside of the tech-world I am an Eagle Scout. I enjoy contributing to open source projects, writing, reading, listening to music and wandering through cities and countrysides.


Author & Speaker

Open Source Developer

I am the lead on the open source project fog-google (24.6 million installs) and also contribute to a bunch of other small projects.


Site Reliability Engineer November 2018 to present. Working on the Customer Reliability Engineering team. I help customers achieve Google-level reliability by partnering with them to implement SRE operational best practices. I spend my days traveling to ensure that customers are happy with their reliability on GCP and building tools to make it easier for customers to adopt and evolve SRE practices.

First Look Media

Lead Site Reliability Engineer March 2017 to October 2018. Migrated three services from Colos to AWS. Maintained Terraform config and AWS for company. Improved deploy reliability, wrote new features for most services and refactored entire ECS infrastructure. Mentored engineers around infrastructure, reliability and architecture design. Automated capacity planning, started a postmortem culture, and improved performance and reliability of our CMS platform. Wrote Go and Node.js with extensive work with a Graphql API.

Hillary for America

Staff Site Reliability Engineer January 2016 through December 2016. Promoted reliability in both our web serving infrastructure and data analytics pipelines. Survived constant attacks with only 15 minutes of downtime the entire campaign.

littleBits Electronics

Technical Lead August 2015 to January 2016.


Site Reliability Engineer April 2012 to March 2015.

Software Engineer August 2011 to April 2012. I worked on Punchd, Google Offers and Google Local.


Software Developer January 2011 to September 2012. Maintained backend app. Migrated to AWS.


Software Developer April 2009 to April 2011. Built Answers, improved wiki and image processors.

Pseudoweb Contracting

Software Developer 2005 to 2009. I was a software developer contractor dealing mainly in web design and Linux systems management. Had various internships at larger organizations during this time as well.

BSA Camp Oljato

Nature Director Summer 2006.

Camp Counselor Summer 2002, 2003 and 2004.


Computer Science, B.S. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Fall 2006 - Spring 2011.

Recurser Recurse Center, New York. Spring 2015