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Driving Innovation with Data in Motion at Instacart

Instacart is the leading online grocery platform in North America and has partnered with more than 600 retailers to deliver from nearly 55,000 stores across more than 5,500 cities. In order to keep pace with the increase in demand, product availability and order volume fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the team had to reimagine business processes and rethink their architecture. Join Dustin Pearce, Instacart’s first Vice President of Infrastructure, who oversees the company’s Infrastructure Engineering, Security, and Data Warehousing teams, as he discusses the role that data in motion plays to deliver best in class customer experiences and how the team is unlocking innovation and business value by leveraging a fully managed service.


Dustin Pearce

Dustin joined Instacart in January 2020 as the first Vice President of Infrastructure, overseeing the company’s Infrastructure Engineering, Security, and Data Warehousing teams. Before joining Instacart, Dusty was the Director of Service Engineering at Slack where he scaled the company’s software infrastructure globally. While at Slack, Dusty founded the company’s SRE engineering and resilience engineering practices. Prior to Slack, Dusty was the Head of Platform at location technology company Life360, where he grew the engineering team tenfold.

Jun Rao

Jun Rao is the co-founder of Confluent, a company that provides a stream data platform on top of Apache Kafka. Before Confluent, Jun Rao was a senior staff engineer at LinkedIn where he led the development of Kafka. Before LinkedIn, Jun Rao was a researcher at IBM's Almaden research data center, where he conducted research on database and distributed systems. Jun Rao is the PMC chair of Apache Kafka and a committer of Apache Cassandra.