The Akuity Story

Akuity founders

Akuity was founded by Argo co-creators Hong Wang, Jesse Suen, and Alexander Matyushentsev. Hong, Jesse, and Alex were founding engineers at Applatix, which open-sourced the Argo project in 2017. After Applatix's acquisition by Intuit in 2018, Argo exploded in growth with the additions of Argo CD, Rollouts, and Events and was accepted as a CNCF incubating project.

Our Mission

Akuity’s mission is to modernize the cloud-native application delivery landscape and provide a delightful end-to-end developer experience that just works.

Founders

Founder Hong

Hong Wang | CEO

Hong Wang is a founding member of Argo Project. Prior to founding Akuity, Hong was the Argo team manager at Intuit and built the control-plane used to manage hundreds of Kubernetes clusters and thousands of namespaces. Hong has extensive experience in distributed system projects ranging from storage to cloud infrastructure at Springpath, Cisco, and Yahoo. Hong received his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Founder Jess

Jesse Suen | CTO

Jesse Suen is the co-creator and a project lead on the Argo project. Prior to founding Akuity, Jesse was a Principal Software Engineer and technical lead for the Argo team at Intuit, leading the design and architecture for Workflows, CD, and Rollouts. Jesse was a founding engineer at Applatix (acquired by Intuit), building a platform to help enterprises run containerized workloads in the public cloud. Jesse received his B.A. in Computer Science & Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley.

Founder Alex

Alexander Matyushentsev | Chief Architect

Alexander Matyushentsev is the co-creator of the Argo project. Prior to founding Akuity, Alexander was a Principal Software Engineer at Intuit where he lead the development of Argo CD. Alexander was one of the founding engineers at Applatix (acquired by Intuit), where he helped create Argo Workflows - the workflows engine for Kubernetes. Alexander is passionate about open-source, cloud-native infrastructure, and tools that increase developers’ productivity.

Our Commitment to Open Source

Akuity

is a staunch proponent of open-source software. We believe it to be the best method of impactful and lasting software development. We also recognize that at a certain stage in a project’s maturity, OSS benefits from commercial backing to help take it to the next level. We started Akuity to advocate for the Argo project, share our knowledge and deep expertise of its capabilities, and become a trusted voice for its users.

Argo

is, and must always remain a fully functional, open source project and Akuity is firmly committed to those goals. The project would not be where it is today without the support of our incredible community and contributors, and we will invest in what’s needed to foster the project’s growth. This includes continuing our contributions to the project, supporting users with their issues, facilitating discussions and meetings, and promoting Argo every chance we get.

Investors and Advisors

We are proud to be working with some of the top minds and innovators in open source.

Decibel is an independent venture capital firm created to push the conventional boundaries of early stage investing. Decibel combines the speed, agility, and independent risk-taking traditionally found in the best venture firms, while offering differentiated access to the scale, entrepreneurial talent, and deep customer relationships found in one of the largest tech companies in the world.

Lead Edge leverages a group of over 500 strategic individual investors to add value to companies by connecting customers, partners, talent, and advisors to accelerate success. With $5B in capital, Lead Edge has supported phenomenal entrepreneurs to create enduring businesses.

Our Milestones