Marco Palladino 06:40
Yes, me and my co founder agosto, we met in Milano, you know, our early 20s through common friends and you know, we started a business in Italy. We sold it But as you know, Italy, it's not really the right place to build a technology company. You know, I'm a big believer that, you know, of course, you have to be in the right place at the right time. And surely, if if we want to start a food business or a fashion business, we'll probably move to Italy. But if you want to start a technology business, we need to go somewhere else. And Silicon Valley and San Francisco certainly is a is that kind of place. And so, you know, we're, you know, we're already 20s we didn't have much money around. So, you know, everybody asks me, how did you end up in San Francisco? Well, quite frankly, I just drove to the airport, took a plane. And so we landed in San Francisco with with money to stay here and survive only for one week, but the return flight was three months later. So as soon as we landed, we had to ask for help quite immediately, and we start emailing people and you know, asking for help to you know, we're not we're not from here. We didn't know anybody here. So we had to build our network from scratch. And these entrepreneur back then, he answered to our call for help. And he said, You know what, you know, if you guys want to stay at my place for a few weeks, you know, you guys can sleep at my place. And you know, I was talking to my co founder, I'm like, should we go to these dice glaze. We don't know these guy. Is it dangerous? I don't know. But do we have money? No. So we have to go. So this guy was Travis Kalanick. Before he started ubirr he sold the white swoosh back then. And then, you know, there was, you know, in between selling red swoosh and starting goober, who was helping entrepreneurs. And so it was ours and other folks helped us, you know, get infused into the network. We signed our first Angel round at he's on his kitchen counter in San Francisco. I mean, and that's how it started. Really, you know, we built our first product. We We We raised the first money. We got the first customers, but but the idea was different. When we moved to San Francisco back then, the idea was not to start an API management business or a connectivity business, the business was to do something else. So we came to the US with a company called mash shape. So mash shape was an API marketplace, which ended up being the largest API marketplace in the world. And developers could could consume API's and publish API's that Others have built and gave me a really behind to this vision was that was the realization that API's are a third industrial revolution in this world, you know, like the first industrial revolutions. You know, we we assembled together different components to build an assembly line really, and build cars and build and build bridges and build, you know, appliances. API's are the assembly line of software, we can take API's that somebody else has built from within your organization from outside of the organization and assemble it together to create new software. So Matt shade was this marketplace where developers could publish API's and sell API's and consume API's to build software in a faster way. And those were the years where we started to see API only companies growing up for the first time like Twilio. Right. And that was a was it was incredible to see. Now it turns out, turns out that we trust To microservices quite early in our journey, and we needed to build an API gateway that was powering all of these API's that about 300,000 developers at the time, were publishing and consuming on top of mash shape. And you know, mash a had an ape logo because it was mash ape. And so what's the most famous ape in the world can come can come and so we call the gateway COMM And we built it for ourselves. Um, you know, we open source many things back then. And we open source conda as well. So it turns out that our transition to microservices and the in the in the requirement of a very fast, lightweight distributed gateway that we built for ourselves. First and foremost was something that everybody else needed as they transition to microservices. So we open source con all of a sudden comm just exploding adoption. Developers from all over the world organizations asking guys for enterprise support and enterprise features four point where we decided to divest the API marketplace and fully focused on calm. So my shape nk became calm Inc. And that's how and that's how we we are now with, you know, with with with a with a current company, you know, coming out it's much more than just the gateway. But that's how it all started.