Oliver Thylmann (Co-Founder, CCO) and Henning Lange (Co-Founder, CEO) Maximilian Probst

Giant Swarm

Beyond Managed Kubernetes

Platform as a Service
Founded in 2014
24 employees
Funding: €3M
Stage: Angel

Giant Swarm accelerates enterprises by operating secure, multi-tenant Kubernetes environments on-premises and in the cloud. Website
Highlight of the year: The move into production of the fully managed Kubernetes platform.

Interview with Giant Swarm

What inspired you to found your startup?

We built the first iteration of what Giant Swarm is today for ourselves, and others wanted to have the same thing. They continued asking us to get it again and again.

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

We allow our customers to run native kubernetes clusters, with hard multi-tenancy, hybrid cloud portability, and enterprise security. We run it 24/7 for them, with exceptional support.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

A company with a healthy culture, serving happy customers and turning a profit doing it.

What do you want to achieve next year?

We want to continue growing in a healthy manner.

Why do people want to work at your company?

It’s a mix of culture, team, product and technology. We work together as a remote first, distributed team.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

Getting a Fortune 500 company into global production.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

We are competing with billion-dollar companies, and are beating most of them.

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

We are currently focussed on our company and do not worry too much about the general startup scene.

Giant Swarm was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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