Hi! My name is Max and this is my blog (duh!).

I’m a software engineer based in Berlin, Germany.

My passion is building open-source systems and communities. Ever since I started to contribute to open-source projects, I felt it’s how software develops most organically. I’m contributing to open-source software mainly in the distributed systems and database field. I’ve had the honor to help develop and improve the following projects:

  • Scalaris, a distributed transactional key/value store written in Erlang.
  • Yoka, a tool to run big data performance tests on cloud infrastructure.
  • Apache Flink, a distributed stream processing system with focus on reliability, correctness, and performance.
  • Apache Beam, a unified API to implement batch and streaming applications for a range of different execution backends.
  • CrateDB, a distributed SQL database for real-time queries on large amounts of data.

I’m an IntelliJ IDEA and Emacs user.

Besides coding and technology, music and playing the guitar are truly important parts of my life.

Hope you enjoy some of the content of the blog. If you have any questions, please contact me at max@maximilianmichels.com or message me at @stadtlegende.