Wake Forest-based TruStacks has a bold goal: to solve software delivery issues within the next five years. But it’s one that co-founders Gary Shaffer and Jared Patrick, who spawned their consulting firm Cornerstone startup, are confident they can achieve it.
Patrick says: “Our goal is to enable you to reduce your operational complexity, keep your intellectual property focused on the product, increase your recruiting capacity and lighten the burden of delivering software without entering a new area of expertise. to be.”
As a DevOps orchestration platform, TruStacks helps businesses stop wasting time configuring their own tools and integrations. The platform has built-in best practices based on well-known frameworks.
“We’re bringing developers to the point where they don’t feel like they always have to open the hood when something goes wrong,” Patrick said. “Just focus on your code, and if it breaks, we have a procedure to fix it.”
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Patrick and Shaffer met in their church years ago when Shaffer was already leading Cornerstone in Wake Forest. Once Patrick got on board, the duo noticed some similarities in the way companies solved problems with DevOps. So they wanted to figure out how to product a solution.
Their first effort was with a product called Zero, which they released in 2020 through the RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP). The accelerator prompted them to make some changes, narrow their focus, and finally start TruStacks this year.
Patrick and Shaffer said TruStacks is different from its competitors because it standardizes the software delivery process so companies can save time and just run their code.
TruStacks is now fully booted and creating an open source version of their product that is pre-configured for each program. They plan to unveil the latest TruStacks version by the end of the year, but the process of getting here requires the founders to remain patient.
“If you’re impatient and don’t have the ability to persevere, you’re probably just going to stop,” Patrick said. “As engineers, we want it to be perfect. We just want it to work. But you have to dare to say: start small.”
The ability to change course when you realize something is going the wrong way is also vital, he added.
“Tackling and identifying what is a minimally viable product is probably smaller than you think,” Patrick said. “Throughout the process, I had to be very willing to let go of what I thought was the right thing.”
When Zero turned into TruStacks and the pandemic happened to hit around the same time, Shaffer said they were being revived to move the company forward.
“We had this vision of ‘let’s put our hands on the keyboard and actually make it happen,'” Shaffer said. “And we still have the same vision. Only now we are finally able to start with something small, which is consumable, but also scalable.”
As Covid also had a dramatic impact on staffing levels, TruStacks has had an increasingly powerful selling point in the sense that they work to maintain developers’ frameworks no matter which employees come and go.
“If they were built by any architect or engineer and that person leaves, they may have taken all that knowledge with them,” Patrick said. “And then it can even put an organization in a very dangerous position, because today’s modern systems become tomorrow’s legacy systems.”