What does Turso mean?
Meet Iku, the Turso
Iku-Turso is a mythological Finnish sea creature that is an elemental force of nature. When we created Turso this seemed the ideal “spirit animal” for what we were building, and we named our mascot Iku.
We are explorers. We thrive on delivering trailblazing products that make developers’ lives easier and actually work. We are constantly listening for feedback from our users about how we can improve on how things have always been done.
While technically San Francisco based, we are a truly globally distributed remote work company based on four different continents. We have twelve countries and nine time zones represented and we all collaborate remotely together.
We are the opposite of hierarchical. We thrive on sharing ideas while not being dogmatic about them, and everyone has a seat at the table. But our users always sit at the head of the table, and their needs are our ultimate organising principle.
Our Founding Team
Our team has decades of experience in building low-level core infrastructure like the Linux kernel, distributed NoSQL databases, and search engines.
Glauber started his career working with the Linux Kernel (where he met Pekka).
Through companies like IBM and Red Hat, he worked with Virtualization technology, storage and containers. He then spent almost a decade at ScyllaDB, serving as VP of Field Engineering and designing core features of the database. Right before Turso, Glauber worked as a Staff Engineer at Datadog, where he authored the Glommio Rust async executor.
Dejan was an early employee at Endeca, the search engine that invented faceted search.
He went on to be a Staff SWE at Google, an entrepreneur, and the author of the RamFuzz system for automatic generation of C++ unit tests. He met Glauber and Pekka while consulting at ScyllaDB and immediately recognized elements of a winning team.
Pekka was an early employee at ScyllaDB, a company initially working on an operating system OSv before pivoting to Apache Cassandra compatible distributed database product. Today, Pekka’s interests lie in the intersection of distributed, database, and operating systems. Prior to ScyllaDB, Pekka was a Linux kernel maintainer, contributing to memory management, virtualization, and other areas. Pekka also did back-end development when Java was the primary server-side technology in his past life.