Platform Engineering with Cory O’Daniel


Platform engineering is difficult to get right, and in the age of DevOps and cloud computing, software developers increasingly serve as platform engineers while they’re building their applications. This can be an engineering challenge because organizations often require their platforms to provide fine-grained control and compliance management.

Cory O’Daniel is the CEO and Co-Founder of Massdriver, which he started in 2021 with the goal of helping engineering and operations teams build internal developer platforms. Cory’s company was in the 2022 Y Combinator class, and he has been hard at work developing his platform. He joins the show today to talk about how he thinks about platform engineering, and the challenge of abstracting away infrastructure.

This episode is hosted by Lee Atchison. Lee Atchison is a software architect, author, and thought leader on cloud computing and application modernization. His best-selling book, Architecting for Scale (O’Reilly Media), is an essential resource for technical teams looking to maintain high availability and manage risk in their cloud environments.

Lee is the host of his podcast, Modern Digital Business, an engaging and informative podcast produced for people looking to build and grow their digital business with the help of modern applications and processes developed for today’s fast-moving business environment. Listen at Follow Lee at, and see all his content at


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