About StepZen

StepZen helps you build GraphQL faster, deploy in seconds, and run securely and efficiently. Frontend teams access the data they need and with zero infrastructure to manage, developers can focus on crafting modern data-driven experiences.

Whether backends are REST, databases, or GraphQL, your team can be up and running, delivering a flexible GraphQL layer in days, not weeks or months. Your APIs are concise and declarative and run on StepZen with built-in performance, cost, and reliability optimizations.

Our Team

Distributed around the globe, StepZen is a team of industry veterans with key contributions to database tech' (Postgres, Db2 & Derby), APIs (Apigee), and cloud-scale deployments (Apigee & Google Kubernetes Engine).

Between us, we have over 70 patents, 100 academic papers in top-tier journals and conferences, best paper and test of time awards, 5 PhDs, honorary professorships, an IBM Fellow, and an IBM distinguished engineer. We helped build and scale new products (Db2, Apigee) and were on the leadership team that took Apigee public, and later, its sale to Google. We are excited to now be part of the GraphQL world where app development, data, APIs, and databases so beautifully intersect!

Anant Jhingran

Cofounder & CEO

I loved the idea of being part of creating a company that changes the world, but also creating a culture that lives long after we are gone. At StepZen, I am working on something that brings two of my loves (databases and APIs) together, and I am doing it with people I respect and enjoy working with.

Anant Jhingran

Sridhar Rajagopalan

Cofounder & CTO

You’ve got to do something that is meaningful to you, meaningful to your customers, and work with people who inspire you. The rest takes care of itself.

Sridhar Rajagopalan

Helen Whelan

Cofounder & CBO

My Zen place is solving problems with smart people who bring diversity of thinking, cultures, and disciplines. It’s magic when you can couple that with building things that users truly care about. I'm proud to be on this journey with a team of smart, opinionated, curious, funny and yeah, quirky Steprz!

Helen Whelan

Lucia Cerchie

Developer

I joined StepZen because I was thrilled by the elegant solution it provides for developers. No more juggling data sources! Plus, the company culture is awesome.

Lucia Cerchie

Herman Camarena

Developer

StepZen was one of the easiest decisions in my career. Today’s developers are writing uber complex applications that process data from diverse and complex sources. With experience in APIs, data sources, large scale applications and complex infrastructure, I believe we are building a platform that simplifies development and operational tasks.

Herman Camarena

Bobbie Cochrane

Developer

Bridging the gap between applications and data has been a career-long passion, and the opportunity to be in the center of advancing today's technology with an extremely brilliant set of people is phenomenal!

Bobbie Cochrane

Roy Derks

Developer Products

Over the course of my career I’ve interacted with databases and other data sources in lots of different ways. But I always felt something was missing in these approaches, the data that you’re requesting was either hard to detach from surrounding structures or not customisable enough. GraphQL has changed this, and products like StepZen make GraphQL understandable and scalable to the masses.

Roy Derks

Dan Debrunner

Developer

Interesting and challenging technical problems, an excellent team with focus, working with developers and having fun doing it. StepZen, I couldn’t say no.

Dan Debrunner

Johannes Eriksson

Developer

The promise of a fully declarative approach to API integration, with the delivery pipeline managed by a performant engine rather than traditional backend "plumbing" code, sounded to me like an absolute boon for modern web app development and the underpinning of the developer experience of the future. An awesome team already working on making this promise reality made it impossible to resist.

Johannes Eriksson

Carlos Eberhardt

Customer Success

Since the days of writing cgi-scripts and spitting out ugly HTML, I've loved building things on the Internet - and looking for an easier way to do it. Technical capabilities have exploded, but so has complexity. Today we have countless opportunities to simplify the work of creating and building. I'm excited and proud to be working with a team of people I respect and who share my passion for finding a better way.

Carlos Eberhardt

Samuel Hill

Developer

Siloed backends and databases leave frontend developers in a continuous cycle of hacking together one-off, non-reusable connectors. I joined StepZen to streamline these issues that frontend developers face daily, to have a blast building integrations with an amazing team and to help developers get back to doing what they love - building powerful software.

Samuel Hill

Charlie Kim

Developer

Found a place to make an impact and have some fun along the way. Truth be told, Herman made me do it!

Charlie Kim

Viktor Lukashov

Developer

I believe in the idea and the team behind StepZen. Accessing heterogeneous APIs from the frontend is a hard problem and StepZen offers an elegant solution. I experienced that problem myself and I am thrilled to be building a tool that solves it for other developers, making them more productive.

Viktor Lukashov

Aashish Sharma

Business Development

After learning about StepZen I was immediately intrigued — not only by the solution but by the folks who worked to create it. The company culture is amazing so it was a no-brainer for me to join this talented group of people!

Aashish Sharma

Investors and Board Members

We're thrilled to be supported by investors and board members from a wide variety of backgrounds and with stellar track records building value.

Swaroop 'Kittu' Kolluri

Neotribe Ventures

I fell in love with the non-obvious insights that StepZen had--APIs can intelligently wire themselves across multiple backends, using machine learning and database techniques. That, plus a great team, made Neotribe’s investment totally obvious!

Swaroop 'Kittu' Kolluri

Peter Wagner

Wing Venture Capital

I love the way StepZen uses complex technology to simplify. Powerful intelligence is put to work “behind the scenes” to simplify, accelerate and scale front-end development. StepZen’s unified backend has the potential to unleash a new wave of developer creativity.

Peter Wagner

Chet Kapoor

CEO DataStax

I love the mission to speed up and massively simplify app development. I believe StepZen has the product vision that'll crack the code on the problem of orchestrating the complex data developers need to build today's most engaging user experiences.

Chet Kapoor

Advisors

With years of experience in technology, various industries, and the market we are grateful for the advice, the sounding board, and so much more from these awesome folks.

Alex Salazar

Partner, Neotribe Ventures

I became an advisor to StepZen because I believe in their vision: Building software is too hard. There are not enough developers to meet demand. Connecting to disparate systems is painful. Building out custom workflows and APIs waste scarce developer time. I believe that StepZen has the team and product to solve this problem.

Alex Salazar

Oliver Dore

Partner, Technology at Work & Co

It is increasingly common for technical architectures to require combining, shaping, and caching data from various sources - and a flexible API to support a multi-channel strategy by default. I believe StepZen can solve a real and pressing need for developers - radically reducing the burden of aggregating data, and instead focus on delivering great user experiences.

Oliver Dore

Randall Degges

Head of Developer Relations & Community, Snyk

There are few things more complicated for a developer than integrating with third-party services. I love working with the StepZen team because they're making every developer's life far simpler and more enjoyable, and that's something I care deeply about.

Randall Degges

Joonas Lehtinen

Co-founder, Vaadin

My passion is simplifying the developer experience. When things just work as expected due to a framework or a platform taking care of low-level details, developers can enjoy an uninterrupted flow and increased productivity. I believe StepZen can drastically simplify Jamstack by turning everything GraphQL and taking friction out of building on it in enterprises.

Joonas Lehtinen

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Passionate about building cutting edge tools for developers? Interested in joining our team as our next frontend developer, full-stack engineer, developer advocate, technical writer, or digital marketer?

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