Docker founder steps down from daily operations

Mike Turcotte-McCusker
Mar 31, 2018
Updated • Apr 1, 2018

Solomon Hykes, the founder of the major container company Docker, announced on March 28, that he will be stepping down from daily operations within the company, via blog post .

Hykes started his post by saying, “Today I’m announcing my departure from Docker, the company I helped create ten years ago and have been building ever since. A founder’s departure is usually seen as a dramatic event. Sadly, I must report that reality is far less exciting in this case. I’ve had many roles at Docker over the years, and today I have a new, final one – as an active board member, a major shareholder and, I expect, a high maintenance Docker user.

But I will no longer be part of day-to-day operations. Instead, after obsessing for so many years over my own ideas, I am rediscovering the joys of putting myself at the service of others – my friends, my family, and the brilliant entrepreneurs I’ve been lucky enough to advise and invest in over the years. Over the coming months I plan to use my experience to help them in any way I can.”

Hykes continues on to explain his history with Docker, from its conception as a company called Dotcloud, through the years as it grew and changed, and how he sees his role in the company changing with the times, even going on to say, “To know that your work was meaningful, and that a vibrant community of people will continue building upon it…. can any founder ask for anything more?”

And then with a metaphoric bow before he heads off the stage, Hykes ends with, “I want to thank from the bottom of my heart every member of the Docker team and community, past and present, for making Docker what it is today. Thanks to you, this founder’s bittersweet moment is mostly sweet. We have built something great together. I look forward to seeing where you will take it next.
Happy hacking,

Current Docker CEO Steve Singh has lead the company since there was a bit of a stir up of management, in May of 2017, but many estimate that under his leadership, the company has seen large gains in growth and revenue.

According to a report from Rightscale,

  • “Container use is up: Docker is used most broadly while Kubernetes
    grows quickly.
  • Overall Docker adoption increases to 49 percent from 35 percent in
    2017 (a growth rate of 40 percent).
  • The AWS container service (ECS/EKS) follows close behind at 44
    percent adoption.
  • Kubernetes sees the fastest growth, almost doubling to reach 27
    percent adoption.
  • Azure Container Service and Google Container Engine also grew
    strongly to reach adoption of 20 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
  • A higher percentage of enterprises adopt all container tools as
    compared to SMBs, with Docker reaching 54 percent adoption among
    larger companies

So with Docker use on the rise, it will be interesting to see if the trend continues, with Hykes stepping back further from operations.

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Solomon Hykes, the founder of the major container company Docker, announced on March 28, that he will be stepping down from daily operations within the company, via blog post .
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  1. docker asker said on April 4, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Is Docker something used only on remote servers or in enterprise situations or are there some practical uses for Docker containers for a regular Windows end user? Can I use containers similarly to a Virtualbox guest OS?

  2. Anonymous said on April 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    What is docker? Link to website?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 1, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Here you go:

  3. Harry said on March 31, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Damn, i hope this won’t have any negative consequences… my friends and i love docking.

  4. RG said on March 31, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Off topic: Not sure if it has been there and I missed it but … Conestoga College? So Mike is Canadian? :D

    1. Mike Turcotte said on April 2, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      It’s always been there ;)

      1. RG said on April 3, 2018 at 7:50 am

        Keep up the good work!

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