My name is Brian Zambrano and this is my tiny corner of the internet where I (mostly) talk about software and related technology. I currently reside in Fort Collins, CO with my wife and twin boys. In addition to software I really like the outdoors, coffee and cycling.

You can read more about my professional background on my LinkedIn profile. In a nutshell, I grew up in Sunnyvale, CA and originally studied Materials Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I ended up back home in the middle of the first dot-com boom in 2000 and fell into software. Eventually I got a second degree in computer science from San Francisco State University.

Areas of interest

I taught myself Python around 2001 and have been using continually since then. In addition to Python my current areas of interest are:

  • Serverless applications and architecture
  • Amazon web services
  • Microservice design and architecture
  • Docker
  • Elixir and its ecosystem (Phoenix, Erlang)
  • Scaling development teams and platforms

Of course, I have many more interests but those are the highlights.

I’m currently employed at Very building awesome things for our clients.


Serverless Design Patterns and Best Practices

I am the author of the Packt Publishing book Serverless Design Patterns and Best Practices There are plenty of good tips and tricks in there for anyone building serverless applications, and I’d encourage you to check it out.

My book covers several general patterns for serverless applications which may be applied to most cloud providers. Each chapter has a real-world example of an application which explains a particular pattern. All of the code for the example can be found in this Github repository: brianz/serverless-design-patterns


I currently hold an AWS Certification as a Solutions Architect:

AWS Certified Architect AWS Solutions Architect - Associate


In 2008 I had an idea for a SAAS platform for coffee roasters. That idea grew and turned into RoastLog. I’ve been running RoastLog as a real business since 2009 with my long-time friend and business partner, Linsey Fan. RoastLog is used every day of the week all over the world to help coffee roasters run their business.