HashiCorp and Terraform Founder Mitchell Hashimoto Shares Funny Coffee Shop Stories

Tremaine Eto
2 min readNov 15, 2022
Photo by Nils Pascal Illenseer; Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Are you in the software engineering world?

Ever used Terraform? What about Vagrant? Or heard about Packer? Consul? Vault? Nomad? Boundary? Waypoint?

If you said yes to any of the above, then you’ve used technologies that have been directly created by Mitchell Hashimoto, the founder of HashiCorp who operated as CEO and CTO of the company until moving to an individual contributor role in 2021.

In other words, Hashimoto is kind of a big deal in the software and open-source world. In an industry with thousands upon thousands of developers, Hashimoto is one of the most notable.

Recently, Hashimoto revealed in a thread on Twitter some pretty funny stories over several instances where he was working remotely in a Los Angeles coffee shop.

As successful as Hashimoto is, developer faces aren’t typically common knowledge, and what’s more, Hashimoto mentions that he doesn’t necessarily advertise who he is and who he works for.

One sure hopes that the people were speaking positively about HashiCorp. In any case, it’s a decent lesson that you never know who may be listening to your conversations in public settings. To add to that, Hashimoto recanted another instance in which his fellow coffee shop customers probably wish they could take back.

I can only imagine them reading this tweet. Hopefully they can pivot their strategy or hopefully it was just a smokescreen.

The second part of that tweet was a little better in which Hashimoto kind of went undercover like Eli Manning as Chad Powers and helped someone with Terraform, the open-source Infrastructure as Code (IaC) software tool that he created, for…



Tremaine Eto

Senior Software Engineer @ Iterable | Previously worked at DIRECTV, AT&T, and Tinder | UCLA Computer Science alumni | Follow me for software engineering tips!