Daniel "Spoons" Spoonhower is CTO and a co-founder at Lightstep. He is an author of Distributed Tracing in Practice (O'Reilly Media, 2020). Previously, Spoons spent almost six years at Google as part of Google's infrastructure and Cloud Platform teams. He has published papers on the performance of parallel programs, garbage collection, and real-time programming. He has a Ph.D. in programming languages from Carnegie Mellon University but still hasn't found one he loves.