Neil is a Technologist in the Office of the CTO at Confluent, the company founded by the creators of Apache Kafka. He has over 20 years of expertise of working on distributed computing, messaging and stream processing. He has built or redesigned commercial messaging platforms, distributed caching products as well as developed large scale bespoke systems for tier-1 banks. After a period at ThoughtWorks, he went on to build some of the first distributed risk engines in financial services. In 2008 he launched a startup that specialised in distributed data analytics and visualisation. Then prior to joining Confluent he was the CTO at a fintech consultancy.