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Peter Zaitsev is the Co-founder and CEO of Percona. Percona provides best-of-breed enterprise-class support, consulting, managed services, training, and software for MySQL®, MariaDB®, MongoDB®, PostgreSQL®, and other open-source databases in on-premise and cloud environments.

Peter leveraged his technical vision and entrepreneurial skills to grow Percona from a two-person shop to one of the business’ most respected open-source companies. With over 200 professionals in 30 plus countries, Peter’s venture now serves over 3,000 customers — including the “who’s who” of internet giants, large enterprises, and many exciting startups.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Peter Zaitsev shares how his company, Percona, serves client database needs
  • The database problem SaaS companies are experiencing
  • Symptoms of database scalability issues
  • Peter’s experience transitioning from the Soviet Union to the US
  • How can brands get in touch with Percona?

In this episode…

If you’re a B2B SaaS owner or run an internet-driven business, chances are that your company depends on a database. One of the significant problems you’ll likely encounter is scalability.

How do you scale your database as your business grows? That’s one problem that Peter Zaitsev is helping companies solve.

Listen to this Inspired Insider Podcast episode with Dr. Jeremy Weisz featuring Peter Zaitsev, the Co-founder and CEO of Percona. They discuss the database problem SaaS companies face, how to solve it, and more.

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Episode Transcript

John Corcoran  0:22  

Hey everybody, this is John Corcoran with Dr. Jeremy Weisz. And this episode is a little bit different. This is a live interview that we recorded at the Global Leadership Conference from Entrepreneurs Organization, where some of the best entrepreneurs from around the globe gathered in Washington, DC, to share ideas and to learn about entrepreneurship. And of course, this episode is brought to you by Rise25, where we help b2b businesses to give to and to connect to their dream 100 relationships and partnerships, helping you to run a podcast so that it generates a referral pipeline and ROI.

Jeremy Weisz  0:56  

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John Corcoran  1:23  

Thanks, everyone enjoy the interview.

Jeremy Weisz  1:25  


Jeremy Weisz here, we’re live from E O, the Global Leadership Summit. And this is brought to you by Rise25. I’m here with Peter and, Peter, tell people about your company and what you do.

Peter Zaitsev  1:51  

Well, so my company is Percona, and we provide solution in open source database space.

Jeremy Weisz  1:58  

Okay, so for a layperson, like me, break it down, what is what does that mean? What, what does the business want from you?

Peter Zaitsev  2:05  

Well, so if you think about modern internet, beyond pretty much any service you use, even Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, wherever there is a database, where all that data is stored, and that database needs a lot of a pretty complicated special care. And that is something what we provide.

Jeremy Weisz  2:24  

How’d you get into this?

Peter Zaitsev  2:26  

Oh, I don’t know, I kind of just liked it from my teenage years, I know that it was something sexy for me to have databases. I know that to be your job. But that’s how it was.

Jeremy Weisz  2:39  

When you get your T shirt. You’re not sexy, unless you know databases. Right? What type of clients come to?

Peter Zaitsev  2:47  

Well, it’s a variety of clients, typically, various folks for which databases are important mission critical for web business. And that may be something of a growing SaaS companies, as well as many enterprises are our customers, you know, fortune 500, fortune 100.

Jeremy Weisz  3:06  

So SaaS company, what kind of problems are they experiencing? When they’re like, We need to call Peter and his company?

Peter Zaitsev  3:12  

Well, if you look at that the Oh, fun. Problem is when the database does not scale. Right. And the database is often that’s kind of messy error in your infrastructure, which is actually pretty hard to scale, right? You just cannot throw more money at the problem and solve it right? You need the expertise. And if your database doesn’t work, well, your application doesn’t work.

Jeremy Weisz  3:37  

So that people know that because it’s not loading fast, like what are some of the symptoms of their database? Not scaling? Well, yes.

Peter Zaitsev  3:45  

I mean, if you’re going to a web page, and you see it’s going to load in and load in and load in, right, and then says, can’t load? Well, chances are, that is because the database is malfunction. It’s not always a database, but it’s often enough, is a database.

Jeremy Weisz  4:00  

So you live in the States, but you grew up in Russia. So I’d love for you to talk about what it was like in Russia and what you bring from your experience from Russia, to what you do now?

Peter Zaitsev  4:12  

Yes, so indeed, I was born in Soviet Union at the time I grew up mainly in Russia. And I think it was very interesting experience for me going through that period of change. Right, then you are born and raised when the Soviet Union was kind of this country, which is the greatest country in the world, which never can fall apart, right? And then boom, you are living in completely different castes. country with completely different rules and just a few short, short years. And I think for me, that maybe created some of you know, distrust with government. Self Reliance, maybe kind of moves me to that being kind of intrapreneur so I think yeah, that’s may come from there.

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