Who we are

Now part of Microsoft, Kinvolk is one of the most trusted names in the cloud native space. We build and maintain open source projects based on our expertise that spans all layers of the cloud native stack, from Kubernetes, and down through the container runtimes, systemd and the Linux kernel.

Our values

Contributing > Consuming
Cooperating > Competing
Community > Product
Welcoming > Excluding


To build and promote an enterprise-grade Open Cloud Native stack.

Our History

Kinvolk was founded in 2015 in Berlin. We started as a team of four open source engineers focused on improving existing open source projects rather than creating new ones. Our founding project was building the rkt container runtime alongside CoreOS. Our contributions to rkt cemented our engineering reputation and led to us contributing to many subsequent open source projects together with many of the leading companies in the industry.

Early on, as part of our efforts to support and grow the open source communities we were part of, we started organizing community events. The first was systemd.conf in 2015, shortly after our founding. We continue to put on events. These include All Systems Go! , Cloud Native Rejekts , and the Cloud Native Computing Berlin meetup .

In early 2018, we launched the project that would become our first commercial product, Flatcar Container Linux . We have since announced our ambitions around Lokomotive , our Kubernetes distribution, and Inspektor Gadget , a collection of debugging and inspection tools. Keeping with our original idea, each of these projects builds upon existing open source technologies.

In April 2021, Kinvolk was acquired by Microsoft. We continue as a team within the Azure organization, furthering our mission to enhance open source cloud native technologies with the latest Linux capabilities.

What’s in the name?

Kinvolk is derived from the word “Kinfolk.” In fact, it’s pronounced the same, being that in German the “V” sounds like an “F”. The word kinfolk is a term meaning extended family. And this is how we view the relationship between the Kinvolk team and the communities behind the open source projects we contribute to and interact with. When you do open source right, you don’t do it alone, you do it in collaboration with the extended open source community.

Where to find us

Kinvolk is headquarted in Berlin's Kreuzberg district but is a fundamentally distributed and remote friendly team.

Kinvolk GmbH

Adalbertstraße 6a
10999 Berlin

[email protected]

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