About us

Vision

A world where you always find what you’re searching for.

Mission

Empower businesses through meaningful, scalable search experiences.

How we started

Bonsai was developed by One More Cloud, a bootstrapped software firm that provides specialized hosted cloud services. Launched in 2012, Bonsai was the first hosted Elasticsearch-as-a-service on the market and remains the leader in providing world-class search solutions and in 2021, Bonsai became the first Opensearch provider.

Based in Austin, Texas, our company is small and independent. Since day one, we’ve been self-funded, profitable, and beholden to our customers alone. We are driven to provide world-class experiences for developers and businesses.

FEBRUARY 2005

THE FIRST PROMINENT OPEN SOURCE SEARCH LIBRARY, APACHE LUCENE, BECOMES A TOP-LEVEL APACHE PROJECT. MODERN SEARCH IS BORN.

SEPTEMBER 2008

THE OMC TEAM LAUNCHES WEBSOLR, A HOSTED VERSION OF SOLR. IT IS THE FIRST HOSTED VERSION OF SOLR ON THE MARKET. CHAMPAGNE TOASTS ENSUE.

FEBRUARY 2010

SHAY BANON RELEASES ELASTICSEARCH, A MODERN DISTRIBUTED SEARCH ENGINE BASED ON LUCENE.

OCTOBER 2012

THE OMC TEAM LAUNCHES THE FIRST HOSTED ELASTICSEARCH SERVICE IN THE WORLD. MORE CHAMPAGNE TOASTS ENSUE.

2012

BONSAI LAUNCHES THE FIRST HEROKU ELASTIC SEARCH ADD-ON AND SUPPORTS SEARCH FOR ENGINEERING TEAMS AT HARVARD, SHOPIFY, SALESFORCE, TRUNKCLUB, AND MORE.

2015

BONSAI ADDS ENTERPRISE-GRADE INTEGRATIONS AND SUPPORT FOR ELASTICSEARCH.

TODAY

16,000+ ACTIVE CLUSTERS ON THE BONSAI PLATFORM.

Allison Zadrozny

Lead Designer & Front End Engineer
Austin, TX

Brian Pedersen

Head of Sales
San Diego, CA

Christine Oen

Lead Product Engineer
Austin, TX

Dan Simpson

CTO
San Diego, CA

Dru Sellers

President, COO
Austin, TX

Emily McLenachen

Account Manager
Gilbert, AZ

Leo Schuster

Customer Success Engineer
Austin, TX

Lisa Watts

Office Manager
Austin, TX

Maddie Jones

Customer Success Engineer
Boulder, CO

Melissa Allison

Director of Operations
Austin, TX

Nick Zadrozny

Founder & CEO
Austin, TX

Rob Sears

Director of Customer Success
Omaha, NE

Sam Oen

Platform Engineer
Perth, Australia

The team

Our entire team, starting with the founders, includes developers, engineers, scientists, and designers. We love everything about search — and we care about making sure you and your users achieve the best search imaginable.

What we do

Together, this small but mighty team leverages our unique skill set in distributed computing to offer unparalleled search. From large tech companies and ecommerce brands to libraries and nonprofits engaging with their communities — our goal is to ensure that organizations at any scale, and their users, find what they are searching for.

Quote

“No one knows Elasticsearch better than Bonsai. We've been able to avoid hiring that expertise in-house because of the support that we're getting with Bonsai.”

— Nathan Sprout, Head of Product, ActionSprout

Open Invitation

We’re always looking for amazing talent even if we don’t have the perfect position open. If you want to be a part of our team, send your resume to info@bonsai.io.