Bret McGowen onstage at a Google Cloud event

Howdy! 🤠 I'm Bret, a software engineer and raccoon fan.

I'm a passionate full-stack web developer and former Developer Advocate at Google where I focused on serverless Google Cloud products like Cloud Functions, App Engine and Firebase. I love to travel and have been to 70+ countries 🌍. I've also been an avid runner, completing 19 half marathons and 5 full marathons.

Bret McGowen in front of a sign that says I Love Tacos

What I've been up to

Screen shot of Google Cloud's Bret McGowen giving a talk about Knative and Kubernetes

Bringing serverless to Kubernetes and Knative (2018)

Talk summary:

Kubernetes and Istio provide a great foundation for orchestrating, monitoring, and scaling your apps. They're open source and work great in your data center or in any major cloud. Meanwhile, the serverless development model has empowered devs to build software faster than ever by eliminating concerns like scaling, networking, load balancing, OS patching, etc.

Combine the power of Kubernetes with the ease of use of serverless to create new, powerful and flexible development experiences.

Watch on YouTube - Devoxx 2018 | (Slides)

Bret McGowen running in front of the Sydney Opera House


From London to Tokyo to Sydney and much more, I used to love going on runs when traveling.

Check out those and more as I start posting some of my old travel runs on my running page.

More about me

I'm into nachos, running, volleyball, and raccoons. Here's me meeting an awesome raccoon:

Bret McGowen meeting an awesome raccoon
Me meeting an awesome raccoon. We have the same hair color! Source: Instagram @Bret.McGowen

Bret McGowen's workspace overlooking New York City.

Prior to Google, I worked in the cloud industry at Rackspace as a software engineer. Before that, I led engineering teams at an e-commerce company, a government laboratory, non-profits and tried my hand at creating two startups. I'm often on the running trail, volleyball court or kickball field.

I earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Texas A&M University. You can find me on Twitter at @BretMcG or @BretMcGowen.

I met a camel named Falcor in the Sahara desert

Bret McGowen taking a selfie with a camel