“I highly recommend Marcus Olsson for any company looking for a talented and dedicated
developer advocate / educator. During his time working with me, Marcus showed an exceptional
ability to drive growth, engage communities, and build relationships across various
He played a key role in growing Grafana's plugin ecosystem, and his efforts were integral to
developing a passionate and satisfied user community. Marcus's technical expertise, coupled
with his deep understanding of product development and the developer mindset, make him an
asset to any organization.
His attention to detail, thoroughness, and professionalism are truly impressive. I enjoyed
working with Marcus and hope that our paths cross again someday in the future.”
“I met Marcus in the Grafana world years ago. He came across as a knowledgeable
professional eager to share his wisdom. I am grateful for the time we worked together as he
boosted my Grafana plugin development skills in almost no time.
His easygoing personality and deep technical knowledge form a perfect combination on the
path of educational endeavor. He excels in software documentation and community engagement
I highly recommend him as he aims high and delivers up to industry standards.”
“Marcus is one of the most innovative thinkers and educators that I have met in the
technology sector. His passion for teaching complex ideas and growing diverse communities is
When Marcus and I were teammates, I saw how he created learning experiences and improved
community processes. Marcus's deep knowledge of software engineering allows him to develop
sophisticated tools for teaching a particular product or enabling greater user success. He
was an invaluable member to the entire organization.”
“Marcus is truly T-shaped; he combines technical depth in backend and infrastructure
engineering with a breadth of knowledge in many different areas, such as frontend
development, data engineering, and site reliability engineering (devops), to name a few.
He is also well versed in agile processes and facilitation, as well as a host of software
methodologies, such as test-driven development, domain-driven design, and mob programming.
A senior engineer in our team, he was always careful and skilled in making everyone
understand his reasoning, being an excellent teacher for both teammates and stakeholders.
As a person he is humble and curious, holding strong opinions, but always ready to have them
challenged and to re-evaluate.”
“Marcus and I were the first members of the Community Squad at Grafana Labs. It was a
lot of fun as we both figured out what the team should do and carved out our respective
roles, him as the first Developer Advocate and me as the first Technical Writer. We both
learned a lot from each other.
For me, I enjoyed watching Marcus forge links with the community. He has a gift for
connecting with people individually and for educating groups. Marcus's mix of empathy and
technical expertise has allowed him to nurture the Grafana community and lay the foundation
for the Community Squad to grow inside the company.”
I highly recommend Marcus for any organization seeking a dedicated professional who possesses exceptional technical expertise, outstanding communication skills, and a humble and collaborative approach. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Marcus in building the data platform for Bonnier Broadcasting (now Telia), and he was one of the most talented individuals I've ever worked with.
Marcus has deep technical knowledge. He has an uncanny ability to dive into any subject and just understand it. He always seemed to be able to staying up-to-date with the latest offerings for the products we were using. He was amazing at solving very technical problems, as well as guiding others through it. His technical prowess is in short invaluable to any team or project.
I've already touched upon it but Marcus is also an amazing communicator. He can synthesise information for all kinds of stakeholders as well as colleagues, distilling complex technical concepts into clear and concise language that is easily understood by both technical and non-technical audiences.
Working with Marcus is an absolute pleasure. He's an exceptional team player, consistently demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to contribute to the success of the entire team while at the same time being extremely humble. He actively listens to others, values diverse perspectives, and readily collaborates to achieve common goals.
In summary, Marcus is a highly skilled professional who possesses exceptional technical knowledge, the ability to synthesise complex information while being humble and approachable. I wholeheartedly recommend Marcus for any position that requires technical expertise, effective communication, and a collaborative mindset. He will undoubtedly make a significant impact and be an invaluable asset to any organization.