Where It All Began

"We Are a Band of Revolutionaries in a Palo Alto Garage" - Nick McKeown, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder

Since it’s founding in a Palo Alto garage, Barefoot has revolutionized the tech industry with its programmable forwarding plane technology. For the first time, performance and programmability have been delivered without compromise to the networking industry. We are a team of experts in the areas of programming languages, compilers, hardware and software architectures, as well as state-of-the-art VLSI development. We attribute our breakthrough advancements to our passionate and extremely talented employees. Every team member has contributed to the success and vision of Barefoot. We recognize that we can’t do it alone; together we are transforming the tech industry.

Our team of visionaries has not forgotten our humble/radical beginnings, when we opened our first office in a Palo Alto garage. We are chartering new territory and that takes acts of courage to take risks and a willingness to have intellectual humility. We ask questions and leave room for learning.

We are on a mission to

Unleash the Power of Software to Revolutionize how Networks are Built and Used.

Come join us!

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At Barefoot, we value our team members' hard work and understand that work should be a flexible, healthy and fun place to be. Our office culture is about not taking ourselves too seriously. We don't track work hours and we don't wear suits. We believe when we engage and work as a team we will produce our best work. To achieve this, we offer several benefits to ensure your longevity at Barefoot:

  • Regular Social Gatherings
    Regular Social
  • New Hire Lunches with Co-Founder
    New Hire Lunches
    with Chief Scientist
  • Open Office Hours with Craig Barratt
    Open Office Hours with
  • Activity Groups
    Activity Groups
    such as Cycling, Hiking, Running,
    and Tennis
  • Competitive Benefits and 401k
    Competitive Benefits
    and 401k
  • Company Contributions to Commuter & Transit Program
    Company Contributions
    to Commuter & Transit
  • Generous Maternity/Paternity Leave and Flexible Time Off
    Generous Maternity/
    Paternity Leave and
    Flexible Time Off
  • Fully Equipped Kitchens
    Fully Equipped Kitchens
    with Complimentary Locally
    Roasted Espresso
  • Lunch & Dinner Delivery Service
    Lunch & Dinner
    Delivery Service
  • Competitive Benefits and 401k
    On-Site Gym
    with Towel Service
  • Game Room
    Game Room
  • Zen Relaxation Room
    Zen Relaxation
  • Ergonomic Desks
    Ergonomic Desks
  • Pet Friendly
    Pet Friendly

Our Culture

We believe, each Barefoot team member is accountable for continuously striving to build a culture that models our values. We don't just state our values on a website; we incorporate them in our daily living.

We believe in a culture that emphasizes close collaboration within teams and our clients. Our teams our made up of extraordinarily talented and passionate individuals who strive for results and have fun while doing it. We have developed a supportive culture where we celebrate our team's achievements and successes.

We believe in transparency. We are an open company, not only with aspects of our software being open source (P4), but as a team. We value the ideas and beliefs of each other and have created an inclusive culture where we can help each other grow and learn.


Our management believes that leadership should be accessible and transparent, which is why we support open communications across teams and departments and strive to share information across teams. We create opportunities for open conversation so that leadership always has a pulse on the Barefoot Community, whether it involves open office hours with our CEO or providing interactive company updates that invite employees to contribute and share their ideas, thoughts, and concerns.

“Our employees have a personal stake in the success and accomplishments of Barefoot”

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