About Dean Ellis

I have done many very different things in my life, partly due to an unreasonable number of varied interests. I will spare you my entire life’s story in this space: at this stage of my life, I highly value reducing the distractions.

One thing that has been true throughout my professional life is that I achieve my own success by helping others succeed. This has manifested in a number of ways, but two remain especially relevant:


I first became interested in hypnosis and self-hypnosis when I was a teenager still in high school. I continued using them “the rest of my life” (so far!) in various personal and professional capacities, however I only recognized this as my “calling” a couple of years ago, after the first week of a conversastional hypnosis class I was attending. It is the most fulfiling work I have ever performed. Hypnosis has had a huge impact on my life over the years, so being able to make an even bigger impact on the lives of others is a great feeling.

Technical Support

Over 15 years of my career has involved technical support for open source databases. Whether delivering services as a MySQL Support Engineer myself, building regional and global support teams as a Support Manager, leading the entire support business as VP Technical Support, or focusing directly on innovative growth as a Support Product Manager, I was driven to help others succeed on a daily basis: my customers, my team, and my company. In these varying capacities, I have worked at MySQL AB, Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation, MariaDB Corporation, and Percona.

The Miscellany

You can contact me by email. My name is Dean, of course, and you already know the domain. All you need is an @.