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Garrett W.


San Francisco, CA
Hometown: Bothell, WA

Member since:

January 31, 2014

Tell us about yourself (professionally). What technical leadership experience do you have already?

I cut my teeth at Google working on personalized search and recommendations. I was the technical lead on the personalized recommendations project, but didn't learn how to manage people until I joined WibiData as the first employee in 2010. I've had a great time learning (the hard way) how to manage people instead of technology, and currently trying to learn how to grow engineering managers (the easy way, hopefully).

What languages/frameworks do you program in (Java, .NET, PHP, Ruby, etc.)? What is your favorite, if different?

C++, Java, Python. Despite all the hate on Java, I think it's one of the best languages for startups. It has incredible library and tool support, and doesn't let you create unmaintainable code quite as easily as the dynamically typed or large languages.

What topics might you be interested in?

I want to hear from people who have added the process and structure to engineering organizations as they've grown from hectic startup to scalable business.

Do you have any specific areas of expertise? Would you be willing to share it with the group?

Big data technologies (Hadoop/HBase), personalization/recommendations, and hiring/managing small teams. I'd love to share stories.

What is your favorite version control system and why?

It took me a while to understand git, but I can't imagine doing it differently now.


CTO at WibiData. I care about creating a happy and productive work environment for technical teams, which doesn't often leave me time to code, but it's worth it. Outside of work you can find me on the beach volleyball court.

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