San Francisco, CAUSA
Hometown: Bothell, WA
January 31, 2014
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).
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.
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.
Big data technologies (Hadoop/HBase), personalization/recommendations, and hiring/managing small teams. I'd love to share stories.
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.