I am a hands-on Technology Leader, Software Architect, Engineer & Entrepreneur with a heavy design focused perspective on things & a proven track record for architecting & building simple, scalable distributed software applications & systems in a variety of environments.
As a design focused individual, I love spending time observing and learning from various architectures and nature. I have studied Computer Science, Industrial Design/Fine Arts and Mechanical Engineering in reverse order. As a photographer, I mostly shoot macro shots with Canon EOS 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens, because it allows me to shoot great shots without any kind of travel :)
I like useful technologies and love building it even more. I enjoy designing and building software systems ranging from clients to large scale distributed systems. In my opinion, high-level design and documentation comes first, then coding-and-testing cycles. And that nothing beats building a team with extremely happy, motivated developers out there no matter what the product/platform is. My happiest moments have been times when we have come up with a series of ridiculously simple solutions for complicated problems and I simply love those aha! moments. Think small and dream big, that's what I'd say.
I have helped design & build/lead many Ask.com systems including many parts Ask's core distribution infrastructure, mobile apps, API platform, high-engagement polls and quizzes platform (currently part of Ask.com home page and integrated with search results) and parts of Ask.com's (crowd sourced) community based Q&A product.
I have been fortunate to be able to hire some awesome engineers and help build at least 2 large teams here at Ask.
Recently I designed a simple, but extremely high performance, durable real-time, stream processing platfrom based on Node.js which me and my team are currently building. It heavily utilizes event-based computing & non-blocking io. I think it easily rivals twitter storm and really attempts to make large-scale distributed/parallel computing accessible and fun! I am hopeful, we will be able to open source it and share with the community. Storm proposes think queues and workers are painful to manage and scale. Well, I beg to disagree, hence this effort.
In my spare time, I like to build my own backends, apps and utilities to keep up with my curiosities. I am a creative person and I enjoy such company. Apart from Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, I have studied fine arts (Industrial Design) and its still a big hobby of mine along with photography & digital DJ-ing.