Lead Architect2017 - PRESENTKörber Digital GmbH (Berlin, Germany)
- Joined Körber Digital, the digital arm of Körber AG, a world leader in the production of manufacturing machines, as their lead architect for smart factories.
- Built a global platform collecting near-real-time telemetry data from industrial machines based on AWS IoT Core, and MQTT.
- Designed and implemented a standalone gateway that was able to connect to a number of PLCs (Siemens S7, Allan Bradley, and others) and send MQTT messages over 4G/LTE connections based on Linux and Node.js; I built this to connect and extract data from industrial machines.
- Developed a fully distributed, microservices-based architecture for the large-scale, globally distributed storage, analysis, and retrieval of time-series data, completely server-less on Amazon AWS.
- Automated the build/test/release/deploy cycle for approximately 40+ individual microservices based on Git, CircleCI, and Ansible.
Interim CTO2016 - 2017Relocately GmbH (Berlin, Germany)
- Worked as the interim CTO of Relocately, a German startup that was innovating the way personal and corporate overseas relocations are handled.
- Joined the Relocately co-founders in the early stages of the company and served as the interim CTO for the first six months until March 2016, then continued as technical and management consultant after successfully hiring their permanent CTO.
- Outlined the initial vision and architecture for the technical platform and led the outsourced teams in charge with the first implementation, while at the same time building the initial in-house technical team.
- Ensured that the platform was centered around SalesForce for both customer and partner management, and was augmented by several in-house external services dealing with the more specialized aspects of the relocation workflow (pricing, logistics, and inventory management).
CTO2015 - 2016Leomo, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan)
Technologies: Android, Linux, Java, Kotlin, Node.js. STM32, ARM Cortex M4
- Joined Leomo (a Japanese startup focusing on a hardware and software solution for professional cyclists) to structure the 20-strong technology team and introduce solid development practices; after the company's pivot from a software-only activity tracking app to a complex hardware and software solution.
- Created the high-level organization of product development, project management, and development practices.
- Drove the product re-architecture from two monolithic blocks (a Python/Django website and back-end, and a single on-device Android application) to a flexible, testable, separate set of microservices and applications/libraries.
- Spent time learning in depth about the hardware development (especially custom Android devices, and low powered external sensors) and gathered some invaluable hands-on experience on Android internals and the STM32/ARM Cortex M4 hardware platform.
Engineering Manager2015 - 2015Groupon (Tokyo, Japan)
Technologies: PHP, Node.js, Java
- Joined Groupon as a consultant to provide help and guidance to the local Tokyo team during their migration of the Japanese-specific site and infrastructure onto Groupon's global infrastructure platform.
- Coordinated the platform and data migration from a monolithic PHP codebase to Groupon's international microservices based platform.
- Trained the local team on the new architecture and coding practices.
Founder | Owner2013 - 2014USRZ.com (Tokyo, Japan)
Technologies: Node.js, Java, Cryptography X509
- Spent approximately one year consulting with smaller startups and more established companies approaching the complex task of building high-profile technology teams in Japan.
- Worked on a few projects that were focused on applied cryptography, specifically trying to address the problems of user, directory, and single-sign-on management across web, devices, and connected services (e.g., SSH) for small-to-medium enterprises.
CTO2010 - 2013Gilt Groupe (Tokyo, Japan)
- Joined Gilt Groupe Japan in order to build and lead the technology team in Tokyo.
- Grew the team grew from three people to more than 20 developers and QA engineers, while we shifted the focus from primarily translating and customizing our US-developed platform to a locally-led and developed system, better answering the demands of the Japanese business.
- Re-engineered the main eCommerce website and moved from a monolithic Ruby on Rails system to a multitiered microservices architecture employing Java and Node.js REST back-end services communicating with a fully responsive Angular front-end.
- Focused on optimizing our hardware investment through the use of Linux and Linux containers, achieving dynamic optimization of hardware resources through pseudo-virtualization and automated deployments, and using third-party services such as Amazon's EC2 and S3 when needed.
- Achieved a better synergy with local partners, especially on the logistics front where we completed the integration with two different Japanese 3PL/WMS solutions for our local warehouses, and on the payment front as we integrated with Japanese credit card providers and local payment methods such as convenience store payments.
- Was directly involved in a more hands-on role, leading the engineering effort behind the main CRM platform overseeing user analysis, segmentation, targeting, and email personalization and delivery.
Reliability Architect2010 - 2010Ning (Palo Alto, United States)
Technologies: Linux, LXC, Java
- Architected and implemented a prototype for a large-scale distributed cloud management infrastructure solution based on Linux containers managed via RESTful services. The resulting platform resembled what today can be achieved with Docker and Kubernetes, from container management to services orchestration.
- Developed a product was designed to manage and optimize the deployment, monitoring, configuration and usage of Ning's internal software on a pool of 1,500+ physical servers and approximately 5,000 virtual machines.
Senior Architect | Tech Lead2006 - 2009Joost (New York, United States)
- Primarily worked on the architecture of the back-end platforms for Joost, a startup company focusing on delivering video over the internet.
- Dedicated most of my time ensuring that our metadata and event collection services could be scaled horizontally in order to cope with traffic demands and could be made fault tolerant.
- Manage a small New York-based team of five back-end engineers, and during this phase, I was given the responsibility of leading the architecture and re-implementation of our web platform.
Member1997 - 2009Apache Software Foundation
Technologies: Java, XML
- Joined the Apache Group in 1997 as one the main contributors behind Apache JServ, the very first open source Java servlet container.
- Helped outline the path behind Sun's donation of the Java Servlet Development Kit (what later became Apache Tomcat), and contributed in the definition of the underlying initial structure of the Foundation.
- Aided in the creation of the Apache XML Project.
- Co-founded the Apache Jakarta Project.
- Contributed to a number of Apache and non-Apache open source projects (Tomcat, Cocoon, HTTPD, JDom, Jetty, and several others).
- Participated in different standardization efforts: I was a member of the expert group of the Java Servlet and JSP specifications (JSR 53, 154 and 315), XML (JSR 5 and 63) and of the overall J2SE 5.0 specification (JSR 176).
Principal Architect2002 - 2006VNU Business Publications (London, United Kingdom)
Technologies: Java, Oracle, Linux, Solaris, XML
- Joined VNU (now Incisive Media), one of the biggest B2B publishing companies in Europe, in early 2002 initially as a senior developer and technical lead.
- Led a small team of Java and XML engineers and focused on a number of different projects.
- Developed VNU's subscriber information database, a unique database collecting demographic data across on-line users and print subscribers.
- Created VNU's web presence: focusing on a cost-effective, open-source based (MySQL, Linux, Apache, Java, Cocoon/XML) replacement of a number of proprietary and extremely expensive systems (mainly Oracle, Sun).
- Constructed VNU's news workflow: the complete back-office re-architecture, integrating the new website's back-end with a new content management system (Hippo), a taxonomy-based knowledge and search engine (Autonomy), Quark DMS (digital asset management and off-line publications), and others.
- Began working on VNU's pan-European architecture and the platform (which my team and I designed for the UK) and scaled it to power the other six European countries where VNU was present.
Senior J2EE Developer2000 - 2001Sun Microsystems (Sunnyvale, United States)
Technologies: Java, J2EE, XML
- Joined Sun's J2EE development team in August 2000 where my primary task was to work on the Servlet API reference implementation: Apache Tomcat.
- Participated in a number of JSRs including the Servlet and JSP, XML Processing, and Java Daemon specifications.