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Gautam Prabhu

VP Engineering

San Francisco Bay Area

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VP Engineering

Y Combinator

YC Continuity Advisor

FogDog Sports

Software Engineer

June 1999 to January 2001

Redwood City, CA

Gautam Prabhu's Education

Stanford University

B.S., Computer Science

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VP Engineering @ PagerDuty YC Continuity Advisor @ Y Combinator Software Engineer @ FogDog Sports Fogdog was one of the first e-commerce sites focused on the sporting goods market. I developed applications (wishlist, shopping cart, checkout, etc.) primarily in C++, with some occasional C and Perl mixed in. I got to experience the rollercoaster ride of the dotcom boom (and bust) here. Along the way, I made some lifelong friends, and fondly remember hearing the phrase "See ya, half-day!" if I left the office before 9pm.In 2001, Fogdog was acquired by GSI Commerce From June 1999 to January 2001 (1 year 8 months) Redwood City, CASoftware Engineer @ Sun Microsystems I joined a small startup called CenterRun software, that was acquired by Sun about 6 months after I started.CenterRun built an enterprise system that automated deployment of software within a datacenter. I did both front-end and back-end development and worked with an amazing team of engineers. This was my first exposure to concepts like ORMs, unit testing and large-scale release planning, and I learned lessons here that have helped me throughout my career. Technology stack was mostly Java. Following the acquisition of CenterRun, I stayed at Sun Microsystems and continued to work on the product. We were part of the N1 group - Sun's initiative to built out more software services. I met a lot of new, interesting people, and for the first and only time in my career, had a gigantic office to myself.I worked on one last major release of the software, and was the author of the "plugin" system of CenterRun, which allowed 3rd parties to bundle software components for easier deployment on any server running our software. From January 2003 to June 2005 (2 years 6 months) Vice President Engineering @ Zendesk I was responsible for the Shared Services team at Zendesk. Zendesk had moved from a single offering to selling a broad suite of products. Some of these products were built internally and some were acquisitions. Any software meant to be common between these products -- from a backend service to a common UI -- is defined as a shared service. In practice, this meant taking over our existing Infrastructure, Security, API, Data Science & Data Engineering teams. I also built a new cross-product platform engineering team from scratch and led several large cross-product integration projects. I also was part of the engineering due diligence process for acquisitions that Zendesk made.This role spanned San Francisco, Ireland and Australia. It required video calls at strange hours, and a lot of time spent on airplanes. But I learned some great lessons about running distributed teams. From November 2015 to November 2017 (2 years 1 month) San Francisco Bay AreaDirector of Engineering @ Zendesk I joined Zendesk and led the feature development arm of the software engineering team. We did full-stack development, working with Product Management to build most of the user-facing parts of the Zendesk application. Major initiatives in this role included:-- Taking responsibility for most of the San Francisco engineering team and growing it. Lots of recruiting and interviewing.-- Organizing the monolithic team into smaller development teams that work according to Scrum processes. These teams consist of a team lead, 4-8 developers, as well as embedded product managers and QA. The teams are organized around ownership of products/features. The goal was to create self-sufficient teams that are able to own and ship entire products, minimizing dependencies on other groups. This is the structure that is now used globally at Zendesk.-- Shipping a successful ground-up rewrite of the entire Zendesk UI and v2 of our REST API. This rewrite took the product from a traditional Ruby on Rails MVC application to a single-page JavaScript application written in Ember.js that uses our Rails REST API for data retrieval/persistence. It's the longest-running software project I've been a part of and I learned some great lessons along the way.-- Partnering with Product Management to build and execute on the Zendesk roadmap. Work with the software development team to build and execute on an internal technical roadmap as well.-- Building our college internship/hiring program.-- Taking on responsibility for the Quality Assurance team when it needed leadership, hiring new team members, finding a new manager for the team and setting a vision for how QA could more effectively work with our engineering team. The quality assurance team consists of engineers focused on manual testing as well as functional test automation. From September 2011 to November 2015 (4 years 3 months) San Francisco Bay AreaVice President Engineering @ PowerReviews PowerReviews develops SaaS software for e-commerce websites, to run their product reviews and product Q&A.I was on the founding team of 4 people. Along with one other engineer, I did much of the early development work. After we'd launched a product and raised our first round of funding, I took over the role of VP of Engineering. This involved:-- Building an engineering team - recruiting, hiring, mentorship and retention of an extremely talented team of engineers.-- Day-to-day oversight over the engineering team-- High-level strategic vision of our architecture and our product.-- Maintaining relationships with our largest clients. -- Oversight of major architectural initiatives.-- Shared responsibility with product management for creating our product roadmaps.-- Fixing the occasional bug & contributing to the occasional feature.PowerReviews grew to serve roughly 1000 customers, some of which were the biggest companies in e-commerce. After I left, PowerReviews was sold to BazaarVoice (NASDAQ: BV) and later spun out again into an independent company. Long story. From June 2005 to September 2011 (6 years 4 months) San Francisco Bay AreaSoftware Engineer @ GSI Commerce GSI Commerce develops and operates e-commerce sites for large retailers. My main project there was building an email delivery system that would allow us to bring marketing emails in-house. This involved building web applications for creating, approving, and reporting on email campaigns, server-side software for delivering millions of emails a day, as well as significant systems administration for the application and mail delivery servers. I learned more about the technical and non-technical aspects of email delivery than I'd ever wanted to know.I worked mostly in Java, along with some C++ and Perl.GSI Commerce later was acquired by eBay, becoming eBay Enterprise From January 2001 to July 2002 (1 year 7 months) San Francisco, CA

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