Grew-up in India’s Silicon Valley in a tech-savvy family. As a kid, I played with ‘MS DOS‘, Windows 3.1, BASIC, LOGO and was fascinated by many things like – color monitors, color printing and being able to play music on the computer (yes, that was back in the days when all this was a big deal), the result of which often was messing-up Dad’s computer. I guess all this was an early indication that a software engineer was in the making. No surprises I ended-up getting a Masters degree in computer science and I have been crunching terra bytes of data and implementing cool algorithms to do that, all along my internship and full-time job with Yahoo! Labs. Having started my career in the domain of online advertising, working on algorithms related to behavioral targeting, social network analysis, search query expansion and such, I moved on to work along the same lines with Microsoft in the bay area and that is where I am now. More on LinkedIn.
When I am not coding, you will find me riding my bike (though my wife believes that, it is the other way round). What started off as an alternative means of commute and a good workout, turned into a hobby and that is when I started doing a lot of group rides. Did a lot of training rides, gran fondos and a couple of charity rides and realized I was not bad at climbing hills and I could go fast on a bike. Ride buddies motivated me to try competitive cycling and that is when I singed-up with the San Jose Bicycle Club (SJBC) where I not only learnt about racing but also made a lot of good friends. I raced with SJBC in 2012 starting as a Cat 5 and after a few months with what I consider as moderate success in races, I upgraded to a Cat 4. I decided to join the Audi Cycling Team‘s San Francisco squad for the upcoming racing season, which I am very much looking forward to. Being a numbers/data freak, I publish all the gory details of all the rides/races on Strava and then drool upon stats of the fast riders out there.
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