I am an entrepreneur, software engineer, dad and mentor. I spent the early part of my career working in storage/file/database systems at various firms (Oracle/Netapp/Yahoo and finally Facebook) and unnamed startup ventures. At Facebook, I spent a lot of time on Hadoop and Hive and then later co-founded Qubole where I wore the CTO hat for many years and ran Engineering, Operations and later Product as well. YourStory ran a hagiography on me a few years back that captures more details of my time on Earth so far!
Lately, I have been advising young startups on strategy and fund-raising. DMs on this topic are welcome from fellow entrepreneurs. You can find me on LinkedIn, @jsensarma (Twitter), Quora or message me directly at jsensarma on gmail. I love looking at the world through a lens. You can check out some snaps on the Photography tab or follow me on 500px where I tend to post occasionally.
Some of the blogs on this site became more popular than I anticipated:
- How the JEE made me : Reminiscences on getting into IIT. A good handful of people joined Qubole after reading this and I continue to run into people who came to know of me via this post.
- The post above led me to meet Rajiv Dandotiya – whose life story I then helped to capture. This story went viral and is widely copied on the web.
- A couple of blog posts on Amazon’s Dynamo DB – this and this started some flame wars on the net. Probably not the wisest thing to do – but I was young!
My early Quora posts also continue to attract some traffic:
- Why doesn’t India produce a Google/Facebook etc.: The answer desperately needs an update – things have changed a lot now – but it did capture the state of the world back in 2012
- Story of how we built Hive at Facebook: how a project to solve usability issues around Hadoop ended up being one of the most popular Data Warehouses in the world.
Of late, I have been posting articles on LinkedIn Pulse:
- Be Paranoid, Be Water: thoughts on surviving in a competitive landscape. Captures some of my core management philosophies (but there’s a ton more to write on this topic)
- The Business of Open-Source: How the attempt to create monopolies via Open-Source is causing friction in Tech-land and creating a trap for customers.
Politics is a hard topic to avoid. Some scattered writings:
- India – waiting for the godman of it’s destiny: posted on Facebook Notes (a product that FB seems to want to kill). After all these years – it still rings true and eerily prophetic for its time.
- A couple of answers on Quora cracking how much effort the Modi Govt. put (or didn’t!) into Solar infrastructure and Bogibeel bridge