Hello fellow mentors! I'm Vrashabh. I'm the head of engineering at a startup called carwow in London. Previously I've worked as a dev manager at Amazon in Edinburgh, at various startups in Bangalore (India). I also helped build a startup a while ago with Imagine-K12 (which is now a part of YC) so it's really fun to join as a mentor at a YC startup. I've worked with and managed many teams of different sizes and composition and interviewed more than <insert-large-three-digit-number> engineers. I am working on scaling my own skills to manage other managers. Excited to share experiences, learn and grow my network!
Hey, I'm available every Friday at 9:30 AM (GMT)
Next time slot available August 7, 2020 9:30 AM (GMT)
Amazon is the most customer-centric website on Earth. I worked for Dynamic Advertising (DA), an important advertising channel for Amazon. DA has tremendous scale and my teams worked with critical systems that handle 30 Billion bid requests a day with an SLA of 40ms per request.
\* I led a 2 pizza team of Machine Learning Research Scientists and Development engineers. We built world class real time bidding models (Neural Nets). I also led a team responsible for customer facing ad creatives.
\* Responsible for delivery and strategic leadership, Operational Excellence (OE) and career trajectory management of my direct reports.
\* Led a project to build monitoring dashboards that spotted falling trends in model bias performances across marketplaces early that lead to finding issues quicker.
\* Led an agile rewrite of implementation processes for the team to introduce sprint based kanban planning (Scrumban) with a vision to improve predictability of delivery within the org.
\* Worked with multiple stakeholders across the US and APAC to efficiently, profitably and smoothly bid across the world(Amazon A9, Amazon IN marketing)
Software Development Manager, Mobile Apps
Jan 2016 - Sep 2017
\* I led a ~20 person agile cross-functional mobile platform team. We improved app retention by 2X(100%) and monthly installs by 3X(200%) within a year.
\* Line managed a team of 11 great engineers and we built the mobile apps (native apps/backend API’s/infrastructure/automation), which collectively have more than a million installs across both stores.
\* We built compelling and engaging features like Personal Finance tracker, Finance 101 Primer, and other personalised features on the mobile apps. Try us out!
\* Was In charge of people development (regular 1-1's, retrospectives). Three promo's and attrition < 10% in 2 years.
\* Interviewed more than a 100 senior engineers, TL's and SDM's, to help hire the best people at BB (Tech / Fitment /Bar raising). Also involved in morphing HR processes to improve hiring funnels
\* Co-created a team called tech brand that is responsible for improving the tech brand outside and inside Bankbazaar via hackathons, blogs and fun fridays. (20% project).
Engineering Manager, Mobile Labs
Jun 2015 - Jan 2016
In my short stint at INSZoom, worked on zoomlee, a powerful and easy-to-use app to securely store all your family's documents in a single location.
\* KRA’s around Product development and coding (80%), people/processes (20%).
\* Built a kickass team of 3 via internal hackathons and sped up app development by 2X (Kanban).
\* Wrote code for, and shipped major app and server updates to both the app stores. (Android , iOS, php).
\* Drove the complete revamp of backend architecture from Zend PHP to the .Net framework.
\* Helped drive marketing for the apps via innovative channels like digital marketing, Facebook ads and physical stall marketing.
\* Brought in a hacker culture and philosophy to the overall org (modelled on Facebook).
Aug 2010 - Dec 2010
In my short stint at Oracle, worked in the retail R&D business unit.
\* KRA’s around bug fixing and coding (100%).
\* Helped build a backend for a data warehouse product called Retail Analytics.
\* Fixed bugs in the Retail management system (RMS v11.0).
Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions
Aug 2008 - Aug 2010
Started my career at Robert Bosch, India a leading supplier of Technology and services headquartered in Germany.
\* KRA’s around Product development and coding (100%).
\* Wrote mathematical algorithms related to dynamic price calculations and lots of front end code on Oracle Forms.
\* Shipped a Multi Lingual Translation tool for Bosch Worldwide, built on Oracle forms and PL/SQL.
\* Wrote database and fronted (dev and maintenance) code for a Market Sales and Planning software for Bosch worldwide.
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