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I make things go

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Saratoga, CA
Member Since Feb, 2018

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Cognizant Transmutation

Cognizant Transmutation

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About Me

As the Chief Architect, Rob guides the evolution of the InformedIQ Software and Infrastructure. His experience spans the rise and fall of many technology lifecycles from machine vision, digitization of professional video production equipment, Internet Infrastructure, Wireless, E-commerce, Big Data, IoT, DevOps and Machine Learning. He has been a founder or a technical leader in several startups in Silicon Valley.

Previously: CoFounder / CTO / SVP of Engineering at Omnyway, Rob is leading the software development and infrastructure efforts of Omnyway Inc. His long history as an early adopter of DevOps, Lean culture and Cloud technology drives Omnyway’s continuous integration / continuous delivery workflow and operations.

Prior to Omnyway, Rob was the Cloud Architect at Mist Systems Inc (http://www.mist.com), where he designed, and led the implementation of the Cloud / Realtime big data Infrastructure and Continuous Delivery process. Mist’s mission is transforming the Indoor Location and WiFi Experience.

From 2008 to May 2013, Rob was a co-founder and the CTO of Runa Inc., developing and deploying a Big Data Cloud based Software as a Service for online merchants. Runa increases conversion of shoppers while on the merchant's site using real-time, individualized promotions. While at Runa he pushed the state-of-the-art in personalization, service scaling, statistical / semantic processing and ajax technologies. Our system architecture includes the use of AWS, HBase/Hadoop, Clojure, AMQP/RabbitMQ, Redis and Opscode Chef. Runa was sold to Staples in 2013.

As the President and Founder of Internet Bandwidth Development since 1998 and as a principal at Opscale from Apr 2013 - Sept 2014, Rob has delivered hands-on design and development to many SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and Big Data companies in Silicon Valley. He has helped them deploy their services, improve their monitoring and implement Continuous Delivery on a variety of Private and Public Cloud / Virtualization Environments. He has created several custom deployment, CI, monitoring and management tools.

Rob has been a principal or founder in several other start-up network services and equipment companies including InterNex, MetroFi and UltraDevices. As an Internet pioneer in the early 90’s, Rob founded InterNex Services which was the first ISP to offer commercial ISDN Internet services, Frame Relay and higher speed business broadband services as well as one of the first o offer shared, dedicated and International Hosting Services. InterNex was later acquired by Concentric/XO.

In 2002 - 2003 Rob was a visiting research fellow at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM www.glocom.ac.jp) in Tokyo with a focus on Open Spectrum technology (UltraWideband spread spectrum, Cognitive / Software Defined Radios, Wireless Mesh Networks, expanded unlicensed 802.11 wireless) and how it impacts spectrum policy.

Over the years Rob has provided technology consulting in Architecture, Due Diligence & Design Review/Evaluation in the realms of backbone networks, access networks, wireless networks, DevOps, software development and innovative Internet/Web applications and services to technology start-ups, top names in Internet hardware and software, as well as venture capital firms, including NEA, Athena Ventures and Panorama Capital.

Companies Rob has worked with as a consultant or advisor include Staples Labs, RFSpot, Continuuity, ElasticBox, Deutsche Telekom Hosted Business Services, Equilar, RiverMeadow, SkyPilot Networks, VISA, Cisco, Ascend, iPass, and Oki Networks. Through IBD he has provided services Rob has been on the Advisory Boards of companies including Netenrich, Vistara, TelTel, Covad, Alteon WebSystems (acquired by Nortel), AboveNet, WeFi, BooRah, GridNetworks, Cloudscaling, Support Intelligence, Cosine Communications and most recently Compass (http://compass.co).

He has been a speaker on Next Generation Networks and DevOps / Cloud Technologies at conferences including RedDotRuby Singapore, HBaseCon, CTIA and APRICOT (Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies).

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