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Hi πŸ‘‹πŸ½, I'm Diwaker.

I try to write on this site, not as often as I'd like. I occasionally tweet (@diwakergupta).

After more than a decade in California, I moved to New York in 2019.

Here’s a quick summary of my professional career (see my LinkedIn), in reverse chronological order:

  • Hiro (fka Blockstack) [2019-now]: Started as Head of Engineering. Transitioned to VP of Tech overseeing engineering, product and design in 2020. CTO since 2021.
  • Dropbox [2015-2019]: Led a variety of teams in my 4 yrs at Dropbox: storage infrastructure, emails / notification infra, event processing infra, search, ML etc. Most recently I led all of engineering for a group called Intelligence: comprising of ~35 people across ~5 teams β€” search infra, search quality, machine learning, ML platform, ML products. Dropbox went IPO in March 2018.
  • Maginatics [2010-2014]: I was 2nd engineer (and 4th employee) at Maginatics, where we were building an enterprise filesystem designed from the ground us to take advantage of cloud storage. One of the co-founders built the Coda filesystem at CMU for his PhD. I led the team responsible for the filesystem backend, caching, integration with object stores etc. Maginatics got acquired by EMC in late 2014; I was deeply involved in the acquisition process.
  • Aster Data [2009-2010]: Aster built a massively parallel distributed database that could run on commodity hardware, but appear to users as a single, SQL and ACID compliant relational database (postgres compatible). I worked on transparent, real-time scaling up/down of the cluster among other things. Aster got acquired by Teradata in 2011; I left few months before the acquisition.
  • Ph.D. UCSD [2003-2008]: I worked with Amin Vahdat, publishing in conferences like NSDI and OSDI. My research spanned virtualization, distributed systems and networking. My dissertation titled β€œScalable Virtual Machine Multiplexing” won the 2009 UCSD CSE Dissertation Award.